Back before I went to Cornwall I gave you a sneak peek at a project that I had just finished but hadn’t modeled. I now can present the Tilted Duster.
I love this cardigan probably more than any of my other knits. It is warm and fashionable and I have the satisfaction of reusing a great yarn. I frogged my second sweater, Rogue, made out of Rowan Magpie Aran to make this. I never really wore Rogue, it was a challenging knit and I learned a lot and did wear it a bit, but it was baggy and heavy and got tossed to the side. The yarn is a really sturdy yarn and I had just enough to finish this project. It probably took me a couple of months altogether but it did go in hibernation for a while. The sleeves and top half went very quickly but man, that skirt took ages. I finally took it out of hibernation and finished it over a few bad movies and episodes of Voyager. I’ve not blocked it because I was so keen to wear it, so I think it’ll look a bit smoother and flatter once I do. I don’t know when that’ll be because I never take it off.
The only thing I maybe don’t like about it is the collar, it is just a bit too big, but seems to roll over pretty well. I did knit the smallest size and everyone was complaining about the sleeves being so tight so I knit them the next size up and a bit longer and I’d say they’re pretty perfect.
Now for the surprise. Did you happen to notice anything different about me in those photos? No? I’ll give you a little hint.
I am pregnant! Big cookies for those who may have guessed it! I am about 6 weeks along and am so pleased, we have wanted children for a while now and was a bit surprised myself when my test came out positive while we were in Cornwall (in a cafe, of all places to pee on a stick). I am due about December 1st which means I have seven months to knit a whole arsenal of baby clothes. I have even started on a tiny guernsey and I can’t believe that there’ll be someone small enough to wear it. I’m sure I’ll be a baby bore over the next months (and years) but I promise there’ll still be some knitting. Thank goodness the Tilted Duster is the perfect cardigan for my future bump.