FO Friday: The Minetta Cardigan

It’s finished!  According to Ravelry, it took me exactly three months to knit this sweater although to this knitter, it felt like a lot longer.IMG_9940

I found some cute buttons to go with it – I wanted something that would keep this cardigan a neutral (no bright colors) but would also keep it from being too boring. These classy little metal ones look perfect I think.IMG_9815

The sweater fits a little weird in places but it’s all things that I can live with and just take note of for the next cardigan.IMG_9906

1. I wish I’d added either waist shaping or hip increases (both might’ve been too much, but one or the other would be ok)

2. The sleeves are big in the underarms and a bit snug around the forearm – fine for layering with short sleeves or tanks. I don’t like underarms that are too tight or touch my skin anywaysIMG_9901

This is my second sweater out of Manos del Uruguay Serena (the first was my Bailiwick) and I know I’ll make more (actually, one is in the works right now with my fabulous sample knitter). This yarn is soft and drapey but shows off texture well.  It certainly keeps tops warm – so not for the dog days of summer – but lightweight (again, that layering thing I keep talking about).IMG_9913

All in all, I’d make this sweater again, I’d just make some changes to it along the way.

Have you finished anything cool?

FO Friday: The Grey Spring Crinkle

It’s been a while since I’ve had an FO that I can share with you, but today I’ve got one!

The Grey Spring Crinkle is almost appropriate for the past few days around these parts what with the clouds we’ve been getting (although those clouds don’t also deliver rain to my new garden, sadly). 

I’m still in love with this pattern and after seeing it in this different texture and color, I think I want to make another one (or two, or three) for myself testing out different yarns and colors!

Linking up with Tami for FO Friday!  What did you knit this week?  Any fun weekend plans?

WIP Wednesday: Greys and Sunshine

The weather lately has been sunny and rainy, sunny and rainy, all within the same day (welcome to Colorado) and my knitting has held a similar color scheme, not on purpose but I did notice it yesterday afternoon whilst it was raining after having been sunny and blue skied all morning.

I’ve been working on some stash-busting scarves for show stock for the upcoming season:

easy pattern, fun result 🙂

And I totally finally got suckered into the quilt extravaganza that is the Beekeeper, although I am a smidge concerned about how the size, the fluffiness of the end quilt affect it as a quilt, is it stiff?  too warm? has anyone had experience with the finished blanket?:

the first of many, I’m sure

Not to mention the secret designs going on in the background, a pattern that will need test knitters soon (hint hint) and cleaning, organizing and making my studio space motivating and work-able!

What have you been up to lately?  To see more WIPs, head to Tami’s blog!

FO Friday: Dad’s Sweater

After agonizing for months about this sweater, finishing it with two days to spare and then playing the waiting game to see if it actually fit, I finally have a verdict for you all.

Although it wasn’t the first present opened, it was worn by the recipient right away and you know what?  Even though I only had a measurement taken by my mom of one of his other sweaters to go off of (I don’t live nearby anymore, I hardly ever see them) the sweater fit better than I had even anticipated!

Getting him to stand still isn't the easiest of feats...

My younger brother commented that it looked “like something you’d find at the GAP” and my Dad seemed thoroughly impressed – it was his very first hand knit sweater and it was from his daughter.

Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled.  The yarn is soft, the garment is machine washable and the man seems pleased with his gift.  This may have been my Project of the Year for 2011 – it took me months (I did take my sweet time with it and worked on it between other projects), it absolutely *had* to fit or I may have broken down in alligator tears, and it had a lot of sentimental value to me if not to the recipient (although I have a hunch that it does for him too).

Both boys wearing hats that Mom knit and Mom and Dad wearing sweaters that I knit

Most of the details can be found on the Ravelry page but here are the basics:

Pattern: Beagle by Norah Gaughan

Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Charcoal (8 skeins used)

Size: 46 (and in-between size I had to fandangle based on the measurement my momma got me – based on the fit, I’m so glad I spent all the time re-working the numbers)

Wanna read more FO Friday posts and share your Christmas victories or less-than-victories?  Tami’s blog has all of the details!

WIP Wednesday

I’m knitting again!  Woo!  I’m also making some other changes that can be found over here, should you be interested in learning about those.

This week I’m working on two matching slouchy hats based on the Chunky Grey Alpaca Slouch in my shop.  Here’s the start:

Can you see the soft?

It feels good to be knitting again.  I had some heavy inner struggle about whether to participate in NaKniSweMo or not, but decided that I probably shouldn’t.  I have so much going on with classes and my other jobs (yes, I have 3 jobs, its too much sometimes).  Regardless, I really hope to be knitting and designing sweaters again, I have so many ideas for them!

What are you working on this Wednesday?  Let us all know over on Tami’s blog!