I needed something to wear to a company party last December. I have piles of gorgeous fabrics and patterns, and I hate shopping for dresses since it takes too much time. It also takes a lot of time to sew one myself. You are saying I knit a lot. Why not sew instead of knit? Well, I can knit in the living room with my family, but I cannot sew there. I can cut pattern pieces there, but that’s just about it. Another problem is that I am completely out of practice in matching fabrics to patterns. Yes, it takes time to do this matching, at least for me. Having a lot of each does not help, either. I almost gave up in the idea of a brand new dress for the occasion. I did some fixing in preparation and have a nice wearable pullover. It might be okay for the occasion? Maybe. If only I had time to contemplate, … .
Now, to complete the outfit, I borrowed my daughter's cashmere cardigan for the occasion. But I knew I could knit something really nice if I had time. It is Angelina Vintage Jacket by Joan McGowan-Michael. I've had the charcoal gray Peruvian Quechua from Elann.com for this project for a long time. The yarn feels really soft, light and warm due to its blend of alpaca and tencel. Although it involves quite a lot of 2-by-2 rib which I do not like very much, it went rather fast. I followed the pattern mostly except for smoothing out increases and decreases for sleeves and shortening sleeve edges.