Natural Merino Annie
We all made a pilgrimage to Edinburgh this past weekend, so that Mr Myrtle and Gabe could watch the All Blacks beat Scotland. It was fun. We left on Thursday and drove all day, arriving in Edinburgh around dinner time.

The drive was surprisingly painless. Thank goodness, with four small kids in the car it’s difficult to know what to expect. I know that some families use DVD players and electronic toys to keep kids entertained on long car rides. That would probably save a lot of bother, but Mr Myrtle and I are very mean parents and, well, we don’t. The Myrtle kids have to rely on old-fashioned car games during lengthy journeys, and music. The most surprising song request this trip was Back in Black by AC/DC. I didn’t know we even had this song? But, as it turns out, we do (thank you Uncle Matt?) and it is actually very enjoyable really, really loud…

Natural Merino Annie
I enjoy a long car ride for one very good reason. Knitting. Provided I have something fairly uncomplicated on the needles, I can get lots of knitting done in the car. I try to do something that doesn’t require me checking a pattern ’cause I’m a bit prone to feeling queazy, and it definitely helps to be able to knit and not have to look at my knitting so I can watch out the window instead.

Natural Merino Annie
This pretty cardigan is another for Nelly. The pattern is Georgie Hallam’s Annie and, like the Sunday Sweater I just made, it’s also a top-down, raglan sleeve cardigan with the front band knitted as you go. It incorporates a pretty daisy stitch pattern which, although a teensy bit fiddly because you have to count wraps around the needle as you go, is ever so pretty. I actually mucked up the daisy stitch right from the off, around the neck. Instead of knitting a garter border on either side, I knitted stockinette at the bottom. I noticed what I’d done right after I finished the band of daisies around the chest (also wrong!) and decided there was no way I was going to rip back to the neck band and do it all correctly. So, mine’s not quite how it’s supposed to be – check out the pattern page to see some better examples of this sweet stitch! 

Natural Merino Annie
I’ve raided my stash again. The bulk of the cardigan is some undyed wool I bought in New Zealand nearly seven years ago … It’s a DK weight, 100% Merino, called Harmony, by Naturally yarns. I wasn’t sure that I’d have enough for the whole thing, so I used some Artesano, DK weight, 100% Alpaca (colour C704) for the daisy stitch around the neck, princess line and the tops of the pockets. I also knitted the inside of the pockets in the pink, in garter stitch rather than stockinette because the alpaca was a smidge thinner than the merino and the garter gave it a bit more bulk. And finally, instead of more daisy stitch at the bottom and around the cuffs, I used garter again, in the merino. I had just enough and thought we’d probably had enough pink flowers for one cardigan :)

I just love the grey shades of the undyed merino and the purple/pinks of the alpaca together. The overall effect is very earthy and cosy. But, I had a hard job getting a good colour for the alpaca in my photos. The most accurate are the middle two photos, the up-close shots. The buttons are a perfect match and  happily, were also from my stash!

There is more to tell you about our trip to Edinburgh, I did a ton of knitting and of course found some wool shops … I’ll tell you more later in the week. In the meantime, here’s a link to my Ravelry project page for this cardy.


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