Long Days + a New Sweater

The days are long right now. Early morning wake ups combined with hours full of fun, work, challenge, stress, and play: all the things that make up ones day. It all seems incompatible, yet at the end of the day it is the paradox that makes up my life right now. The transition from work to home life is particularly challenging.  I’m working on eliminating unnecessary stresses and adding in things that fill by cup of bliss, but it is hard (as I know you know).

When times get like this, I turn to my knitting. Always the knitting. It has changed my life in so many ways, and continues to be a source of calm, creativity, and comfort.

Over the weekend I got a chance to take some photos of my finished Tidal Cardigan.  It’s been done for a fair while now, but I have to admit I wasn’t in love with it at first.  It’s a little bit too big, the buttons a bit small. Because it wasn’t perfect I hesitated sharing it in this space.  Silly, right?!

These things happen in knitting as in life, and the more we choose to only share what’s gone according to plan, the more we perpetuate this idea of perfection.  Particularly in the blog world…

In any case, this sweet cardigan has grown on me.  There are ways to fix what bugs me about it, and that’s a gift; not everything can be altered or redone after the fact.  Nor should it. Instead of focusing on what I don’t like about something (or didn’t accomplish), I’m going to shout out what did go well.

The seaming is beautiful on this sweater! The yarn is cheery and has silk!

Okay, that’s enough of the Peaceful philosopher brain dump for today!

FO:: Goodale

I don’t know what happened here, but I excitedly finished and started wearing this little cardigan about 3 weeks ago and promptly forgot to blog about it.  That’s life, for you: sometimes it seems to move so slowly and we’re able to take in every moment, other times it’s Monday and you could swear it was just the weekend.  Wasn’t it, though?

This was a very nice pattern to knit.  I’ve often admired Cecily Glowick MacDonald’s designs, but haven’t been able to get to as many as I would have liked.  Goodale is the perfect project when you want to knit a simple yet interesting small sweater.  For the most part it’s made up of swathes of soothing stockinette, and yet there’s just enough going on with the attached icord edging and increases to keep you paying attention.  There is a fair bit of finishing at the end when you have to fold over and attach pockets, knit an icord closure, and pick up stitches around the neck, but those are the very details that make this top so special.  Well worth it.

Also worth it is this sumptuous yarn from Pigeonroof Studios.  Cashmere.  Silk. Merino.  All good things to knit with, and I swear cashmere blends knit faster than anything else!

Immediately after finishing this, I started stalking other cardigan patterns by CGM (as I lovingly refer to her).  The top contender right now is Tidal, coincidentally also knit in Cassiopeia DK!  I may try making a substitution from my personal stash, but there is also a lovely dusky purple in said yarn just sitting in a cubby at Stash, waiting for a good home…

What patterns/designers are you stalking this week?