All cables, all the time

erin cardigan 2_5_15

Now that a couple of test knitting projects have been completed, I can get back to blogging and I can get back to the pile of cabled goodness that sits in my knitting basket. Up top is the Erin Cardigan from Kate Gagnon Osborn. I’ve been knitting this thing off and on for a while now and I’m not bored at all. I mat be transitioning from a product knitter to a process knitter. There’s something about the pattern that’s so intuitive and fluid, and the Mountain Meadow Wool Cody I’m using to knit it is simply amazing. It’s not too stiff, but it’s a yarn with body and character. It’s yarn with a capital “Y” as Kate would say. Even though I’m not using the called-for Savannah, I wouldn’t be surprised if I knit one in that yarn later on down the line, and I rarely knit the same thing twice.

 

Woodsmoke is an amazing color, but the Pink Grapefruit is more up my bright, eye-popping alley.

The next thing I’ll finish is most likely going to be Matt’s Timberline sweater. The Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Worsted is officially my go-to worsted weight yarn. Cascade 220 has a soft spot in the hearts of a lot of knitters, but it’s not that great when it comes to wear for me. It pills and starts to look a bit shabby too soon after finishing the project.

timberline collar

ANYWAY, the sweater. Leave it to me to get the cables memorized once I’ve finished the sleeves, fronts, and half the back. The cold weather in Philly and Kirsten’s progress on her Timberline has been prompting me to finish it. The encouraging hearts on Instagram make me wonder why I don’t join more knitalongs. The whole point of a KAL is that you’ll be more likely to finish a project if someone else is knitting it. Maybe I should make it a point to be more social with my knitting; join some KALs, maybe start a KAL, and just enjoy the process with friends a lot more.

A feature of this sweater that I almost forgot to mention is the button band. Nearly every cardigan I’ve knit has the button bands picked up and knit after you finish everything else. This is the second time in 10 years (when I started knitting again) that I’ve knit the band in order to seam it on later. It gives a clean finish to the edges and I love it. Maybe I should incorporate that in my next cardigan.

Speaking of next cardigans, I got more of the Shepherd Wool yarn, but this time I got the Fine. Deb offers great customer service and the yarn comes very quickly! I just knit up and washed a swatch and am getting 7.5 stitches and 9.5 rows on US2 in Stockinette.

shepherd fine swatch

(For the love of God, people, SWATCH. “Swatches lie!” Or…..or maybe you didn’t knit a big enough swatch and now your kid’s sweater is a POANG cozy.) So, now that I have an idea of what I’m getting, I can proceed with my great maniacal desire to knit a fingering-weight cabled cardigan. Einstein is credited as saying, “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” Alright, Al, let’s do this!

P.S.: Click here to see what books & magazine back issues I have for sale! Each issue is $4, the books are $7, and I offer free shipping to the US & Canada.

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School’s in session

School started for me this past Monday. So far, it’s going pretty well. Since so many people of varying computer proficiency and experience are taking online classes, the first course for anyone taking online courses is one to get the student acclimated to taking classes and utilizing the interface. We use Blackboard, which is pretty much the standard for online courses, and there’s a whole YouTube support channel, so it’s a piece of cake to get help if you need it.

There’s been a ton of icebreaker assignments and discussion questions. Our first unit’s discussion questions went from asking us about our major and our motivation for taking classes and jumped to asking us which movie/book/tv show we’d recommend and why. I accepted that context better than the job interview I once had, a group interview, that asked me what CD I would bring with me to a deserted island and why. This wasn’t for a job at a music store by the way. Funnily enough, I said “mix CD” for my answer and I was told that it wasn’t an acceptable answer.

A job interviewer thought it was professional enough to ask me to name a CD to take to an island, and had standards for what answers were god enough.

I didn’t take that job in case you were wondering.

I also finished up some secret test knitting and now we’re back to the regularly-scheduled program of “Jen knits everything in sight”.

I’m still plugging away at the back of my Erin cardigan in the Mountain Meadow Cody for the Fringe and Friends Knitalong. It’s listed as a DK, but could also function as a light worsted. These cables are so squishy and I can’t wait to wear it. The pattern is one that gets you into a groove once you get started, so it’s better for TV knitting than it looks. That is, unless I’m watching The Walking Dead. That show would have me knitting worsted weight at 10 stitches to the inch. Just when they’ve gotten out of the 8th frying pan, the group finds themselves in the fire. I guess I shouldn’t use those terms given what’s happened in the last season.

Purging has continued, but I haven’t found new homes for as many books/magazines as I would have liked. K has some new books to enjoy (her reaction at seeing In The Garden of Beasts in the box I gave to her, “Ooh, Nazis!”), but I’m putting some on my Amazon page, also. If you’re interested in any of them or know someone who might be, check them out. Whatever doesn’t sell will just get donated to the thrift store, and my yarn will go to Interim House. Check out their website and click the link that takes you to the Knitting Ladies’ page. Any knitters who have yarn to destash/donate might consider donating to them!

Books (and a camera!) for sale

I’ve still got some secret knitting that I can’t photograph or blog about, even though I want to elaborate. I can say that I’m enjoying what I’m knitting. I also can’t wait to get back to my Erin cardigan for the #fringeandfriendsknitalong.

You can read about the details here and it’s still not too late to join up if you want. There’s no deadline for the actual knitting, but you can be part of the contest and read posts from a great panel of experts until the end of October.

I also recently moved our bookshelf and cleared off my desk.

This is after I moved the bookcase out of the corner where it stood vertically, and before I put the books back on the shelves. It’s still a mess, but I’m getting ready for school. October 20th is closing in and I can’t wait! With that said, I have some books and a camera to get rid of. Check out what I’ve got here!

Off I go to do more secret knitting and the Sisyphean task of picking Cheerios off the carpet.