Before I get into the rabbit hole of all the travel adventures, here's a sweater I made. LOOK.
Once upon a time, there was a really great online yarn store called Flocks of Yarn. Sadly, they went out of business. Happily, I am an opportunist. I bought up all the Fibre Company Road to China Light for a really steep discount.
If you get a chance to get your hands on some, please do. It's a blend of alpaca, silk, baby camel and cashmere. To die for. Obviously, not cheap.
I did bring this with me to France and decided to start an epic sweater with it. I choose the Sylvatica from Twist Collective, which I've been wanting ever since it came out. I love short-sleeved light sweaters. I generally have a couple of light sweaters like this in the wardrobe rotation. They are less casual than a t-shirt, and they look great paired with skirts...
....Or hiking boots and pants, if you happen to have been banging around in the mountains that day.
I loved the lace pattern in the front, but found it kind of silly to have one mirrored in the back, so I left that out.
I still need to find buttons for it. I'm thinking tiny pearly pink ones will do nicely.
I'm wearing a sports bra in these pictures, so normally I fill out the top portion a bit more. But, eh. That's traveling for you.
Yes, I love it. It's soft and drapey and I've worn it quite a bit already.
The only thing I might do differently is the arm scythe is a bit snug, but after a couple of wears it seems to have loosened up. It's infinitely wearable, and just a good all-round sweater to own.
I did have issues getting gauge, and knit this a few inches before realizing it was going to be enormous. I ripped back, did some math, and then cast-on for the smallest size. I also worked this in the round instead of flat.
While a sweater with fingering-weight yarn on #3 needles takes quite a while, I think the results are worth it.
The pictures were taken in the tiny mountain village of Chefchouen. All the buildings in the medieval medina are painted blue! It was a really beautiful place, and I'll have lots more about it later.