Category Archives: Works in Progress

Your go-to sweater

I really think I'm on a sweater kick this year, and it's got me thinking an awful lot about favorites. You see, now that I'm knitting a little cardigan for myself, and I'll be starting one soon in Tropical colors (thanks for your votes, everybody!), what I find most interesting is that in both cases I pretty much want to make the same sweater. A V-neck, lightly shaped cardigan. That's pretty much The Cardigan I Want all the time. I must admit that being a designer has its advantages. I can knit the same sweater several times but it doesn't really look the same. Different weights, different colors, different sizes, and maybe a different finishing touch, but I can essentially just plug those things into a formula and get my same, favorite, familiar sweater. My 'go-to' cardigan is based on a simple, light grey alpaca cardigan that I picked up at a thrift store for $5. But I love it so much that I want to re-create it over and over again. So, I just plug a new gauge into the same shape, and out pops a 'new' sweater.

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Decision made!

A few weeks back, I talked about the difficulty in choosing a new sweater pattern to work on. I see so many beautiful patterns, it's hard to make up my mind! But I finally decided to challenge myself and crochet my first sweater: I went with the Fiji Cardi! I enjoy crochet and this was one of the best sweaters I've seen - plus I have some lovely new Chroma to use.

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Have you any wool?

Why, three bags full in fact! Actually, I have so much more than that! But I did get those at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival last weekend! I can't really pass up a deal like that - it's scraps and seconds, but $6 for 8 oz of fiber is just too good. Unfortunately I must come across deals like that too often, because I have so, so, so much spinning fiber that I'm quickly running out of places to put it. So, obviously knitting is not my only pastime. Spinning is certainly one of them, and although I wouldn't consider myself to be a great spinner, I love the process of watching a big ball of fluff turn into something wonderful and useable.

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Nutkin progress

I love this pattern! Beth promises that it is easy to memorize and she is not kidding. It's a progression acros sixteen stitches. Sixteen stitches that fit nicely on each of my four DPNs.

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So close!

Sleeves... check. Body.... check. Front to shoulders... check. Back? working on it! (Sorry about the grey-on-grey - I didn't pick the color of the blocking board, unfortunately!) All I have left to knit on hubby's sweater is the upper back! I'm already about two inches into it. But, because of the sheer beastly size of this sweater, progress has been slowed. It's just so hard to carry the darn thing around at this point that I've actually been working on a couple of other, smaller projects as well.

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Decisions, Decisions

I recently finished a new cardigan (and I should get pictures one of these days, it's my favorite!) but now I want to make another one.  Maybe it's been the cooler weather we've had out here this spring, but I've been grabbing one of my knitted cardigans every morning to throw on to go to work - and of course I need some new ones to add to my rotation, especially some lighter weight ones. So I'm debating between a couple I've had my eye on recently. Jennifer Thompson's Star Gazing Cardigan has been on my list forever - I love the lace detail and the overlapping fronts.  It would be my first fingering weight cardigan. (eek!)

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Fifty Percent!

I've been working on my hubby's sweater now for a little over a month, and I've just passed 50% completion! Both sleeves are finished, and the body is currently 8.5" long - just over a third done. For me, this is where the hard part begins - the monotony of the next 23"! Luckily I've only got a foot left until I break for the armscyes... yipes. My attention span on a project is usually two weeks or so, so looking headlong into another month of knitting this one project is daunting, to say the least. To keep my mind busy, I've started timing my rounds. It takes about 10 minutes for non-patterned rounds and up to half an hour for patterned rounds. So, with about 75 rounds to the armscyes, that's 25 hours and ten minutes max. I could totally do that in a weekend, right?

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Wait, did I say ‘simple’?

I'm now three weeks into the knitting of hubby's new sweater. That's about the longest I can usually pay attention to a project - but I'm only through the sleeves! I think this proves a couple of rules of knitting for other people. 1: Don't underestimate how long things take to knit, and 2: If you let the recipient pick the pattern, be prepared to face the consequences! I did some pre-searching through all of my pattern books and found several all-over cable designs that were nice and rhythmic and easy to memorize. I presented these to my hubby, and his reaction was pretty dry. So I let him look through my books, and he picked quite possibly the most difficult cable pattern he could have! It's the Baroque Cable from Barbara Walker's third treasury.

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