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I am still knitting the new cardigan for my mother.  Here is where I am at now.

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Unfortunately I have hit a few obstacles while knitting this.  It is obvious that the knitting gods are punishing me for starting something new (please note that this excuses me from any personal responsibility for my mistakes.)

The pattern I am knitting is the Eyelet Cardigan (ravelry link.)  The pattern is by Alison Williams and it is a leaflet printed by Blue Sky Alpacas.  It is a cropped cardigan but mom asked for more length.  Also it is knit in pieces and then seamed.  I am not a huge fan of seams when they are not necessary so I decided to knit it in the round to the arm holes.

I added all the stitches from the left front, right front, back, and cast on.   I counted the CO row 3 times and got the same number, 156.  Great, so I commenced the 4″ of ribbing.

After the ribbing the eyelet pattern required some more math to center the pattern.  I knit the first row as I had figured and ended up off at the end.  I counted my repeats and checked them all to make sure I had not made a mistake.  Nope.  I could not figure out what was wrong.  I checked my notes.  Huh?  It says to cast on 152 stitches and I vaguely remember counting (3x) 156 stitches.  I was not knitting 4″ of ribbing again for 4 measly stitches so I decided to add some “filler” stitches around the pattern and continued knitting.

After about 3″ of the eyelet pattern I noticed that the increases I was doing for the bust shaping were not working out as I had planned.  The increases were almost done and I was at where the cardigan would hit mom at her high waist.  Not so good, it turns out I needed to add length (remember not cropped?) before starting the shaping.  Whoops, no quick fix this time.  I decided it mattered enough to rip out.  I have now reknit those 3″ and will now start the bust shaping.

A close up that shows the color fairly well.

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The following is the only decent picture I have of the eyelet pattern, but it is not stretched so I need to stretch it and take a pic which is kinda hard.

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Hopefully I will only have to knit things once from here on out.

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AGAIN

Here we go again.  I had a wonderful post typed yesterday, it was witty and engaging.  Unfortunately you will have to make do with this one because the internet ate yesterdays.

I visited my mother this weekend and while there took a look through her yarn.  She doesn’t knit but she does buy yarn.  This yarn is for me to knit for her.  It works pretty well, she usually sews something for me in return.  In January she bought some Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed.  I have knit with the DK version of this yarn (my CPH) and I love it.  It is squishy and soft and tweedy.  I decided to bring this yarn home with me.

As soon as I got home I grabbed some needles to swatch, you know, just to see how it knit up (denial, I know.)  Mom also purchased a pattern that she wanted this yarn to be so I thought I’d just pull out the pattern and have a quick look (another mistake).  After swatching and looking over the pattern I thought it wouldn’t hurt to cast on for the ribbing (HA!)  I have tried really hard lately to only knit one thing at a time and you all may remember that I am working on the sleeves for another sweater and no they are not done yet.  Therefore I began rationalizing.

If I cast on for this sweater I will have something simple to knit at knit group.  (The current pattern is very basic.)

If I start this sweater I will be able to follow a pattern and not think too much.  (The current sweater pattern notes are all finished.)

I had planned on knitting this sweater for Mother’s Day which is way way overdue.  (Mom had no idea this was my plan.)

If I start now I can have this sweater finished by mom’s birthday in October.  (This is of course contingent on my knitting daily which probably won’t happen because my back is STILL bothering me.)

I really really want to start something new.  (Imagine that sentence in an incredibly whiny 13 yr old girl tone and you will get a glimpse of how desperate I was getting with myself.)

To summarize with a picture.  Here is the ribbing:

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The color is WAY off, I need to take some more pictures.  The yarn is really a soft green with yellowy green and cranberry speckles.  Here is the close up photo from yesterday.

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Grr

I had a blog post all written.  I tried to publish the post and it disappeared.

Argh.  I will retype it tomorrow.

For now a picture teaser:

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Labor Day/100th post/sleeves

An eclectic post for you all today, it is Labor Day and I got to take the day off which was great. The weather has been perfect here in KS. We grilled out yesterday at my parents house, so I got to eat grilled zucchini, red pepper, onion and squash. It was sooooo tasty. I love grilled veggies. I used the leftovers to make an incredibly delicious omelet-type thing this morning.

This is also the 100th post, so that is really all there is to say about that.

On the knitting front I am still knitting (slowly) the same sweater. It is hard to imagine that I started it in January (it may have been the last day in Dec??  It has been so long I can’t remember!) and I am only finished with the front and back. I have made some progress on the sleeves.  I am knitting them both at the same time.  I find that works best for me.

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Another shot that shows the sleeve in action.  I like it because the photo makes the sleeve look longer than it is.

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I keep trying to take a close up pic of the texture of this stitch pattern but none seem to be exactly right.  The best so far but the color is way off:

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I am eager to start knitting something else.  I have about 100 different ideas of what to make next, if this sweater ever ends.  I am really really really trying not to start anything else until this sweater is done, but it is not easy.  Hopefully it will be done before the end of the year.

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