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Making the Glenfiddich Cardigan

In mid-September I took a trip to Ireland. I attended a conference in Dublin and following that, toured around for another six days before heading home.

On day three I found a local yarn store called The Constant Knitter. It’s on Francis Street, a part of Dublin that was on my way home every day! To celebrate the spirit of local, I wanted to buy some locally made Irish wool to make something that will remind me of my trip.

The only locally milled yarn that was made with a good percentage of Irish wool that she carried, was Cushendale Woollen Mills. There were all kinds of colours, but I fixated on “Butter”. A gentle, warm yellow with wee shots of orange in it making it ever so slightly heathered. I had no idea what I wanted to make, just that I wanted to make something memorable. Long story short, before long I settled on 7 balls of yarn – 100 g and 200 m. Giving me a total of 1,400 m of yarn to work with. Whatever the pattern.

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So the search for the pattern started. By this time I had convinced myself that I would make an Aran style sweater – which is quite an interesting thing as I hardly ever make sweaters. And those I made for myself, didn’t end well.

Ravelry has a fantastic search engine. I put in the amount of yarn I had, the yarn weight, the kind of sweater I had in mind, and before long I had several pages of options to explore. During my time in Ireland I viewed them (easy to do as there is free-wifi just about everywhere, even on the tour buses) and made my decision when I came home.

Glenfiddich by Annamaria Otvos. That’s it at the top of this post. Have a closer look at it on Ravelry by clicking on the name.

The following posts will be progress posts on this cardigan. I am knitting at the far edge of my knitting skills, but thanks to Ravelry – an amazing knitting community, and a designer who answers questions with photographs to help you figure out how to pick up stitches. I will get this done.