I know I really, really love a sweater when I spend a week not posting photos here because no photos do it justice. My Lavaliere by Cecily MacDonald Glowik in The Fibre Company’s Road to China Light in Topaz is that kind of sweater. Can I give you a hint of why?
I was finally inspired to share these photos after tagging along with my husband while he dove hunted. For me, it was a nice walk through a sunflower field just past its prime.
This photo looks a teensy bit blurry. Think of it as a textural photo — giving you a taste of what 65% baby alpaca | 15% silk | 10% camel | 10% cashmere feels like. Think soft & warm… to the nth degree. For those who aren’t as fond of wool, this fiber is easy to wear directly on your skin. Think of scratchy, then imagine the opposite feeling. That is Road to China Light.
I found this pattern to be really wonderfully done with only one small exception. From what I could tell, the instructions are incorrect for at what point of the smocking pattern one is to start working on the collar. Unable to find errata I inquired with the designer, but have heard nothing back. I did make corrections in order for my sweater to match the sample photos provided and listed a brief note on my Ravelry project page for anyone interested. It is quite a simple fix & I think the end results are much more in harmony with the overall design than the written instructions. As I said though, other than this detail I found the pattern very well written & brilliant in its design.
I must also give my shout out to the ladies at Cream City Yarn in Brookfield, WI for allowing me to special order this yarn through them. I was quite literally shocked at how easy they made the special order process & how happy they were to do it. As always, they were just so accommodating & friendly; from placing the order, to offering to ship it to me, to holding it for a few days so I could stop in to pick it up, right down to winding my first couple of skeins (despite being busy at the time). The yarn is everything I hoped it would be and I am so glad they made acquiring it — as always — such a treat of an experience.
As for my beautiful sweater, it has been getting a lot of use as the weather cools down. While I’m sure we’ll be back to the sunflower field, this day we saw but one dove and he escaped unscathed. I enjoyed the nice morning walk with my boys, however.