Another little sweater made for Annie, and another one that we both love. Peasy, by Heidi Kirrmaier is knit top down in one piece with a very simple lace pattern on the front yoke. I don't remember making any mods except to the sleeves, I decreased down to make a more fitted sleeve. The original patterns calls for Rowan Felted Tweed DK which is a lighter weight yarn and billowy sleeves per the pattern would be perfect using that lighter weight yarn. But I used a heavier yarn and so felt that the sleeves needed to be fitted. The pattern was very well written, typical for Heidi, and had a clever way to make the garter stitch neckband to give it a little curvy shape. You can see the detail on the last picture.
I used Cascade Superwash 220. The superwash yarn is an excellent choice for easy care knits and is a good value with great yardage. It goes in the washer and I even put it in the dryer for a few minutes, then finish drying flat. It's a bit stiff feeling when you're knitting it, but does soften quite a bit after washing. So I wouldn't exactly say this is knitting bliss, but the stitch definition is excellent and because of it's value, large color selection and easy care, I give this yarn an A+ and wouldn't hesitate to use it again. I've used it before on a hoodie for my son, he is pretty tough on it and it still looks great.
I'd like to give a little shout out to Jimmy Beans, who, when I found out I didn't order enough of the same dyelot, went though their database and wrote to customers and asked them if they had extra yarn they were willing to sell back to a needy customer. Seriously excellent customer service, they have always been gracious. When I am in Reno I always drop by, they are the tiny little store with a huge warehouse and a big heart. And while I always support my lovely lys first, JB is the first place I go if I need to place an internet order.
This bright color is a particular favorite of Annie's and brings out the beautiful green in her eyes!