Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Puffed Sleeve Cardi

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I finished knitting this about a month ago but didn't get around to taking a picture until now. Partly because I kept forgetting and partly because it's been too hot to model wool. Anyway, here it is!

Pattern: Puffed Sleeve Cardigan from Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel
Size: 34 inches
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish DK (superwash merino wool), 6 balls (should've used 7 balls)
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) and size 4 (3.5mm)

Back in April, I cast on for this project and thought I'd be done within the month. If I'd worked on this monogamously, maybe that would have happened. Instead, I had a few other WIPS to combat the boredom of the plain stockinette knitting at the raglan increases. There were times when it seemed neverending. Eventually, I hunkered down and focused, so that by the end of May, the end was in sight. Except I ran out of yarn.

I originally ordered 5 balls of yarn because that's what was called for in the pattern. Yeah, I know I should've bought one more ball just in case, but I didn't. Great, I probably wouldn't be able to match the dye lot either. Now I had to order one ball from Knitpicks, but that just seemed like a waste of an order. I'd need to bulk up the order to make it worthwhile, so say the yarn fumes. So, I placed my order, received my green yarn (they ran out of my dye lot), and continued knitting. Except I started to run short while I knitted the last bit, the button bands!!! My emotions ran from panic to disbelief. Would I really have to order one more ball just to finish a few measly rows??

The solution? I dove into my stash and pulled out some leftover charcoal grey Cascade 220 and used that to finish off the button band. Hopefully the grey strip on the button band looks like a "design feature". Also, to add to the stress, the cardigan was too small for me, until I washed and blocked it out. Blocking works wonders! But prior to that, the too-tight cardigan was adding insult to injury to this whole process.

Many weeks have passed since then. Today, I really like my FO and have already worn it in public. Who knew it would cause so much trouble?! At least it fits me.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Renegade Craft Fair!

This looks fun! I wonder how much yarn/knitting-related things will be for sale?! Still, it'll be fun to check out.