Actually, I bought 6 single balls of various yarns and knit a bunch of swatches (one didn't even make the swatching cut). Here are some of them. I am always drawn to blue (my favorite color), but I also tried a couple of greens:
In the end, the winning swatch won for three reasons:
- I thought a lighter color would show off the cables better than a darker color.
- This yarn (Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in color"lake ice heather") is neutral enough to go with a number of other colors. This is a cardigan, after all, so we need to consider the shirt that goes under it. I don't know if the photographs really show it, but this is a light icy grey with a hint of bluish-purple in it. It's not truly grey. I don't think I could have endured a whole sweater out of plain grey.
- This yarn is heathered. I think the heathered yarns result in even more versatile garments, and I wanted to try a heathered yarn for this project. Here is the winning swatch with the pattern:
While I was swatching, I figured out my gauge and decided I would be knitting on a US 5 for the bulk of this project (US 4 for the ribbing). I'm getting exactly 5 st/in on that needle, and I like the resulting fabric. I knit the Rogue on this same yarn, but on a size 7 needle, and the fabric is a little loose.
So... Labor Day dawned beautiful, and I could have knit all day. Except... my son thought it would be a great idea to "go berry picking and make jam!" So, we did. There is a great U-Pick place near here called Yellow Hill Farm, and the raspberries were plentiful and delicious. We made a double batch of raspberry-blackberry jam (YUM) and have enough berries left to make another double batch of plain raspberry jam.
Finally, after the jam was made and the kids were in bed, I cast on for the Must Have Cardigan. Here she is, just out of the gate. It's a slow start, but I think this will be a wonderful fall knitting project this season.