The pattern is clearly written and easy to follow. Being relatively new to stranded knitting, I was not quite sure what to do with the main colour when only the alternative colour was used for knitting the sheep bodies. I emailed the designer Anne Myhre, who is Pinneguri on Ravelry. Within one hour I had a reply and continued knitting. I felt a bit silly for asking because the answer was so obvious that I should really have figured it out for myself.... drop the main colour and pick it up again later. Of course.
Once the sleeves were in, it was a breeze to finish the yoke although the last row of sheep was a bit troublesome. I had to knit this sheep row several times until I was happy with it. I didn't quite like the faces as they were in the pattern and made some adjustments (I tried and frogged, no planned adjustments).
I knitted the border on each side of the steek before cutting the masterpiece. I was so exited to get to the point of cutting that I forgot to take a picture. I folded the steek in to give a smooth finish and hand seamed it.
I think the inside of the cardigan looks just as nice as the outside (but in a different way).
Then I closed the underarm holes and spent a good while selecting buttons. I found perfect ones in my granny's jar of buttons. It is nice to have something from my late granny added to a cardigan destined for her newest great grand child.
Next I washed the cardigan with Fairy Liquid (dishwash liquid) because this is what was suggested to us when I went to a Fair Isle knitting class last year. I gave the cardigan a good workout, I pulled and tugged and kneaded it for a good while before pinning it down on a towel to dry.
I am really pleased with the result. I would happily wear an adult version of the cardigan. My only worry is that the cardigan will be too scratchy for a little baby... Jamieson 2ply jumper wool is rather rough to the touch. Personally, I love the scratchiness of wool but I am on the eccentric side. The smell of the cardigan is quite divine, too. Nothing much beats the smell of sheep wool and I would be the first to buy a sheep wool perfume if it existed.
I don't know what is going to be my next "big" project. I have a pattern in my queue on Ravelry that I might try. It is a lacey shrug of sorts, perfect for a cool summer's night. But I can't imagine it being summer just now and I am not sure if the time is right. I always find that the time needs to be just right for a project. Another option is to make a new jumper for Sam. He has ordered a replica of an orange pullover I made a few years ago and is now too small.
For now, I am working on my March sock. It is looking good so far. I am also making a granny square tea cosy because I wanted one for a long time. What are you making just now?
Have a great weekend. Cx