Mood Enhancing Cardigan


As it turned out, my “cold” is actually bronchitis and it hit me hard enough to spend Christmas mostly in bed or sitting on the coach wrapped in two blankets (one was just not enough). I really felt like ignoring Christmas completely, because I only wanted to sleep to escape the constant coughing, and for the first time ever I didn’t even clean the apartment before Christmas Eve. Anyone who knows me realizes that this is indeed a bad sign πŸ˜‰ My Boyfriend did all the cooking and baking (I had only baked gingerbread thins a couple of days earlier, because they are better after 2-3 days in the jar) and was generally really awesome. The sad thing is that I lost the sense of taste for a couple of days anyways so I couldn’t even enjoy any of his meals!

Well, so the only thing that could enhance my mood was a new knitting project, something cheerful and colourful. The Caramel Cardigan by Isabell Kraemer seemed like a perfect choice, and I decided to combine stripes in three different bright colours of Drops Lima (part of my Drops Alpaca Party sale haul) and a neutral, cream-coloured background. I love such colour combos and wear them very often.

It was a very enjoyable, simple and fast knit. I absolutely loved watching how each new colour changed the look of the cardigan. Even the sleeves couldn’t slow me down, although they usually take more time just because I don’t like knitting them. But not this time – I wanted to finish it fast and wear it as soon as possible, so it practically flew off my needles in no time!

And since today I actually went out for the first time in over a week – just for a very short walk as I still cough a lot and it’s too early to push myself too much – it was a perfect reason to wear my new cardigan!


It doesn’t really matter that it was invisible under the jacket, just knowing that I’m wearing it made me happy. Plus it’s really warm and cozy.

This is one of the projects that remind me why I had wanted to learn to knit in the first place: to make my own clothes, exactly as I like them – to mix colours and styles, and be able to create garments that I wouldn’t find in stores. And while I’m still learning and not able to knit everything that I’d like, I’m slowly getting there and it feels amazing!

So, since I haven’t posted any holiday wishes, let me wish to all of you a very happy and colourful New Year. Let’s hope it’s full of happiness and new, exciting yarny projects:) For myself I wish health – I really hope that the second part of this year was just an accident rather than my new reality. Best wishes to everyone!


18 thoughts on “Mood Enhancing Cardigan

  1. Oh Wowsers, I love everything about your cardigan… colours, fit, stripes. It’s gorgeous!
    I do hope you are on the mend now and that 2018 will be a healthier year for you
    Using my little dishcloth brings on a smile every time πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Tracey, I really love it too πŸ™‚
      And happy to hear that you keep smiling and it’s really awesome to think that I could contribute to it a little!

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  2. Wish you a happy and healthy year ahead too! Hope you are on your way back to feeling better – the cardigan is definitely an instant pick-me-up! πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you Anita, all the best in the coming year for you as well! I admit I’m looking forward to your new designs in 2018 πŸ™‚


  3. Happy Holidays, Kat!! That’s a fabulous cardigan! And you knit it so FAST!! I bet you’ll wear it all the time. I would!

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    1. I totally will, well, except those times when I’m going to wear my buttonside jumper πŸ˜‰
      Happy Holidays to you as well!


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