After swatching and blocking, I have decided to go with Blue Sky Alpaca's Zippered Cardigan. The Organic Cotton is much happier being knit in the combination-continental style than the Noro Blossom.
Although the knitting will go much faster with the zippered cardi, there are still challenges with this garment -
First, and foremost, I have a seaming problem. We all know this. Since the finishing class I am taking at Stitches is a couple weeks away, I am hoping this will help me tackle this challenge head on.
Secondly, the outside edges of the sweater are crocheted. Have I every crocheted before?? NO! So, I will be pulling out Stitch-n-Bitch hoping it will get me over this hurdle.
And lastly, there is a zipper that will need to be installed when the first two challenges have been conquered. Have I every put in a zipper in a knitted garment?? NO! I am hoping that Kris and Miyon can help me with this one, in between their Olympic Knitting.
For additional moral support, I have signed up for the USA Sweater Team and Team Threaded Bliss (additional link to TTB's separate blog is near the top right of the page). GO TEAM!