The first finished project of the year did not turn out quite as perfectly as I expected. This was my second time knitting the Garter Yoke Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre. I knit the first one for my mom over a year ago, and made notes what kind of adjustments I would make if I ever knit it for myself. However, that was not enough to make a 100% successful fit this time, either. Upon switching to a larger needle I also ended up with a yoke that's too loose, while now the lower body is a good fit, the opposite of last time.
The yarn is part of my Canada trip stash haul. I've knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca before, and found it to be one of my all time favorite yarns, with the problem that it's not sold in Finland. So, I took advantage of my visit to North America and bought it in three different colors, enough for at least two sweaters and several accessories. The yarn didn't disappoint this time, either, and I also like this color a lot. This particular colorway was actually purchased in two separate yarn stores, and each of them only had 2-3 skeins of it, combined enough to knit a whole sweater. This is my favorite yarn for sweaters, and it's also great for hats, and probably colorwork mittens, as well.