It was a lovely, soft, merino/silk blend and nearly 3000 yards in a single skein. If you're wondering, yes, that's crazy good yardage for one skein. It took a REALLY long time to wind this tidy hank into a ball. And maxed out the capacity on my ball winder.
|Pint jar for scale|
As soon as it was successfully wound, the hubs reminded me of the yarn spike I had recently purchased and this giant ball of yarn was immediately moved from the winder to the spike. I don't even want to think about the mass of knots 3000 yards of lace could create.
Deciding to knit a Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig was easy. Getting gauge was a little harder.
It took a few tries...
Collar completed, I readied things to pick up the sleeves. I knew that my gauge (number of stitches per inch, which affects the size of the knitted object) changed when I went from knitting flat (back and forth, like for the body) to when I knit in-the-round (around and around, like for sleeves). But I had no idea how much this changed with lace-weight yarn. Sadly, I didn't learn how much this affected things until I was halfway done with both sleeves. And those both got ripped back.
Back to more swatching... 3 more swatches later, and I finally had a close enough approximation of gauge that I felt like the sleeves wouldn't be too tight.
November was the month to finish this bad boy. It's been marinating a long time and it needed to be off of the needles. Needed to be done.
And shortly before Thanksgiving, it was.
|Fresh off of the needles, all it needed was a nice wash & patted into place to dry flat.|
It's been worn several times already & I love it. It's surprisingly warm for being such light fabric and I hope to wear it for years to come... since it took years to make!!