this summer, i officially took a holiday from my sweater-a-month project - but what i didn't tell you was that i was still unofficially working away on a sweater. i worked on it over the summer while i was in the midst of tons of other things, and it's been waiting for buttons for a while now. well, the long-awaited buttons have finally arrived, and they were absolutely worth the wait...
started: 18th july 2008
finished: 18th september 2008
pattern: what pattern? this is the simplest of simple cardis - a top-down, one-piece raglan in garter stitch. i made it up as i went along.
needles: 5mm for the yoke, 5.5mm for the midsection, and 6mm for the bottom - i created a slight a-line shape by increasing needle size as i progressed down the body rather than by adding stitches.
yarn: a souvenir from paris, the yarn is 100% gray silk tweed and roughly an aran weight. i only had four skeins of it (about 1000 yards), and ran out just at the end of my knitting, so i used less than a ball of noro silk garden to add the cuffs & the short-row triangular edgings. the yarn is gorgeous - despite its fairly rustic look, it's incredibly soft & drapey.
buttons: oh, the buttons - the finishing touch, from stonehouse supply on etsy. she custom-made me a set of buttons after i sent her a yarn sample - perfection!
& as for the name - i've been reliably informed by a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan that this cardi bears a striking resemblance to the mithril coat. i'm not sure if this means that i, therefore, bear a striking resemblance to a hobbit, but i'm sure it was meant as a compliment...