FO: Estelle Cardigan

Estelle Cardigan
Well, I finished her, here is Estelle! I am asked all the time why I love knitting and I usually say it’s a great stress reliever, it allows me to be creative, etc. But when I finished this sweater and was laying it out to take pictures I realized what I really love about knitting is making things for people I love.
Estelle Cardigan
My Auntie Helen is turning 90 and I’ve been very fortunate to have a great relationship with her over the years. She always, always makes me laugh and I see so much of myself (hello spunk) in her. Last year I randomly knit her a shawl and sent it to her and she called on my cell, which tickled me to no end, to tell me how much she loved it and how happy she was that I thought of her. And that’s what it’s all about…the thought and love that goes into it.
Estelle Cardigan
From the selection of my pattern and yarn to every tiny stitch, that was my effort, time and love being put into this sweater just for her. I always think of her but now I also know whenever she wears this she will think of me. I adore the yarn, Berroco Elements, and love the drape and sheen of the piece. I think this will be just lovely with her graying hair (at 90 she’s still not completely gray!) and it makes a simple cardigan even more special.
Estelle Cardigan
I just love all the little details and I hope she does as well. I can’t wait to give it to her next week! Isn’t that the best part of giving a knit gift? Seeing the recipient actually enjoy it what you made!

Speaking of gifts…it’s my birthday on Sunday and my husband is taking me (and the dog) away this evening. On Sunday we’re meeting with my sisters and friends for Sunday dinner to celebrate. This last year had some big highs (my first year as an adjunct professor, getting my 4th promotion in 4 years at work and becoming a Director) and some really low lows (losing my Dad). 36 kind of knocked me on my ass. I’m looking forward to putting 36 to rest and embracing the new year 37 will bring. I have hope that there will be more joy than sorrow this year and hopefully a year full of really good knitting.

Have a good weekend, friends!

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A Quick Note

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Why does Berroco keep discontinuing my favorite yarns? Oh Berroco Elements, you sure have helped me make a gorgeous cardigan for my Aunt.
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You know what this picture means? I finished Estelle! But I had to lightly block the collar and rushed out the door this morning so I don’t have any finished pics. So instead you get this silly picture of me trying the sweater on and taking a selfie with my selfie stick to show my Mom. With work, classes starting and life I haven’t had time to do much else but will post the full details on Friday! Have a happy Wednesday!

Knitting Stages

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I’ve made some good progress on Estelle but I realized I would have to essentially finish the body and sleeves, block it and THEN I pick up stitches and add the collar. I am not a fan of knits that require you to block it and then wait to start phase 2! I finished the sleeves on Sunday, blocked it and set it up to dry and as of this morning it appears to be dry! It’s not a heavy wool so at least it dried quickly. Hopefully this evening I can pick up the stitches for the collar and call this project complete! The yarn is just so beautiful, pictures don’t do it justice. I think my aunt will be so excited when I give it to her, I can’t wait to see her wearing it.
Rainbow Madigan
Since I finished off all that I could do for the time with Estelle, I decided to swatch and start on my next project…the Rainbow Madigan! This is my first time working with SweetGeorgia yarn and the superwash worsted is soft but still has nice structure to it. I think this is going to be such a fun layering piece for fall into winter! I cannot knit this thing fast enough. Plus I always get super excited when I get to change colors in a project. It’s probably why most of my knits are colorblocked.
Swatches
After finally feeling like we were over the sickness that has plagued our house for the last two weeks, we used this weekend to run errands and to work on a few projects around the house. I’m fortunate that I have a home office/workshop space where I store all my yarn (it’s the lovely yarn wall backdrop for most of my pictures on Ravelry). The wall opposite of the yarn wall was blank and I wanted to do something fun. I’m a collector of Swatch Watches and when I was younger I was all about the Pop Swatch. I don’t wear Pop Swatches anymore (I do wear my other Swatches on a daily basis) but I still love them, cherish them and remember when and why I got each one – so I decided to display them.
Office update
I also have a giant Swatch Watch wall clock that hasn’t been on the wall for a while and I thought it would be a lovely addition to my wall of watches. Now I feel like my little office/workshop is complete and it makes me so happy.

So did you have a good weekend? Finish any projects? Do anything special?