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!

a cozy weekend

This past week was a mighty nice one. The weekend was great too. Jon took me, my friend Kelly, and our daughter Faith to one of the best yarn shops in the Maritimes. It’s about an hour away from here but it’s always worth the trip. Jon, with some help from Mr. Visa, indulged me in the purchase of some pretty fine future projects. One skein is wool and silk, while the other is 100% silk. I can’t wait to work with this stuff.

Earlier in the week I had a fun knitting date with my darling knitting friend Kelly where she was working on the sweet Liesl sweater displayed in the stunning photograph below. I got to see the completed masterpiece on Sunday. This photo was taken by Kelly’s hubby in the “backyard”.

I dug out an old project and completed it so I could make use of it before the summer season is over. It’s made of cotton/angora. I’ve discovered I have a very capable photographer in my house, and that would be my 11 year old daughter. It was the first time I had asked her to take pics and she did great! I needed these for my page.

I cast on for a new sweater, it’s a from Norwegian based company. If you’re curious, you can see it here. I’m quite excited about it.

I ended the day making some seafood chowder from scratch. You see I had some in a restaurant on Saturday when Jon treated Kelly, Faith, and I to a little snack on our knitting day trip. I’m not one who really likes to cook, but after having a midnight snack of the yummy chowder last night, I think I’ll have to consider doing this more often!