I started this project on April 5, 2013 and am just now putting the finishing touches on it. Knitting can teach you a lot of things. This cardigan has taught me that it takes a very, very, very long time to knit myself a sweater.
I marvel at how some knitters can just whip up a sweater in 2-3 weeks. Seriously, I am amazed at this! If I focus completely on starting and finishing a knit, then I might be able to accomplish this task in 5-6 weeks. But that’s if I really give it my full attention. No distractions other than my job, eating and sleeping.
However, I am beyond excited now that I’m nearing the finish line. Several more rounds left to go on that sleeve, some ends to weave in, a good washing/blocking, and this baby will be wrapped snuggly around me on those cool spring mornings. It’s such a gratifying experience. Just knowing how much time went into each and every stitch in this beautiful cardigan. Plus, the color… it’s just perfect and not something I can find in a store. I think that’s what I love so much about knitting. The journey of bringing yarn to life. Of creating something out of nothing. To customize a wardrobe staple so that it is exactly what I want and what I have envisioned. Even if it does take me 2 1/2 years to complete.
In my next post, I’ll talk more about the pattern and the yarn involved in creating this cardigan. And hopefully share some fantastic pictures of my finished knit.
So it has been a really long time since I’ve posted on this blog. My life hasn’t changed too much since my last entry. I’m still working a 9-5 job and squeezing in as much knitting time as possible in my off hours. I guess I just let my blog sit on the back-burner for a while so I could focus more on life. Sometimes trying to keep up with all of the social media can feel very overwhelming and we forget that there is a great big world out there just waiting for us to enjoy it. However, with that being said, I have decided to return to the blogging world. My hope for this site is to continue what I started all of those years ago but include more of the process of my knitting. I’d like to talk more about the yarns I’m using, if I would use them again, and how they hold up as a finished knit. The same applies to the patterns I use. Is it a well written pattern? Would I knit this pattern again? Or, what was I thinking when I purchased this? Fingers crossed that I can keep myself focused on maintaining this site and bringing my knitting journal to life.
With all of that said (and a rare day off from work)…. I’m now off to knit!
bumble bees & roses…
ripe strawberries… Happy 4th of July week everyone!
I decided to pick this WIP back up a couple of week’s ago when my boyfriend asked where “the pretty green sweater” was. When I told him that it was stuffed in my closet along with the rest of my WIPs, he insisted that I pick it back up and finish it. I always love a good challenge, so I decided to go along with what he said and actually finish a large project this summer. The hat design (proto-type #2) will just have to wait. 🙂
I originally left this project at the yoke/sleeve separation row. Since picking this project back up, I’ve knit roughly 9″ on the body and I’m loving how fast this piece is working up. The braided cables twisting along the fronts really make this knit interesting and once one row is finished, I just want to keep knitting more. I absolutely love everything about this cardigan and will probably knit this again, minus the large braid down the back. The pattern can be found here in case anyone out there would like to knit themself a French Braid Cardigan. More progress updates next week!
I’m finally taking the initiative and designing my own patterns. I decided that it was time to get creative and unleash some of my ideas, especially after discovering several skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts yarn in my stash. This yarn is expensive, but heavenly! And it’s the kind of yarn that you don’t want to waste. I’m currently knitting with the Pink Grapefruit colour-way and am loving the results. You can see just a smidge of my design in the above photo. I’m hoping to have this project complete by the end of May. Then comes the lovely, but time consuming pattern writing. Then it’s off to the test knitters. I’m estimating a mid-June pattern release and hope that other knitters will enjoy this pattern as much as I have enjoyed creating it. 🙂 More updates in the week(s) to come!
After several months hibernating in my closet, I have finally decided to pick this project back up and finish it.
I’m in love with the softness of this sweater and how the shades of buttercup yellow blend so nicely with the deeper toned gold. This will be my go-to sweater this spring and I’m so excited to finally be able to wear it and show it off. When I finished the body of this sweater last August, I swore to myself that I wouldn’t knit another sweater using small yarn/needles again. However, I’m already dreaming of this cardigan in 2 of my favorite colors: seabreeze & mallard. I think the shades of light & dark aqua will mesh beautifully with each other. I’ve already dedicated this summer to that project and can’t wait until I can pick up those size 6 needles with 2 strands of laceweight yarn wrapped between my fingers and begin the process all over again.
In the coming months, I will have several FO posts/pictures to show off. I seem to be finishing all of my spring/summer sweaters this winter, but it is way too cold (temps around -15) to take any finished pictures just yet. I’m hoping to start those FO posts in March, unless February surprises us with warmer temps. Happy Knitting everyone!
…To knit patterns that I really, really want to knit…
…To find a bit more happiness, peace, time & freedom in my life…
…To find honesty with myself when I need to make tough decisions within my life…
…To finally be allowed to take a step back from life and BREATH…
Normally, I can never keep the resolutions I make every January. But this year, I’m going to try really hard to change that. I’m excited about the resolutions I’ve made for myself. I’m ready for what this year might bring, even if that means forcing me out of my “comfort zone” a time or two. So, here’s to a new year and new beginnings! 🙂