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Shalom Cardi

Finding time to knit has been a bit harder lately, but I try to squeeze it in whenever I can. My latest project is this Shalom cardigan (free pattern!). I admit that I started this project halfheartedly and wasn’t sure I really liked the pattern. I scoured Ravelry for other knitter’s projects that I liked and applied their mods. I love how it turned out!

Shalom

Carrot Cardigan in Elk

It took four months, but the Carrot Cardigan, is finally finished. Pardon the speck on my camera lens.

Down with Brown

This project took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Not because it was difficult, but because of a recurring battle I was having with eczema on my hands. It made the skin on my hands crack and peel which was painful anytime I needed to use my hands – which was all the time. No hand modeling for moi.

For the knitters: Very easy (but also boring) pattern. The sleeves are still a tad too big in the armhole for me, but would have been even bigger had I not followed Sarie’s modifications. If you’re on Ravelry, check out her suggestions for the pattern. I used Knit Pick’s Stroll Sport yarn in Elk for this project. The yarn is super soft, but after just one washing it already has a fuzzy look too it.

Abalone 2: This Time It’s Personal

The first Abalone cardi that I knit was a bit too snug for me so it ended up going to my sister who has a smaller frame. I really wanted one for myself so I tried it again using the exact same yarn. This time, I knit it wider (increased to 128 sts compared to 98 sts) to accommodate my husky self.

Front

I also knit the edging as directed on the pattern…

Following Directions

Mr. Greenjeans in Henna

This Mr. Greenjeans cardi had been in my Ravelry queue for years so I finally decided to tackle it back in November. Between all the holiday-related distractions, deadlines, and a week in Duck, I just kept forgetting to post about it. BTW, the week in Duck was just what Santa ordered. We lucked out with the weather and only had one day of rain and another day when it was windy. The temps were in the 50s and low 60s for most of the week. It was almost 70 degrees on the 31st, so we spent the last day of 2011 reading on the beach.

Anyway, back to the cardi…  I like the style of the cardi but decided I wanted a slightly longer length. I extended the torso section prior to the cables so that the button would fall closer to my waist rather than just under the bust. I took this picture before sewing on the button.

On Dress Form

Color My Cardi

My latest, “big” knitting project is about 80% done so I want to get the next one ready to go. Here’s the cardigan that I’m planning to make next.

Carrot Cardigan

I’ve been looking for a reasonably-priced, basic, long cardigan without much luck so I’ve decided to make one for myself. The pattern is Hannah Fettig’s Carrot Cardigan. Choosing the pattern was fairly easy.

Because of the amount of yarn that I’ll need, I’ve decided to use Knit Pick’s Stroll Sport. It’s reasonable priced and machine washable/dryable.

Now the hard part. What color should I use? Do I pick a neutral like one of these?

Mink Heather