As you’ve noticed, I’ve been in something of a knitting rut. There haven’t been very many finished objects coming out and I realized this the other day. I was suddenly overwhelmed by a feeling of ineptness. Like I was fighting some kind of futile uphill battle. I had several WIP around the house, but haven’t really gotten onto them and finished any. So I did just that!
First on the list, the Coolbreeze Cardigan! Yes, it is complete! I ended up going with the shorter sleeves because I think I would wear it more. I realized I always pull up the sleeves on all my sweaters and if the sleeves don’t go up to my elbow, I don’t wear them as much. I really like the look with elbow length sleeves.
I may have to re-do the button band. I know that this yarn in particular relaxes quite a bit when blocked, and I knit this sweater with that in mind. However the button band lost all it’s firmness and has a beautiful drapey quality to it, but it really doesn’t work for this cardigan in particular. Since it was knit from the top down and the increases are uniform around the yoke, there isn’t much shoulder shaping. As a result, it needs to be buttoned up to fit properly; but the button band is so relaxed, it looks like the fabric is strained. I think I will have to re-do the button band and just not wash it until I have worn it enough to create shoulder indents.
Second finished object of 2014! The mohair and cascade 220 scarf for my mom. if you’ve been reading, I finished a matching hat and blogged about it here. I ended up ripping out the pattern I was doing and knit a waffle stitch bias scarf. I remember looking for an easy stitch that looked difficult and the one I came up with looked difficult and WAS difficult.
I suppose it doesn’t count as a finished object yet, but I finished one of the socks I’ve been making from the yarn I dyed in Chicago. I just rounded the heel on the second one and am picking up stitches for the foot!
I used to hate making socks, they were small and you HAD to use double pointed needles, or two circulars. Now that I’ve done a few of them, I like them more and more. I actually think I might make my dad a pair for his birthday on February 15th. I have a nice green yarn that would make really nice socks. It’s thick too, so it would be warm and knit up really quick.
Hopefully this trend of finishing past WIP’s will continue! Wish me luck