I can't believe I have a finished project. It seems like it has been a while since I have got anything accomplished at home, at work and on the needles. I would like to introduce you to the Nevis Cardigan by Stephanie Japel. Finished on the very last day of August. Can you believe it is September already?
Made with Berroco Folio yarn, approximately 840 yards, with size 7 needles. I made the medium size or for the 33 bust circumference. You see my bust is not all that big but my shoulders are so I have to play around with the sizing a bit. This stash yarn was perfect for this project. The sweater fits very nicely, it is a little loose which is just what I was going for. This aging body of mine does not appreciate anything tight, those days are long gone.
The increases are very easy, every six rows and are located at the front of the cardigan which adds a nice design element. I really love this sweater, a nice sweater for beginners and all of us old time knitters as well. It did get a bit boring and tedious towards the end, frankly I just wanted this to be done. But I wanted a project that did not have me thinking too hard and that is exactly what this was.
Well I wasn't thinking too hard until I got to the sleeves. I whipped out my size seven double pointed needles and got going. The problem was mine entirely, I started on these after a migraine and well if you suffer from them you know how entirely fluffy your brain feels after one. You really can't put a coherent thought together, so you can imagine how hard it is to get double pointed needles to behave. I actually dropped two stitches, in two different places! Really that is almost unheard of by me and in freaking garter stitch, not and easy thing to repair even on a good day. I finally ripped the sleeve out after many pathetic attempts at correcting my mistake, and put the whole thing aside. All I had left to do were those sleeves so I was not about to let the whole sweater go down in a cloud of disaster if I could help it. Sure enough a good nights sleep did the trick and those sleeves literally popped off the needles in no time at all. I have to add that I did make a slight little threat to those double pointed needles, if they did not behave they were going to be broken in two and thrown in the rubbish. I think we both understood who was the boss after that.
I really do love the finished sweater. Funny how seeing it all complete makes me want to cast on another on right away. I have to restrain myself and get working on that new little ripple baby blanket. For those of you out there who are not so keen on the crochet ripple, well the crochet part of it anyway. Ellen, from The Ellen Report, I am talking to you here, have you thought of making a blanket with the knitted version of this, the Feather and Fan pattern? You can find this pattern about everywhere on Ravelry and online. I gave it a good thought for a few minutes and decided a crochet ripple would be faster for me to make. But I think the feather and fan would work too, and wouldn't it make a great scarf? By the way those of you on Ravelry, you can find me over there as Mereknits, I know how original!
Just so you don't think life over here is all about knitting and yarn. There has been lots of work, another migraine, and lots of mold and mildew cleaning outside, gosh my life is so exciting! There has also been homework. Even Little Buddy has had a project to do. I admit I had to help a little, he is not quite as dexterous as the other kids in his classroom. A little version of him. I made some construction paper canes to go along with it as we are trying to get him to use them more at school.
Happy September, mid week, Wednesday and all that.