Aidez KAL

September 24th marks the beginning of a knit along for Aidez, the gorgeous cardigan designed by Cirilia Rose, which resides at the top of my queue on Ravelry.  A big thanks to Kelly at CelticCaston.com for initiating this much awaited project!

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I had originally purchased a lovely green shade of Cascade Eco +, but it was bought on a whim and didn’t grab my heart as it should.  Thankfully I found the perfect colour from a fellow knitter on Ravelry who had it up for sale.  It’s more of a light brown stone colour, perfect to go with anything.

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Stayed tuned at Kelly’s blog for our progress.  I hope to start some swatching on Saturday.  Let the winding begin!

My New “Favourite Cardigan”

Although this design is called “Favourite Cardigan”, and it’s not technically my fav, I’m quite pleased with how this little number turned out.

I adore top down raglan sleeve knits!

I didn’t end up with the intended 3/4 length sleeves, even though I followed the pattern. I had a brain freeze and forgot to even check and see if I liked the length before I did the ribbing and bind off. Even so, I wasn’t displeased enough to change that!

I found some very cheap but very appropriate buttons at the local fabric store, and reinforced the buttonhole band with ribbon.

Pattern: Favourite Cardigan, out of “Custom Knits” by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, colour #2429
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Modifications: Made it full length as opposed to being cropped
Were I to make it again: The design is supposed to end up off the shoulders, but in no way does this happen if the pattern is followed as written. Next time I would cast on more stitches and start the body sooner.

breakin’ out the ol’ crochet hook for a minute or two

I recently finished knitting up Sassymetrical, a very cute cropped asymmetrical cardigan. I have yet to take final photos of me in it, but here is when it was in the WIP stage:

Asymmetrical Cropped Cardi

Asymmetrical Cropped Cardi

As you can see there’s no closure. Lovely shawl closures you see in a LYS are $25, but I can’t justify the expense. Okay, so I’d rather spend that money on increasing my stash anyways.

I decided to dust off my crochet hook and do a little digging on Ravelry to find a flower I could whip up. I went with this pattern here. You can find it here on Ravelry.

crocheted flower

crocheted flower

Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to attach it without resorting to a safety pin.

I’ll post pics of me modeling it soon!

My first official finished cardi


Even though I started my very first sweater over a year ago, a cable knit cardigan of all things, I only just finished my first one last week.  It’s a Scandinavian design from Drops Design.  I’m partial to their designs, it might have something to do with the fact that they’re free!

I have an embarrassingly large stash of New Zealand wool on cones for making my bags.  One contains one of my favourite colours: violet, lavender, or whatever you want to call it. I HAD to see if I could make myself something out of it to wear.

Please excuse the narcissistic-like photos below, but they were taken for the purpose of posting on Ravelry where it’s the standard to be fun and creative with your photos.  I appreciate it when knitters put personality into showing off their creations.

If I was to do this pattern again, I’d use a softer wool, and make the section before the gathered bottom edge a little longer, so it goes under my boobs!!

PATTERN: 106-30 Short DROPS jacket in stocking stitch

YARN: New Zealand wool, light sport weight doubled, purchased on Ebay

NEEDLES: 4.5mm

MODIFICATIONS: Hardly a modification, but I did a 3-needle bind off on the shoulders.

Glazed pottery buttons with a touch of violet in the middle…poifect!