FO: East Hale Cardigan

Here it is… that stinky, smelly, itchy hunk of cardigan….

After a good long soak in some water and Euclan, it smells marginally better. You would not believe the colour of the water when I pulled it out – pure mud puddle. I’m starting to think the fleece wasn’t washed at all before being spun – I’ve never had soak water look like that… EVER!

Anyway, you all know how I feel about the yarn… it’s probably a good thing I don’t know where it came from – it wouldn’t be good advertising for the yarn company. The pattern however, is the East Hale cardigan. It’s a decent pattern, and just a plain, simple, grandpa style cardigan. The only mod I made was to add a button band, as the pattern is written for a zipper.

It’s hard to get a decent shot without a model, and Dave refuses to put it on (can’t say I blame him). It doesn’t look great on the hanger, so I decided to lay it out flat, and within seconds…

It’s no secret that this has been a favourite of every single cat in this house. There’s still several skeins of yarn left, so I may give them a really long bath, and make my furry overlords a little blanket or something.

Here’s a better look without a giant cat butt in the way

One thing is for sure, regardless of itch and smell, it’s going to be a warm garment.

Because of COVID, we won’t be seeing this friend for a while (he lives in one of the major COVID hotspots in our province), so I’ve packed it up and put it in the mail for him. It should arrive any day now.

10 thoughts on “FO: East Hale Cardigan

  1. Araignee

    It must feel great to have that off the needles. Working with dirty fleece is never fun. It must have been spun in the grease to be that dirty still. It looks great though and will most certainly be warm.

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  2. Shirley Elliott

    Yay for you! I knew you would have that sweater completed before the end of October. It really does look like a great sweater and I bet the recipient will be thrilled to receive it. I would not be surprised if you have an additional request for another sweater. Yes, you really need to use the remainder of the “stinky” yarn to make a cat blanket. Relic just looks so happy on that sweater.

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  3. I had to laugh when I read ‘Furry overlords”. Perfect description! I sometimes lay sweaters out after knitting and soaking in a guest bedroom and our cat Jolene does the same thing.

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  4. “Furry Overlords”, Ha, Ha, Ha! I love that because that’s is exactly what they are isn’t it?
    The sweater looks so good it’s hard to believe it’s so stinky, itchy and dirty. I think you did a marvelous job on it. I know your friend will love it and will probably want another one.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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