The knitting and the blocking on my Dolce Shrug has been done for months. It has sat on my craft table, blocked but unseamed, unloved, and ignored since April. The fact that the weather started getting warmer in April had very little to do with not seaming it up right after I blocked it. Not at all.
But Wednesday evening, the seaming bug bit — prompted by a touch of tendonitis courtesy of a marathon crocheting session over the weekend — so I dragged the poor thing downstairs and sewed it together while watching television. Since my elbow and wrist hurt too much to either crochet OR knit, I had to do something with yarn, right? And the fact that the weather has finally turned coolish had nothing to do with the decision to finally finish the fiddly seaming and sewing on of buttons. Not at all.
Pattern: Button Back Shrug by Penny Olman, from Knitters Magazine 101 (Winter 2010)
Yarn: Cascade Dolce in colorway 980, just over 9 skeins (approx 995 yards)
Needle: Size 9 US
Buttons: 1 inch plastic/imitation mother of pearl, purchased from a booth at Stitches South in 2011
Sadly, the Cascade Dolce — an alpaca, wool, silk blend — is discontinued. Stupid Cascade. I’d have bought TONS of this stuff were it still available! It’s soft, and warm, and cuddly, and knits up like a dream, and did I mention heavenly soft?
Turned out totally gorgeous, as I knew it would once I put this yarn to this pattern. I wore it to work Thursday. Not with this dress, which is actually my “I’m not going anywhere else today” housedress, but with a pair of dark gray slacks and a silky shell. I anticipate getting a lot of wear out of it over the next few months.
Here’s a closer look at the buttons. This colorway and these buttons were made for each other. Tell me they weren’t. I dare you.