Although I've almost always got something on my knitting needles, the results rarely make it to the blog.
I don't really know why that is. Maybe I find it harder to write about knitting? I often find that by the time I reach the end of a knitting project I'm ready to be done with it. I've had enough - however much I enjoyed the knitting process and like the end result - and I don't want to think about it too much more.
I thought I'd try and change that, and start by sharing the project I've just finished.
Please excuse the photos, I somehow managed to cut the top of my head off in every one I took!
The pattern is Relax by Ririko, available on Ravelry.
I've been admiring these simple, wide sweaters for a while now, but wasn't sure if they'd suit me. However, I recently bought a fine knit cardigan in a similar shape and find myself reaching for it over and over, so I decided that maybe a sweater would be a good idea.
I made the extra small size, so it's probably not quite as wide as intended, but I really like it. It feels very relaxed, but not sloppy. And it was so relaxing to knit! I've come to realise I really do like knitting miles of stocking stitch, particularly in the evenings. As long as I remember to count my rows I can just switch off and enjoy it, without the stress of following a difficult stitch pattern or chart.
That's not to say I don't like knitting more complicated things - I do - just that I'd forgotten how nice and relaxing something like this could be.
The yarn I used is from Colourmart, one of their shiny cottons. It's a cashmere/cotton/angora/merino blend and is very soft. The angora is a bit sheddy - it's currently leaving pink fluff on my dark jeans - but it's not too bad.
I can see me getting quite a bit of wear out of this sweater, so much so that I've just ordered some yarn for another one! I think I might make the next one a little bit longer, but that's the only change I'd make.