This is one of those sweaters when I should say “Oh, that’s gorgeous but so far above my skill level!” But, you know me and you know that’s not what I did.
Back in October, I found the Hedgerow sweater but it was in a book or booklet called Stranded Knits by Ann Kingstone. If you’re a Ravelry member (and if you’re interested), click on the Hedgerow link and check out the picture of 6 ladies standing there wearing their Hedgerow sweaters. It will definitely be a challenge for me, and I may never get it done but I knew I had to try this pattern.
The only problem was . . the booklet containing the pattern was impossible to find. I found a couple of European shops that might still have the pattern but everyone was looking for it and I couldn’t snag a pattern before someone else got them all. I wrote to Sheri at The Loopy Ewe, to see if she could get the pattern and she couldn’t. At that point, I figured it was hopeless and I would never find the pattern so I forgot about it.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about it .. not like I don’t have plenty of other sweaters to make . . but I went back to the Hedgerow page to see what other projects had been posted. I love seeing the colors others are using. And there it was .. the pattern is now available through Ravelry. I was so happy! The next several hours were spent trying to figure out what colors I should use.
By the way, if you haven’t tried the the project planner at The Loopy Ewe, that’s a great tool when choosing colors. Even though the pattern recommends Rowan Felted Tweed DK, that’s a yarn my favorite shops don’t carry so I went with Cascade Sport. One lady already used it and it looks like it worked fine. I still need one more color. I have black so I’m going to see how that works with it, and if not, there’s a “Fudgie Brown” that’s a very dark brown and I’m thinking I might like that color better.
My plan is to work on it just a little each day . . when Vince is at work so I won’t have any distractions, put it away after a while and not get so absorbed in it that it’s all I want to do but . . I can hardly wait to finish it! 🙂