It's true. I don't just claim to knit. I actually do it. Today I present photographic evidence.
After I finished the never-ending sweater, I started my Cobblestone cardigan, using my handpainted BFL which I spun into a 2-ply DK/worsted weight.
I'm using Jared Flood's Cobblestone pullover pattern with some modifications, the two most obvious being I'm making it as a cardigan instead of a pullover, and I'm making it top-down. Cardigans are just more useful for me, and by doing it top-down it will be easier to get the sleeves the right length.
I added 6-stitch wide garter stitch panels along the front edges, and I'm working buttonholes into the right edge as I go. The safety pins are marking where the holes are, because they're so inconspicuous. Every 16th ridge I make another buttonhole.
I didn't worry about matching the gauge of the pattern. I just knit swatches until I found a fabric I liked. I ended up with 4.325 st/in instead of the 4.5 called for in the pattern. This actually worked to my advantage. The smallest size was 39½"; the next size was 43½". I actually wanted something in between the two. With my gauge I could use the instructions for the smallest size, and with the button band that would give me 42", which was perfect. That would give me 2" of ease, so it wouldn't be too snug, but it wouldn't be too loose either.
This yarn is perfect for this project. I can do long stretches of garter stitch or stockinette and not get at all bored with it because I can't wait to see how the colors are going to change and line up and stack and play with one another.
You know how sometimes you're working on a project and you just find yourself making little whimpering noises from the sheer beauty of it? I keep doing that.
Um, other people do that too, right?
So, while I've been working on the cardigan, I've also been working on socks, because I have to have my bus knitting. These are the current socks in progress.
It's funny because when I first dyed this yarn I was kind of disappointed with it and didn't think it would make good socks. I thought it would make a good vest though, so I started to make a mitered corner vest, with approximately 2" squares building on each other, and it was actually looking very good, but I got up to about 6 or 7 squares before I realized it was boring the hell out of me and if I were forced to finish it I would stab my eyes out. At that point I looked at it and wondered why on earth I had thought it wouldn't make good socks? So I frogged it and cast on for a sock and put the other two skeins for sale in the shop, and I think it's a totally cool sock and a half. I guess it was just temporary insanity before.
I set both the cardigan and the socks aside though when I realized it was freaking cold out, and I needed a hat, like, now. I was tired of having my hair look great in the morning, then wearing my hood outside so I didn't freeze to death, then having my hair look like crap when I took the hood off. So I decided to make a beret. Et voilà.
I just finished it this morning, so it's blocking on a dinner plate. (Does the yarn look familiar? I used the same sock yarn as the sock in progress at the top of the blog.) I started out making Kirsten Kapur's One Day Beret, but it didn't really fit like a beret on my head, maybe because my head is larger than average (there weren't very many decreases after the straight part for me). So I frogged back to the last of the increases, increased quite a bit more, did less of the straight bit, decreased a lot more, and then did the edging completely differently. I think I would probably start it differently if I were making another one too. I'll have to experiment with that. I'll see how it goes and then write up what I did.
Anyway, now that that's finished, it's still cold out, and I need to work on keeping my hands warm. Fortunately my friend Lynn is one of the nicest people ever! She sent me beautiful green yarn (a very Riin color!) and her "toe up" mitten pattern! How cool is that? Lynn, you're the greatest!
Ok, enough writing. I want to get back to knitting my mitten!