It's finished at last.
As they say in best (?) reality TV shows, it's been quite a journey.
It started life nearly 10 years ago like this.
A poncho, which wasn't really 'me', so I never wore it.
Two years ago I ripped it up and started again.
I started knitting a cardigan...
... but part way through....
... it became obvious that I would not have enough to complete it.
I could not find a match for the wool at the time, which was Noro Kuryon, but I hadn't a note of the shade colour. So I made a compromise and decided to knit the sleeves in a different colour.
I didn't like them - too blocky - so had a re-think....
... and a re-knit.
I was still not happy with the sleeves.
The transition from brown to blue was too stark, so I ripped it back again and softened the transition by starting with the brownish stripe in the Noro wool.
At last I was happy that I'd done the best I could with the materials I had available.
I loved the cardigan. It was comfortabe and warm and I loved the bright blues and greens and purples.
But the collar never quite sat as well as I would like.
Then one day last year, I spotted two balls of wool in a charity shop.
I knew those colours so well by then!
So another rip-up came.
And finally I am delighted with the result.
I tried as well as I could to match the colour stripes on each side and I think this works well, even though it's not perfect. I've seen a few examples over on Ravelry where the stripes aren't matched and I think they look rather odd.
I wore it for the first time this week to choir practice, and at least 5 people came up and admired it, which was most pleasing.
And the final irony is this: having found the wool again, with the ball band, I now know which shade it was, and when I googled it, I found that the shade is still available after all! (But not at the price that the charity shop were charging. In fact I was so pleased to find it, I gave them a little extra!)
I think this garment will last me for quite a few years. No more ripping up!
And I have several balls of rusty brown wool to find a use for now!