FO: Rosemont Cardigan

Let’s start the week off with a finished object, shall we? Here is my finished Rosemont Cardigan.
This pattern is from the Hannah Fettig, Home and Away Collection. From this collection I’ve knit a three colored Lesley sweater and the Boothbay cardigan that did not flatter my ample behind AT ALL. It is now the prized possession of my BFF Jessica. I love the patterns in this book and that she offers seamed and seamless versions of each pattern. I wanted Boothbay to be my ultimate cardigan and when that curved hem shape failed me I decided to one day knit Rosemont instead. I love a good shawl collar and with the straight edge hem I knew it wouldn’t sit up on my butt in a bad way. I was holding onto a significant quantity of Periwinkle Sheep Intent yarn in this soft and lovely Rose Quartz color. Honestly, Intent is one of my favorite yarns. I will admit though, the toughest part of this cardigan was all the stitches for that shawl collar. Goodness gracious, 300 stitches takes a bit of time to work out but I finished!
I know most people don’t think this is my typical color but I love a good blush shade. It’s almost like a neutral and it matches a ton of stuff already in my closet. Case in point, this cardigan goes perfectly with my Rose Gold Bryr clogs and I recently picked up one of their Clogs & Dogs tote bag supporting North Valley Animal Disaster Group, a North Valley organization that is on the ground, saving the lives of animals effected by the recent devastating California wild fires. I also added a 157 of Gemma embroidered patch of the dog Mochi to the tote. Mochi’s adventures are one of my favorite cartoons.
I’m also hoping this cardigan will be a part of our handmade holiday photos this year! I’ve got some lovely yarn for coordinating sweaters for the dogs and I’m almost finished with Kendell’s vest. I may have to alter it a bit from my original plan because the Remix yarn is lighter than I anticipated. But we shall see. So that’s what I was able to finish over my Thanksgiving break, what about you?


Cozy Choices

In the last week I’ve knit three baby sweaters. More on the sister sweaters but I want to get pics of them in their sweaters to share. Next up I want to whip up a quick bulky weight knit for one of my aunts. She’s 90 and had surgery and is recovering but I want to make something comforting for her. Her favorite color is green but she also wears a lot of grey and black, so I picked up 4 skeins of green and 4 skeins of grey Berroco Vintage Chunky thinking I’d use my new brioche knitting skills to whip up a quick lap blanket. But then I thought how about a bulky weight cardigan that she can throw on when people come to visit? Right now I’m considering this.
Selvedge Cardigan
The Selvedge Cardigan. It’s in my library in a magazine and it’s a bottom up, bulky weight knit. I figure I could do the ribbing in one color and maybe even color block the sleeves a bit? Or perhaps another Bermondsey? This would be the third I’ve knit.
Striped Bermondsey and me
It has that great coziness to it that might be nice for laying around the house. Thoughts? Suggestions?

FO: My First Custom Sweater

Custom gradient striped cardigan
I did it! I pushed my fears to the side and decided to make a custom cardigan for myself. I used the book Top Down Sweaters (I highly suggest buying it when Interweave has one of those 40% off sales), reviewed other patterns with elements that I liked and created a fitted cardigan.
Custom gradient striped cardigan
Is it perfect? Of course not but I’m pretty damn happy about it. Here are the details (also on the Ravelry project page):

Yarns used:
Cream yarn is Manos del Uruguay Gloria superwash (insanely soft)
Stripes are the SweetGeoriga Party of Five worsted weight superwash
Camel yarn on the button band and edgings is Rowan Superwash in Toffee
Buttons are really fun rainbow buttons I found at my local Joann’s
Needle size is 9 for the body and 8 for the ribbing
Custom striped cardigan
My problem area was the collar. I wanted to do a ribbed shawl collar but as much as I love short rows I am still horrible about picking up the wraps so I have so gapping. Plus, I can’t fold the collar over but the shape is still nice, even with the little gaps from my short rows. I could’ve pulled the collar out and redone it but I was okay with it as is. 
Custom striped cardigan
Overall, I’m pretty pleased. Plus the temps are dropping so I can actually wear this to work (I threw this on yesterday to take photos and then changed into another top). And this was less than 2 weeks of knitting. Those size 9 needles were moving! Now on to my next project and probably making a couple of versions of this for my sisters and my mom.