Hooray:: A Finished Sweater!

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Hooray Cardigan by Veera Valimaki in Madelinetosh Vintage “Tart”

This post has been a long time in the making.  I excitedly started this sweater back in January of 2012, and promptly put it into long-term time out after a mis-crossed cable episode.  The sweater got some brief attention back in September when I had ambitions to finish it in time for Sweater Weather in Oregon. It got set aside again, in favor of other knits.

It wasn’t until January of this year that an inexplicable spark ignited my desire to knit on it all the time.  I had the body finished in a week.  After that it was simply a matter of persevering through the epic ribbing and knitting against the sinking feeling that I would run out of yarn.  Hence the 3/4 length sleeves with mere yards to spare!



I also went a little beyond my usually hasty button attachment and followed The Knitmore Girls Couture Button and Grosgrain Ribbon tutorials.  This adds a nice finish and stability to the button band, plus it’s nice to have a little flash of something unexpected peeking out from inside the sweater.

This was a very fun, addictive knit once I got into the rhythm of the pattern.  I love the details of the cables and attached i-cord edging.  It feels really good to get this sweater off the needles and into my wardrobe.    I’ve worn it twice since finishing it last weekend and get lots of compliments each time.  High off the success of this sweater, I’ve already cast on another…hopefully it will join the ranks of Finished Objects a little sooner that this cardigan.

You can read all the details on the project on my Ravelry page here.

Yarn Along:: Pros + Pecuiliars

After a month-long hiatus from blogging, I think it best to just jump back in with a new edition of Yarn Along! So here we go with what I’ve been knititng and reading this week:


Out of long-term hibernation, my Hooray Cardigan has been enjoying a lot of attention.  This is definitely one of those projects that was cast aside after a few minor frustrations, and left to linger for months.  I started it last January, and it’s time to wear it already!  That yarn, those cables, oh it’s going to be a delicious handknit.  My goal is to work semi-monogomaously on this for the rest of the month and see how far I get.  I’m already about 6 inches into the body, so a finished sweater no longer seems so out of reach!

I’ve been reading a lot this month as well.  After finishing up The Twelve (over 500 pages!), I decided to set my sights on some smaller tomes.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a haunting and tense novel so compelling I have been reading it late into the night.  Fiction mixed with bizarre vintage photography mixes well to create a special world quite unlike the everyday we know.  I hear Tim Burton is directing the movie version of the book, so if you like to read the book first, hurry and do it!

I’m also often reading books to inspire myself as an entrepreneur, and this is my latest favorite.  Turning Pro is Steven Pressfield’s follow-up to The War of Art, and is perfectly timed for me.  My theme for 2013 is Going Pro. This is a great book if you are an artist, a creative or a person who is challenged to move forward into the life you dream of.  It’s also helpful for people who have taken steps toward living their dream but need help showing up in a non-amateur way.  For me this means to stop procrastinating, make decisions, and play like I’m already in the big leagues.  It’s a quick read, and one I’ll be looking toward for continued inspiration.

What’s on your nightstand and in your project basket this week?

Yarn Along:: Out of Hibernation

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. 
We went to the beach over the weekend with Sweetie’s parents. Knowing there would be a 4 to 1 ratio of capable adults to curious toddler, I figured my chances of getting some knitting done were pretty good. So I pulled out my Hooray Cardigan from last winter. This sweater was off to such a good start, and then something happened with the cables and it went into long-term hibernation. It did require about on hour of cable surgery (again), but now I am back on track and have divided for the sleeves. I seem to have a case of the sweater knitting lately, as I plan on casting on the Rocky Coast cardigan this week as part of our fall knit-along over at Stash.

I just started reading wild and am really enjoying it so far. I am not a backpacker by any stretch (there was that one time in Glacier that ended in me staying awake most of the night with fear and indigestion). Three chapters in, I am a loving Strayed’s writing and look forward to seeing where her adventure hiking the Pacific Crest Trail takes her next.

What’s on your nightstand and in your project basket this week?

Knitting Update

This is a little something I’ve been working on for our first knit-along at Stash. You can read more about the project here.

I’ve been missing this space a bit lately.  One explanation for my absence is that I have been devoting a good part of my blogging energy toward the Stash blog, Pintrest, and Facebook pages.  Another reason is that I am so very tired.  PB is going through a bit of a sleep challenge right now, fighting going to sleep some nights and waking up around 4:30 every morning. Keeping her up later doesn’t seem to make a difference.  I wouldn’t mind your suggestions; we’re all exhausted and looking for help!

In knitting news….

I’ve had a little bit of the knitting ADD this month, and before finishing this hat I had 5 projects on the needles.  That’s a lot for me, even if one of them is in deep hibernation!  I’m part process knitter and a larger part product knitter, and I had been itching to finish something!  This would have been a quick hat, but the nature of knitting at work is that it only gets attention for small bits of time, a few stitches here and there.

As for my at home knitting, I’m almost to the armhole divide on the Hooray Cardigan despite not having really knit on it in over a week.  The Hitchiker Shawl I started has been coming along steadily, and I am starting to see the end.  All the soothing garter stitch, with something interesting at the beginning of each row, is perfect for end of the day tv watching while on the couch knitting.  The Slable Hat I started in December has moved out of short-term hibernation and back to Stash where it will be my work knitting until it’s finished up.

How about you?  What are you knitting?  Is anything a real slog?  I’d love to finish up my long-languishing sock club socks.  I hear the Doubleknit Twins are doing a finish, frog, or slog-along this year, so I think that might help motivate me to finish up that second sock!

I Fixed It:: Hooray!

This yarn has been in my stast almost a year, and I have been wondering what to knit with it for nearly that entire time. Madelinetosh is known for its rich, tonal colorways, and Tart really lives up to expectations. Deep reds with a black shadow, this yarn is smooth and sproingy, begging to be knit into something deliciously textured.

I had a false start earlier this month when I cast on for Goodale, a project I’d been wanting to make for ages. And it looked good, but I knew this yarn could look great.

In the end, I decided to go with the Hooray Cardigan by Veera Valimaki. The cables, reverse stockinette body, and wide ribbed collar all make me so very happy, and I’m already fantasize about wearing it.  Which should go a long way toward motivating me to finish it up before the warm weather hits.

I’m a little short on yarn, so to help myself along I knit the inside of the turned collar in some leftover yarn of the same weight.  It felt like the ribbing took forever (8 inches!), but now I am finally into the meat of the sweater: the cables and raglan increases. Hooray!

But wait: I forgot to cross a cable…4 rows ago… What do I do?! In a miraclulous moment of mental clarity rarely reached these days, I remembered the Yarn Harlot writing about how to drop down and fix a miscrossed cable.  I decided that I could do it too, and if it didn’t work out, I could always tink the entire 4 rows and be no worse off.  And guess what? It worked. Hooray!

I isolated the 12 stitches to be cabled and dropped them one row at a time until I was at the correct cable-crossing row. Then I worked the cable as I should have the first time around, using the yarn in back (be careful to use the appropriate strand of yarn or you’ll have a mess!).

After finishing the cabling I slipped those stitches back onto my cable needle and knit them with the next strand up of dropped yarn (x2) and finally knit across the rest of the row. A Couple of the stitches are a little distorted, but it worked and I saved so much time. It has me feeling all confident about my knitting.   Maybe on the next cable row I’ll try to cross them without the help of a cable needle…