I finally got the chance to cast on a new cardigan over the weekend. My mother requested a sweater for Hanukah this year. I’ve tried this in the past with some not-so-awesome results. I think my main problem has been gauge and fit; she likes a looser sweater, which requires that magic animal, EASE. My skills have improved since then, so hopefully we’ll have a better result this time.
Turn of Glass, sniped from ravelry
She picked this sweater. It’s Turn of Glass from the Winter 2011 Knitty. She already asked me to mod it for a little more length, plus my gauge swatch was a little short (I got 3.5″ instead of 4″), so I’m adding a couple extra inches to the bottom. That’s 2 rows of extra seed stitch, plus two inches of stockinette, and I’m extending the chart. At least, that’s the plan. I ordered PLENTY of extra yarn (that’s Berrocco Vintage DK). I hadn’t even noticed that the pattern is written for 50g skeins, and my yarn is 100g. I’m pretty sure I’ll have 2 extras, even after the mods. Fuschia scarf, anyone?
My very, very limited progress
So far, I’ve done about 10 rows of seed stitch. This is definitely the boring part- I have 208 stitches on the needles (I know because I tried to get that number twice before it actually worked out. That was a struggle!). You knit all the way across the bottom, plus I haven’t started the fun cable rib chart yet. I’m excited to get there!
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Thanks to all of you who wished me a happy birthday- I really appreciated it! Although I didn’t get any yarn for my bday, I thought I would share with you what is by far my favorite present.
Bag, bag, bag!
My mom quilted me a huge tote bag that is perfect for carrying my knitting around in! Right now I have my Locke St. Cardigan in it. All of my extra yarn (about 7 skeins), plus the 2 sleeves, the back, the pattern, and both sizes of needles fit in here with no problem. It really is spectacular!
Looking in. So roomy- and you can't tell that there is definitely room for more stuff in here!
It has at least 6 pockets, which my mother spoiled me by filling with a present each. Some were small- a flashlight and tire pressure gauge for my car, but others were a lot better- the new Florence and the Machine CD that I’ve been lusting after (highly recommended), season 1 of Game of Thrones (amazing!), and then, best of all were the gift certificates. She hit up Panera (my favorite salad/sandwich place EVER), Starbucks (there aren’t really any good indie coffee shops near my house, so I have to go there for a good iced coffee), and, best of all, Knit Wits, my LYS at home. Last time I was there they had some new stuff in, some I’m excited to go back next summer and pick up some more supplies. Wooo!
And here’s a close-up of the bag. My mom’s only been quilting for a little while, but it looks so professional. I’m really proud of her- she’s progressing really quickly. I don’t know if she reads this or not (I have definitely given her the sight, but I don’t know how often she visits), but THANK YOU, Mom. This present was really spectacular, and I love it. Well, I’m off to work on my group project, but stay tuned for something new on Wed. I’m really excited to show you!