Shortly after completing our first KAL, Amy, Laura, and I started planning our second. We all wanted to knit another cardigan, and quickly settled on the fabulous Kerrera by Gudrun Johnston. I’ve been drooling over this pattern for a while, and I couldn’t wait to cast on. First, however, I had to find the right yarn.
I’ve been destashing pretty heavily due to a new crochet project, and so I didn’t feel too badly buying a sweater’s worth of Beaverslide worsted in the gorgeous blue colorway Delphinium. Seriously, this is the color I wanted for my wedding dress, but I’ll settle for a bright blue, hooded cardigan. I cast on February 1st, quickly ripped out and went down a sweater size, and re-cast on. I finished the double garter stitch just before taking this photo, and I haven’t touched the sweater since. You see, kids, double garter stitch is a jerk. It looks beautiful, but is a royal pain to knit, and somewhere along the line (the loooooooong line, since this stitch takes forever), I screwed up. I then tried to fix it, and screwed it up even more. This means that I’ll have to rip back and do the entire thing again, since I’m having a really hard time reading the stitch, and that makes me grouchy. So, I’ve been working on other things.
Like my giant, stash-busting granny square. It’s now lap blanket sized and I’ve run out of some of the colors, but I’m not letting that stop me. I’ve got a lot more purple than anything else, so as I run out I replace that stripe with purple. The resulting blanket will be, undoubtedly, quite ugly, but I think that’ll be part of its charm.
I’ve also been working on a new design project that’s been taking up a lot of my knitting time, but I can’t post about that here. It’s a birthday present for my fabulous mom, and she’s requested I don’t post any photos (even though she had to measure her hands so I could custom fit her gift, so it’s not exactly a surprise what she’s getting. Very cute.). Don’t worry, Mom! The present is coming along and I’m doing my best to ensure you get a perfect fit.
And finally, today I’ve been doing a little bit of spinning in between reading/laundry/grading. I bought this gorgeous, brown and aqua, merino/silk blend almost two years ago from Sandy’s Palette at the MI Fiber Festival, and I’ve been saving it until I get “really good” at spinning. Last night, while watching the opening ceremonies, I up and realized how silly that is. Do I honestly think I’ll eventually be the “perfect” spinner? If I save this fiber until I meet my own, ridiculous expectations, I’ll never use it. So, I’ve started spinning it and am just doing my best to enjoy the experience. My goal is for a lace or light fingering weight two-ply, and so far I think it’s coming along rather well.
Thanks for all of your lovely comments on my last post! I will be writing up a pattern over the next few weeks, and I’ll definitely take my volunteers up on test-knitting. You guys rock, as always!