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I don’t believe I made this…
10 September, 2007, 8:05 am
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0910070806sienna.jpg0910070809sienna-detail.jpgFirst, let me say that I have always been attracted to this sweater pattern from the instant I picked up the magazine…it may look like an old lady sweater to some, being a non trendy kind of cardigan after all, but I always found her charming for exactly that reason.  She isn’t blocked yet, so the front open cable design is not…open yet but you can still get the idea.  This sweater whispers “autumn” to me and I can’t wait to wear it!  Sorry for the quality of the pics, all I have is my cell cam and the lighting isn’t the best…I’ll try for a better one later.

Sienna Cardigan, by Ann E. Smith, from Interweave Knits Fall 2006.  Knit up in size 36, it has a loose fit on me-not snug at all,  its just the right size for layering a shirt underneath.

Yarn: Cascade 220, color was called “Patina” #9446 I think.  Its a coppery tweed, with subtle green in the mix.  4 full skeins, knit on US size 10 needles.  Buttons are green vegetable ivory from the best button shop in the world-“Button, Button” (scroll down) in Vancouver, BC.

Modifications: On the right side button band, I did a picot bind off to compliment the “bumpy” edging of the collar, otherwise knit as per pattern.  I want to make another one, and next time, I’ll do a different edge to the sleeves, perhaps adding ribbing as I have seen on some versions, or a decorative bind off or maybe a band of cabling done separately and sewn on so that they will look a little more finished.  I’m not a huge fan of the rolled edge, but I can live with it. 

Lessons learned:  Sewing, sewing, sewing.  I have always wimped out and knitted only raglan one piece items…this was my first totally sewn together sweater.  The seams aren’t 100% perfect (I sewed/ripped the left shoulder seam about 5 times at least before I was happy with it) but I think I am just being a little tough on myself.  There was one heart stopping moment when, while I was resewing the top of the right sleeve cap, I THOUGHT I was snipping a seam stitch but actually cut a sweater stitch which was then in danger of unraveling, but I was able to stabilize it and catch it in the seam itself so that it is secured.  Surprisingly, even though knitting is one of the things in this world that can inspire me to use my “sentance enhacers”,  I seamed the whole thing without uttering a single curse word ! (“Utter” is the operative word in that sentance…since I certainly *thought* quite a few, and I do have laryngitis. I really do. Honest. And when I cut that stitch, I was speechless.) 

Whew! It feels good to have this done and now I can work on the Wing O’the Moth for a bit, though I do need a quick airplane project to take with me next week. 


Knitting to the finish line…
5 September, 2007, 1:43 pm
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Work continues apace on Sienna….with only 3/4 of the left front to do of the main pieces…then pick up the stitches around for that cute collar and button band.   I. Will. Finish. This. Sweater.  Soon. It must be done completely before the 19th so I can pack it for my trip back to visit BC.  I hear I may need a good sweater as its nice and cool now there…

Somehow, writing about it gives me the motivation to finish it faster…not like there are any readers out there hanging on every stitch or anything, but still…putting it in writing helps make it real.  More later, maybe a picture!

Another Monday…
4 September, 2007, 8:30 am
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Wait. This post isn’t a downer about how since there was a long weekend, the REAL Monday felt like another Sunday and Tuesday feels like the Monday for the week…well maybe it is a little.  I had to work yesterday (Financially, I was happy about that) but it was my 3rd day in a row so it was more like my Friday (I work three 12 hr shifts a week in a hospital)…Today being Tuesday feels more like Saturday to me.  And what do we like to do on Saturdays?   I confess, I don’t know what you like to do, but I prefer to do as little as possible.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind working hard but I do feel that life needs balance…working hard means (if at all possible) relaxing equally hard. Knitting is exempt, since it is so enjoyable that it barely qualifies as an activity in my book…I love knitting so much that it ranks right down there on the mellow scale (up there?) with relaxing with some coffee or watching the hawks circle over the open field next to where I live.  Today, my plan is to seriously knit on the final pieces of my Sienna Cardigan, aka “the coffeeshop sweater”.  I have the back, right front, and both sleeves done, that leaves the left front and button band/collar to do.  Perfectly finishable I think since, last fall when I started this project, I was able to knit the larger sections in a day each.  This is an easy knit, but I am a little fearful of the finishing part since I haven’t ever done set in sleeves before (addicted to knit in the round raglans most of my life)-it will be learning experiance!  lump O'sweaterraw sweaterI know I mentioned that I wasn’t knitting sweaters much lately, but I need to get this one done and off the needles.  Then its back to comfy (and sexy *wink*) underthing knitting for me!  Here it is in all its unfinished sweater lump glory:0904070925sweater-lump.jpg