Focus!

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Anyone who has visited my blog will notice that it now looks a bit different, with a new title, too! I think I needed to refocus just a bit on my blog. While knitting is my main passion, I love crafting of all kinds. And lately I have been doing much more non-knitting crafting that I would love to show off. So, since I can do what I want with my blog (LOL!) I decided to refocus a bit and concentrate on crafting in general. So, expect to see more knitting stories, FOs and WIPs, but also expect some sewing, some jewelry making, or whatever else may strike my fancy at the time!

I also need to focus on getting knitting done for Christmas! It was bound to happen, really. I have been knitting for Christmas for months now. I am making progress, which is great. But I am just beginning to get burned out a bit. And the other day, somehow I managed to start link-surfing. You know – click a link on a page, then follow another link to another page and so on and so forth. Wow, the things I found! I was enthralled with the hundreds of incredible ideas for Christmas ornaments and decorations. I have been inspired to create a new garland for our mantel and ornaments for our tree. I went out the other day and bought felt and embroidery thread and some pretty fabric, all with the sole purpose of making holiday decorations! And yes, I will be documenting those as they are done!

So, stay tuned. I have lots to talk about!

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It’s Finally Finished!

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It’s done! It’s done! It’s finally done!The Susie Cardigan from More Big Giirl Knits is finally finished and wearable! I was able to cast off Tuesday, I think, and got it washed and blocked Wednesday. I wore it Tuesday unwashed, but now that it is washed it is a bit softer and easier wearing.

This is only my second adult-sized garment and the first of this magnitude. This sweater is HUGE! It is long with long sleeves and a huge hood. Plus, I made it in the 2X size! But it is surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. I can wear it on days that are cool instead of a jacket and I won’t worry about getting cold.

I really enjoyed knitting this cardigan. It would have been mind-numbing to knit all that stockinette in the body of the sweater had I not had the shaping, bias rows and cables to knit along with it. There was always something different going on so you had to pay attention. In the end, I made a simple chart for myself with each row numbered according to the corresponfing cable row and marked on each one what special thing I needed to do. I was able to cross off rows as I went, so I never worried about losing my place. The cable was fun and interesting and I am much better on cabling now than when I started, although I never did get the hang of cabling without a needle.

I definitely think this sweater will see a lot of wear in the future!

Pattern: Susie Cardigan from More Big Girl Knits
Yarn: 2/4 Highland Tweed from Webs in Canary
Needles: Size 6 – beginning on Boye Interchangeable then switched to Knitpicks Options around arm area.
Date started: 4/24/08
Date finished: 10/26/08

Excuse the weird expression! I think DH caught me talking!

The sweater is long in back – almost to my knees and I am 5’8″.