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Current Cardigan

If you had told me a couple of weeks ago that I would buy a sweater quantity of yarn at Sock Summit and have it knit into a sweater 2 weeks later, I wouldn’t have believed you. Especially considering that it was fingering weight yarn and this was my first sweater using a yarn this thin. Well, let’s get to it! I’ll warn you, I have a gazillion pictures of this sweater!

Pattern: Current by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Bamboo/Cotton Fingering in Shale Be Coming Around the Mountain

Modifications: My gauge was a bit off, but I liked the fabric that the size 6 needles gave me so I did a little recalculating with hopes that I could follow the directions for one size smaller. It ended up working out perfectly. I followed the directions for the size 32″ and ended up with a finished size of 35 1/2″. Because my gauge was off I also had to modify the waist decreases and increase. I knit for 2 inches before starting the side decreases so that the smallest part of the sweater would hit the smallest part of my waist (or at least closer than it would have!). For the side decreases, I did a decrease row every 6th row twice and every 4th row 3 times. When it was time to increase, I did increase rows every 4th row 5 times. I also had to modify the sleeve decreases. I decreased every 8th round twice and every 4th round 4 times. I also knit the sleeves about an inch longer than the pattern called for. Phew. I think that’s all the mods!

Let me talk a little bit about the yarn. This spring I was looking for some non-wool yarns to knit up some spring and summer handknits that wouldn’t be quite as warm as wool. I looked at several online shops and nothing really appealed to me. But then, Three Irish Girls announced that they would be releasing some non-wool bases at several retailers. I didn’t order from any of the online retailers because I hoped that Sharon would bring some of the new stuff to Sock Summit. And, of course, she did.

I hadn’t really planned on knitting up the fingering weight version so soon after returning from Sock Summit, but when I realized what a great pair the Current Cardigan and the Bamboo/Cotton would make, I cast-on right away.

I can’t say enough good things about the Bamboo/Cotton base. Cotton can be a little rough to knit with because it doesn’t have a lot of give. But this stuff was amazing. The bamboo gives it a lovely sheen and wonderful drape, while the cotton gives it a nice sturdiness and softness. The resulting garment is very light and drapes nicely. And of course, it’s soft on the skin.

I’ve knit several of Cecily’s designs (I think this is my 3rd?), and all of her patterns are exceptionally well written and this pattern is no exception. I’m a big fan of her top down designing as I find I can get a better fit since I can try the sweater on as I go. Her instructions are always clear and she writes her patterns for a wide range of sizes.

This cardigan is very wearable, and I love it’s versatility. It can be just as easily paired with a summer dress as it can with jeans and a t-shirt.

The little cables on the front bands and around the collar are a nice touch. Not too fussy, but interesting enough to keep your interest while you’re knitting it.

All in all, I’m very pleased with the way this turned out. I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of it and I love that I can just toss it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle.

How about one more parting picture?

 

 

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Blueberry Season Has Arrived!

Seth and I went blueberry picking at one of the local farms on Sunday and ended up with about 8 pounds of fresh blueberries. Wednesday we whipped up a large batch of blueberry jam that yielded about 8 half-pints of jam. Now, Seth eats a PB&J sandwich every day for lunch (and often eats toast with jelly before running) so we might just need to make another batch! This spring we ran out of homemade jam before strawberries were in season and Seth had to make do with store bought jelly. Well, one jar…and then we bought some at the local farmer’s market because the store bought stuff was “terrible.”

I had planned on making a batch of Blueberry Buckle on Wednesday night while Seth was at work, and he sent me a text from work asking if I could make a double batch so that he could bring some to work today for their monthly potluck. The recipe was really easy to double and I put half in a 9-inch pie dish and the other half in an 8×8 pyrex dish. Within about 15 minutes of the buckle being in the oven, my entire house smelled incredible! I also had a loaf of bread in the bread machine, so my house smelled like a bakery! Hmm, maybe I need to bake more often?

Seth broke into the one we were keeping here as soon as he got home from work. Apparently, the blueberry buckle was a big hit at lunch today and a few people requested the recipe.

I’m buzzing right along on my Current Cardigan, and only have the sleeves left! I know, I know. I always stall out on the sleeves. But, these are elbow length sleeves, so I’m hoping I can rally and finish it up this weekend. Heh. Only time will tell.

I’m really pleased with the way it’s fitting so far, and absolutely love the fabric that the cotton/bamboo is making. I suppose I should start looking for buttons! I certainly didn’t think that I’d blow through this pattern so quickly.

In the land of sewing, I’ve been making some kindle cases and a laptop case for the girls that I’m teaching to knit (S & E from the county fair post). I haven’t done a shop update in a while, so I’m also working on getting some new bags put together for an update in the near future (maybe next week?). Stay tuned…I’ll get some previews up as soon as I set a date and time!

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I Wasted No Time…

breaking into my Sock Summit yarn! I’ve been searching for a while for a non-wool yarn to knit some things to wear in the warmer months. The problem I was having is that most of the non-wool yarn out there is commercially dyed, or contains acrylic. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with commercially dyed yarn. But, I hadn’t been able to find a yarn that felt nice and had colors that I thought I would wear.

A few months ago Three Irish Girls announced that they would be releasing some non-wool bases this summer! I figured that Sharon would bring some of these yarns to Sock Summit, so on Thursday I went to the TIG booth to find myself some summer yarns! Between Thursday and Friday I ended up with 2 different weights of cotton/bamboo yarn (50/50). When I got home this weekend, I wound up a skein of the fingering weight, picked a pattern and knit a swatch. It’s glorious to knit with. I was worried it might be a bit slippery to work with since the yarn is so smooth and has a wonderful sheen to it. But, it knits up quite easily and has amazing drape.

The last two days we’ve been having our windows replaced which gave me a really good excuse to sit on the couch and knit for 2 days straight! I wanted to stay out of the way, but needed to be here so that I could make sure Sailor was behaving himself and didn’t try and escape out the door.

I ended up making quite a bit of progress on my sweater over the last 2 days, and I’m going to try and knit the whole thing by August 15th so I can have 4 weeks to work on the final Camp Loopy project (any kind of project using 800 yards of yarn).

Wanna see the yarn and sweater so far?! Yes, of course you do!

Three Irish Girls Cotton/Bamboo Fingering in “Shale be Coming Around the Mountain” – it’s a bit lighter than in the photo

The pattern only calls for 4 buttons at the top…but I think I’m going to put them the whole way down. 

I’m really pleased with the way it’s knitting up. The sweater is going to be extremely lightweight and perfect for chilly summer nights or days out at the coast!

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