WIP Wednesday: Little Needles, Lace & Unicorns!

I recently decided that I’m only going to knit things that make me supremely happy during the process. And there are three things that make me happy about knitting: a good wooly yarn, a delicious color, and interesting stitch patterns that I can memorize. To that end, I’ve been knitting the Aspens Cardigan from the book Free-Spirit Knits in a bright green Cormo wool. As the sun warms up this corner of Colorado and my flowers bloom, this lightweight knit is hitting all my happy buttons.

aspens cardigan
This cardigan, the cover project from Free-Spirit Knits, is worked in one piece from the bottom up in a fingering-weight yarn, with lace panels along the front bands and down the center back. It’s fairly simple knitting, featuring stockinette sections, waist shaping, and a minimal garter edge. I LOVE small needles and a minimally processed wool with character. This yarn is Cormo Fingering from Sincere Sheep, a company that I just adore. All of their yarns are made in the U.S. and dyed with natural dyes. Not only that, but their mission is to produce breed-specific yarns.

What is a breed-specific yarn?

Well, a breed-specific yarn is one that has been produced solely from one sheep breed, which makes a yarn that emphasizes all the best qualities of the breed. In my case, that’s Cormo sheep. Cormo is similar to Merino, with a soft hand and long, fine fibers. In fact, Cormo is a hybrid of Merino and Corriedale.

Sincere Sheep’s Cormo Fingering is a two-ply with a semi-woolen spin (learn about woolen yarn here and a resulting matte finish and airy, bouncy feel. It feels good to knit!), and the bright green dye has a subtle tonal quality, shifting through deeper green to almost yellow and back. The color is called Katydid, which just makes me even happier about it.

I bought this yarn at Interweave Yarn Fest in March. I kept walking by the booth and looking at the bright green yarn, hung neatly on a peg. I walked by it over and over again, just looking at it. Then, finally, I bought three skeins! And to go with it, I bought this adorable unicorn project bag from the Erin Lane booth. So much happy!

unicorns

My knitting looks a little rumpled right now, but the good thing about non-superwash wool is that it blocks out nicely while retaining body. A good blocking will open the lace and flatten the edges, giving me a crisp, neat little knit in this happy green.

I’m pretty easy to please. Just give me bright colors, little needles, lace, and unicorns.

So. What ya knittin’?

—Lisa


Make your own Aspens Cardigan!

 

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