Category: finished object
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Finally blogging my lovely Keynote cardigan. I finished it over a week ago, but I didn’t have a single decent button on hand (let alone seven of them), so I had to wait to take the finished photos until some lovely new buttons arrived in the post.
I’m quite pleased with the finished cardigan. It has very nice shaping to make it fitted and feminine (I don’t have much curviness of my own, so I appreciate anything that attempts to even moderately emphasize it). I did modified the shaping in my cardigan slightly: I cast on for the 34″ bust size, but then worked extra waist decreases to accommodate my petite frame. I probably could have gotten away with working the whole sweater in a smaller size, but I hate when cardigans pull across my bust, so I opted to play it safe.
My only complaint with this cardigan is the fact that the back sits rather low across my shoulders. I think part of this is due to the pattern and part to the fact that the sweater grew slightly with blocking. If I were a more apt knitter, I would’ve added some short rows to the back to give it a bit more height and a better fit for my liking, but, alas, I am a knitting chicken and don’t quite feel totally comfortable with that level of modification. (I also think I may have slightly worked one sleeve a wee bit shorter than the other… but I think only I can really tell from where it falls on my wrists. So don’t tell anyone I made such a “newbie” knitting mistake.)
Overall, I am quite taken with the cardigan and look forward to cooler mornings which will bring more opportunities to enjoy it’s warmth, beautiful detailing, and vintage-inspired style.
What makes a perfect cardigan in your opinion? What are you looking forward to wearing as the weather turns cooler?
P.S. You may also notice that after growing out my hair for a year, I gave up and cut it all off. I’m just not a long hair kind of girl (read as lazy, lazy, lazy).
Phewie-pluie! It’s finished – everything sewn up, blocked, and (most of) the ends woven in. I had a lot of fun working on this cardigan and pushing myself to learn a new knitting technique. At times it felt like there were a million bobbins of yarn to untangle and I was spending more time untangling things rather than actually knitting, but as I worked along, I was so happy with how it was coming together, that it was easy to keep going and work towards the finished product. I must give lots of credit to the pattern, which was very well written and easy to follow. I’ve only worked one teeny bit of intarsia one other time before this cardigan (on the heels of a pair of socks), so from my experience, I feel this cardigan is a reasonable place to start if you are thinking of tackling this technique. In my opinion, the trickiest part is correctly changing colors to avoid gaps and tight stitches. Here are a couple of sites I found to be helpful while working on this sweater:
But now what? After working almost exclusively on this project for the past three weeks, I feel kind of stuck on what to start next. Do I want to tackle a pair of socks? Or start another cardigan? Or maybe this beautiful cowl? I just can’t decide right now. Do I want another complicated project? Or something sweet and simple? I’m kind of aimlessly working on projects here and there waiting to feel that gut punch of inspiration.
I know it’s hard to believe, but I finished something else besides socks! I have had this project in mind for awhile now, but set it aside until the weather was warmer (because I always want to wear what I finish right away). Well, the weather is warmer and I’ve finished up my tee.
I am really, really proud of this project. To me, the best compliment a knitter could receive is someone being amazing and surprised that your garment is handmade. We all tell ourselves that the little blips and bobbles in our projects give them character and those things can be the fun of making handmade items. But really, deep down (or for perfectionists, not so deep at all), we really do want our work to look polished and professional because in a way it means we’ve mastered the craft. I think I’ve gotten one step closer to that goal with this project.
It’s my first time ever seaming a project. After hearing how terrible, horrible, no good, very bad seaming is, I will admit I had avoided projects that required seaming like the plague. It was all worked in the round for me. But, I couldn’t resist this tee, so I decided the time had come to tackle the seaming giant. Here’s a secret… it wasn’t really that horrible. It took a long time, yes, but the process wasn’t as frustrating and hair-pull-inducing as I had assumed it would be. (I actually kind of didn’t mind it.) And I think I actually did an okay job of it.
So I’m happy. Happy in my lovely Belgravia in Summer tee.
Linking up with yarn along.
I’ve got two finished pairs of socks to share this week: one for Andy and one for me.
After Andy dropped some hints that he wanted another pair of hand knit socks, I resigned myself to the fact that I could part with my Misti Alpaca sock yarn, even though it is luscious and made with alpaca, because it was the most masculine sock yarn I had in my stash. I know what you are thinking, “What?! You didn’t use this as an excuse to go buy more sock yarn?! You have betrayed the sisterhood.” I have. But shopping for sock yarn for myself (in colors I’ll like/wear) is more fun than picking out brown/gray/black yarn for a stinky boy. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.
I winged the pattern, working toe up and just using a 3×1 ribbing so the sock wasn’t entirely stockinette stitch (boo! boring!). He likes them. Or at least he’s a good enough husband to tell me he likes them. It’s a little warm for him to wear wooly socks, so the real test will come when the weather gets cooler again. Either way, I think they came out nice and I still love the yarn – it’s one of my favorites to work with.
The weekend was a little dreary (but warmish, at least), so I took the time to finish up my boating socks. They are so fun. I’m wearing them as I
speak blog. They are also surprisingly soft for socks knit with ‘bargain’ sock yarn. This Stroll yarn is probably one of my favorite sock yarns that I have worked with so far.
Knitting: Some sparkly business casual socks for me and some basic toe-up cabled socks for A.
Operation Honey: I’m at 17 hexipuffs so far this month. I doubt I’ll make my original goal of 40, but I should make it to 20-25 at least.
Reading: Still working on Miserere which is turning out better than I thought. It has an interesting premise that involves religion and history in our world along with fantasy elements in a different world, so it’s keeping my attention.
Watching: I’m finishing season one of Hannibal (talk about nightmare inducing tv), so to balance that I’m also watching season one of Chuck on Netflix for some lighter viewing.
Loving: More fruit is coming into season! I can finally afford strawberries! I can feel summer coming. I can’t wait for peaches and mangos and all things sweet and lovely.
Linking up with KCCO and yarn along.