（日本語は英文のあとに続きます。Text in Japanese will follow English）
This is my second piece of hand-made knitwear, my interest in knitting growing steadily since making the lacey top in the summer. I find it so relaxing to knit in between sewing projects as it is easy to pick up and leave off and do just about anywhere!
The weather in Tokyo is still not cold enough to wear this but I am sure I will get a lot of wear out of this once the weather gets colder. It is actually the yarn which inspired me to knit this time. I came across Malabrigo yarns randomly through a Japanese online shop, ordered some, and then found this lovely Alpenglühen pattern on Ravelry. It was so easy to follow even though it was my first time working with a non-Japanese pattern (Japanese patterns give instructions using a grid with numbers and symbols on it instead of text).
I love the modern fit with the waist-shaping and the traditional feel of it (the cables). The yarn is super soft and a dream to work with.
This time, I blocked the cardigan by spraying water onto it instead of submerging the entire thing in water like I did with my last project. It was a lot easier to handle and it dried overnight, without any mildewy smell like I experienced with the last project after blocking as it took so long to dry.
The project went very smoothly, the whole cardigan took only 1.5 months of infrequent knitting. The only bottleneck was when I had to choose the buttons. I wanted something really special so I picked up several types of cute vintage buttons from a cute little shop in the neighbourhood to see whether they would work, but they stood out too much. Eventually I discovered bags of discontinued old stock of buttons in a local sewing shop which which are shoved behind a display of buttons, and rummaging through these bags, I found these marbly grey buttons – nothing special but I think they “blend in” pretty well:)
This was such a positive knitting experience I can’t wait to start my next project!
Pattern: Alpenglühen by Isabell Kraemer on Ravelry
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Stone Blue (used 3.5 skeins)
Needles: US 7 , US 8
What are on your knitting needles?
パターン：Alpenglühen by Isabell Kraemer on Ravelry
毛糸：Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (Stone Blue)を 3.5玉ぐらい使いました。毛糸ピエロで購入