New Knitting Project

This year I’ve decided I need to have fewer projects on the go so that I can focus more on what I am doing, get projects finished more quickly and reduce the risk of ending up with more UFOs.

On the knitting front, apart from working on my UFO socks, I’ve been diligently faithful to my Heartfelt Cardigan for some time now.

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However when I realised I didn’t have a scarf to go with my red sweater, I decided I HAD to have one. I visited Raverly and chose the Jeweled Cowl pattern, the Woolly Beader for some yarn, and Ebay for some beads. So now I’m ready…

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The plan is to knit the boring bits in the car on very windy roads and other places where I need low concentration, and add the beads when I’m watching TV. The rest of my knitting time will be spent working on my Heartfelt cardigan.

This project also fits perfectly in my new project bag – which is probably reason enough to start a new project anyway 🙂

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So I’ve added to my projects, but hopefully this won’t reduce my focus. Not counting UFos – which I’m gradually chipping away at – I’ve currently got just just four ‘live projects’ on the go – two quilts plus these two knitting projects. Which is pretty good for me.

How many projects have you got on the go at the moment?

Until next time,

Bekki

 

 

Knitting catch up

I realise I haven’t mentioned knitting in quite a while. Last time I showed you, I’d finished the back and knitted this much of a sleeve of my Heartfelt cardigan.

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Normally I knit two sleeves together, but for practical reasons I’m not on this one. This prompted me to ask if other people knitted both sleeves together. I was amazed from the comments how many different orders a sweater/cardigan can be knitted in. More amazingly everyone had perfectly good and logical reasons why they did things in their  order.

This made me ask if I’d be happier knitting a cardigan/sweater in a different order. I came up with a resounding NO, particularly, because I now realise I also like to knit the front(s) last, because they’re the most interesting and quickest bit – which is just how I eat a meal; from least favourite food to the most favourite!

Anyway, I’ll shut up now and show you I’ve now finished both sleeves.

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Hurrah!

Until next time,

Bekki x

Cable Catch Up

The great thing about going on a road trip is having lots of time to knit in the passenger seat. I did so well on my Heartfelt Cardigan last week, I decided it was time for a catch up post to show you my progress.

Two weeks ago I’d done this much of the back…

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The back is now finished…

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And I’ve done half a sleeve.

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I usually knit both sleeves together, but didn’t because I’m knitting from a cone and didn’t want to mess about winding wool off.

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When I knit a sweater or cardigan I like to knit both sleeves together after the back and before the front(s), because I think it leaves the easy more exciting bit i.e. the front(s)  to the end. Knitting both at once ensures both sleeves are the same and makes it feel as if the knitting goes quicker, so I think knitting one at a time will make it feel as if it’s taking longer.

What order do you knit a sweater/cardigan? And why do you do it that way?

Until next time,

Bekki x

Heartfelt Revisited

Nearly two years ago – Yes! Nearly two whole years ago – I finished my Heartfelt Cardigan. I’d designed it to replace my incredibly old and dilapidated cream Aran cardigan that I wore practically all the time around the house.

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I knitted my new cardigan in grey to make it wearable with pretty much everything in my wardrobe, given I wear a lot of blue…

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…but somehow, although I love it, although I wear it, it doesn’t get the wear the cream one got. In fact I still wear the cream one occasionally, even thought it’s so manky.

When I finished my tuck stitch sweater a couple of weeks ago I started looking for a new  knitting project.

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I looked at loads of patterns and finally decided I’d knit Heartfelt in cream and when it’s finished I really will through my old cream cardigan in the bin. Decision made that only left the problem that I never finished writing up the pattern – have you forgiven me for that yet Lynn? So I took out my tape measure and notepad and started measuring and counting.

I’ve started the back, and this time I’m going to write the pattern up properly as I go along!

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Until next time,

Bekki x

 

New Year, New project

Having felt too unwell to knit over Christmas, I finally picked my needles up again on Friday. Whilst I did technically start this project in November, swatching and knitting the back edging, I left it there since:

  1. I needed to finish Lovely Husband’s Christmas sweater.
  2. Lovely Husband’s Christmas sweater was on the needles I wanted to use.

I also admit, that although I’d been planning it a while, I couldn’t get much enthusiasm for it. However, I’ve been fully enthused since Friday and this is how far I’ve got…

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