Green with evil

Actually, there’s no evil to be found here. It’s just that when I was in high school, my favorite television show was Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and there’s a character on that show, Zorak, who describes himself as green with evil. I repeated the phrase so often that green and evil are sort of permanently linked in my mind. Green is also one of my favorite colors, so there’s a hugely positive association with this green evil business. A frightening little tour of my psyche, that.

Anyhoo, I’ve had a lot of deadline knitting lately, and I’m not the fastest knitter on the block, so I have had relatively little time to knit simply for fun or to knit other people’s patterns. I say relative, because a lot of more prolific designers than I am have far less time to knit anything just for fun. I’ve had a couple of little windows between projects, though, and I used that time to knit a little warm weather cardigan.

The pattern is Safire, by Hilary Smith Callis. She’s got a lot of lovely sweater patterns that I want to knit, but I picked this one when I was looking for something to do with my pretty Sundara Merino DK the Second. It’s club yarn, and the yardage ended up being less than expected, so while it’s lovely, I couldn’t use it for the project I originally had in mind. The color was so bright and pretty, though, I didn’t want to use it for an accessory, so I went looking for a shrug or cardigan pattern that would work with less than 600 yards of yarn. Safire fit the bill, and as I quite like cropped cardigans, it was a really appealing option.

This is a great (and free!) little pattern. I was over on gauge even with smaller needles, so I knit the smallest size, and it fits perfectly after blocking. While I did not otherwise make any modifications, if I were to knit this a second time, I would not do the waist decreases, and I probably will still add a crocheted edge to the button bands. I feel like the decreases break up the ribbing in a way I’m not that fond of, and the ribbing itself works pretty well to nip in at the waist. That’s a matter of taste, though, and the decreases aren’t especially noticeable when I’m wearing the sweater.

I have yet to get modeled photos, but I have worn the sweater out and about. We don’t get super warm weather even during the summer most of the time, and our summers are always punctuated by cold spells, so a little layering piece like this is ideal. The yarn is pretty dreamy – very firm and smooth and it feels like it will wear like iron despite being soft on the skin. The color is also gorgeous. It’s called  Turning Leaves in the Fog, and the spring greens are punctuated with the occasional cool streak.

I’m sneaking in an apology at the end here – I know apologizing for failure to blog is silly and pathetic, but I can’t help it! I have a post about nostalgia on deck but I haven’t found time to finish it, so it may be only posts when I finish a project for a while. Mea culpa! And happy summer!

9 Responses to “Green with evil”

  1. Lina Says:

    This is just gorgeous, Kristi! I love everything about it, but especially its evil color. 😉

  2. Valerie Says:

    Gorgeous – and I love the colour. The pearl buttons make it!

  3. Emily Says:

    Ah, the no-blogging apology: so hard to avoid, even when one knows it’s silly. I feel you there.

    And your little sweater is so pretty! Love the button choice and you know my feelings on Sundara. 🙂

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  5. Rosemary Says:

    Gorgeous!! I am eyeing various cardigan patterns for my nice aqua-blue yarn, once all my wedding-related knitting is finished … adding this one to the list. (And Sundara yarns … aaah, me. Someday I shall splurge on them …)

  6. Jacey Says:

    Ooh, it’s beautiful! I love the color so much!

  7. Natalie Says:

    I love it! Of course I’m a green addict, but it’s lovely. How about a modeled shot, eh?

  8. Julie Says:

    it’s beautiful!! I love the pearl buttons, it looks so timeless. Great job!

  9. Hilary Says:

    First of all, I *always* feel the need to apologize for lack of blogging so do not think it’s pathetic. And I’m going to sneak in an apology, too, for failing to comment on this post for so long! I saw it when you first posted (I do quite a bit of blog-reading while nursing the baby, actually) but am just now sitting down with a real keyboard. I LOVE your Safire! Your yarn and button choices could not have been more perfect. And I’m thrilled you’re happy with it! YAY!!

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