Sunday, March 13, 2011


Today we went to brunch with some friends, so I used the occasion to finally wear a sweater I finished four months ago, but hadn't yet worn.  This is Livi, by Kim Hargreaves:

Livi and Cherry

I wore it along with Kim's pattern Cherry, which I knit using the leftover yarn from Livi.

The pattern called for about $250 worth of cashmere yarn (Rowan Pure Cashmere DK), but I substituted Elann's Peruvian Baby Cashmere, which gave me the same gauge.  This yarn has been in my stash for at least 5 years.  I originally bought it to make a cabled tube top, which I did make, and ripped out literally as soon as I had finished it and tried it on.  How could I have believed that a cabled cashmere-blend tube top was a good idea?

The yarn languished in my stash for a couple years, until I decided to try making a beaded edge bolero with it (Kim Hargreaves' Fleur - do we see a pattern here?  a step in the right direction).  But somehow, I didn't care for the fabric it made when knitted in stockinette.  Ripped again.

This fall I decided to try it out on Livi.  To be honest, I wasn't 100% sold on the pattern, but I really wanted to use that yarn.  But the more I worked on it, the more I fell in love with it.  The shell pattern on the bottom border was such fun to knit, and the texture stitch on the body kept things interesting.  And of course, working with this yarn was a dream.  I really hope to get more of it and use it again.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I finished the sweater and found it to be a little tighter than I'm comfortable with.  Back into the closet.  I never wore it, until today.  Hurray!  I've lost a few pounds recently and now it fits perfectly!

I wore it with this silver and marcasite dragonfly pin - his wings move!

Hello little dragonfly!
And American Apparel Nail Lacquer in MacArthur Park.

Brunch was at Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park, where they have lots of beautiful cheeses and wines:

lomo cheese

lomo wine

I ate some really yummy waffles and drank a mimosa . . .


  1. 𝄞 𝄫𝄫 "Pretty, Pretty Dragonfly..." 𝄫𝄫

  2. I love Marion Street Cheese Market! You have to try their handmade carmels. They are absolutely the best carmels I've ever had. Mmm...

  3. Oh geez . . . I wish you hadn't told me that!!


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