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May 18 / Dani

April’s Amiga

My 12 sweaters in 12 months challenge keeps plodding along. I will admit that this month I am starting to feel a little ho-hum about knitting sweaters, which may be because this month I am making Beagle for TJ. I am done the sleeves an have started on the back, but it is obvious that I am behind.

That all being said, I love my April sweater. Love love love it.

This is Amiga, from the newest Knitty, modified slightly. I shortened the sleeves quite a bit, and also lengthened the body. I omitted the button holes because I knew I wanted to use my Jul Silver pedestal buttons (these things are amazing. They are two round pieces of leather with holes in the middle. There is a silver pedestal style screw in the middle of them that lets you put a button on anything knit, whether or not there is a button hole there. Isn’t that awesome? I bought a big set when they came in to the shop).

But my favourite thing about this sweater is the yarn. While I was home visiting my parents I stopped by my old yarn shop, Unwind, to visit Wendy. Wendy carries Americo, and ever since I saw her Roman Holiday I have been daydreaming of using Cotton Flame. I was really surprised that it was more cost effective than I thought it would be. Believe it or not, the yarn for this sweater cost just about $20 (it was $18 a ball, and I used barely over 1 ball). It is soft and airy and wonderful to knit with. It is sort of a slubby yarn, but it is two ply so it is really strong.

I love it so much I called Wendy and ordered another ball to go with the almost full ball I have left. And that is because in June I am going to take a break from sweaters and make two shawls. One will be Roman Holiday (which I am hoping I can do on Laura’s knitting machine) and the other will be a Romney Kerchief out of Shelter. Yup, I caved. Last night I ordered two balls of it in Faded Quilt. The photos, the colours, the patterns, the MARKETING has sucked me in. I have to try this stuff to see if it is worth all the hype. It’s really pricey at $12.50 a ball compared to say, Briggs and Little or Bartlett, both of which I love, so I am hoping that it is significantly different.

But for now I will keep wearing my Amiga and loving it. It’s like wearing a cotton ball.

PS – could there be any more links in this post? Sheesh!

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  1. Mom / May 18 2011

    So pretty. I love that colour on you, and the pattern is so lacey looking. Love the button too, may have to get some of those for myself.
    P.S. The backdrop is making me homesick LOL!

  2. missbedora / May 18 2011

    First thing I said was “love that button!” Great sweater, can’t believe the price!

    L

  3. Lynne / May 23 2011

    TOO cute!

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