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The Beginning…

…of a sweater always starts out so promising. You have pretty yarn, you have needles, a pattern, if you are lucky, a nice bag to put it all in

Effortless Cardi

you cast on, you knit. You check the pattern, you keep knitting, back and forth (if it’s a flat knit), knit, purl

Effortless Cardi

you admire the fabric you’ve made so far, you count stitches to make sure you haven’t gotten ahead of yourself

Effortless Cardi

you decide to blog your progress, you pull out the camera, artfully arrange your knitting…

Effortless Cardi

…and then realize that at this point, the only thing it resembles is a shapeless blob.

Effortless Cardi

…but you blog about it anyway. ;op



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One more time…

…into the breach. (or something like that…)

I’ve decided to give CeCe another shot. The last attempt was frogged due to my inability to pay attention and read my knitting – plus, I decided that I hated the yarn color.

Progress as of Saturday:

CeCe 2.0

The yarn is Zephyr Wool/Silk DK weight in Blueberry – purchased almost exactly one year ago at Halcyon in Maine (which reminds me, it’s almost RR and my engagement anniversary!). I have a full cone of it so I’m thinking (hoping, actually) that I have enough to make elbow length sleeves.

I cast on Thursday afternoon, made it through the first lace row, realized I screwed up on the very first row of ribbing, ripped back, cast on again, counted like fourteen times to make sure it was right, knit the ribbing and then spent most of last night attempting to get a correct first lace row again while watching Law & Order CI.

*sigh* is it wrong to not be optimistic about this because of our shaky beginnings? ;o)



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Twist…

Last week, I finished my Olympic project, Twist.  We had a nice sunny day (and I had a new haircut) so R and I went outside with the camera for a few photos:

Twist Front

Twist Back

Twist Collar

Twist Buttons

Pattern: Twist

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in the colorway Midnight Derby

Needles: Knitpicks Options size 6 and 7 (used magic loop for sleeves)

Time to Knit: Began project on September 1, 2009 so 6.5 months – this was my 2010 Winter Olympics project in the event WIPs Dancing.  I did not finish on time but I was close!  At least it motivated me to pick up the needles again and finish my sweater.

Notes: I chose to mostly follow directions on this project.  I went with the collar version instead of the hooded one.  I wanted the structure of seams so I knit the separate pieces – however, I knit the sleeves in the round and used the EZ method of ‘fake seams’ to help give them structure.  The buttons I found at Joann Fabrics.

Me

I think it’s safe to say this sweater makes me happy (or possibly it’s just the photographer…or both).  ;o)

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