This sweater has already been everywhere with me. I've found myself - often with little ones in tow - sitting outside of a doctors office desperately seeking some grass and trees and sky and fresh, fresh open autumn air. I've been amazed (and grateful) at the places where such a breath of fresh air can be found, truth be told.
This little cardigan of mine was made in lots of places like that - tiny pockets of quiet amidst a whole lot of noise. Rather symbolic of how I hope it might be worn, I think.
It's Shalom - a sweet (and generously free!) pattern by Meghan of Involving the Senses. I had seen this pattern all over the place, but it wasn't until I saw it on the arms of a lovely and talented 14 year old friend that I had to make it. That she had used the called-for yarn, Cascade Yarns Ecological wool, for a grand total of $15...well that kind of sealed the deal for me. (Also? She made hers in three days. Mine took a month. Hmn.)
I added some sleeves to the pattern. Because, well, this is Maine after all. They're 3/4 sleeves, just the right length so that they don't get in the way (of knitting and the like). And I added a few buttons, too. (Full pattern mods are on Ravelry.)
I love, love, love this sweater. It's such a perfect easy Everyday Cardigan for me. Proven by the fact that I've worn it absolutely EVERY day since I finished it last week. Including on this recent little family dinner out, when, at one point in the evening, I unexpectedly (to him) shoved the camera in Steve's hands and said "Here! Take pictures of my sweater!" He did - all the while, fending off four hungry and excited children, without even batting an eyelash at the request. (He pretty much rocks my world.)