Wednesday, November 16, 2005

November Stashbuster: Check!

I completed a project! Yay! It seems like forever since I felt the joy of weaving in that last end. Here is my November Stashbuster project: the argyle cardigan from Debbie Bliss' Special Knits.

I knit is using 2 balls of blue and about 20 yards of navy Bernat Satin. The fabric is a little stiff because I had to use small needles to obtain the correct gauge, but hopefully it'll soften up when washed. I followed Debbie's instructions to the letter in knitting up the neckline even though they seemed strange to me and in the greatest Debbie Bliss tradition, it turned out perfectly! I don't know why I doubted her instructions, I've only had success knitting her beautiful baby patterns in the past.

I ended up duplicate stitching the argyle pattern using directions from the Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting and am so stoked with how it turned out. So simple and yet so convincing. Sure beats the intarsia method! Plus it can be an after thought add-on for those projects that look a little plain once completed.

(This reminds me, I came across a chart for a little aligator somewhere on the Internet but didn't book mark or print it and now I can't find it anywhere. If you've seen it too and remember where it's from, please let me know.)

And now, I can get started on all that Christmas knitting. I picked up a couple of balls of Lopi at my LYS this weekend and am working on the Vermir mitts from Lopi 24. They are essentially fingerless gloves with a mitten hood for the best of both worlds. If they work out, I'll be making lots of these for all the men on my Christmas list. A practical quick knit: it (might be) a good thing ;-)


P.S. Julian's bouncing along in the jumper and in the time that I wrote this post, he learned to make bubbles and is razzing away. His sleeper is completely soaked. He's just sooo cute!


  1. I love the sweater! :) I'm not even close to being done my Christmas knitting ... Ack!

  2. The sweater is beautiful! And Julian ia adorable. ;-) That is too funny that he learned how to make bubbles. Be prepared now. Boys never stop learning new ways to make noises and lots of times they somehow get dirty or soaked...hehe. I'm constantly amused watching mine (who are 7&8).

  3. Adorable--both the sweater and Julian ;) Great job, Anny!

  4. Hi! The Bernat Satin would make for a lovely textured Branching Out scarf! I say "Go for it!"

  5. Hi again! I'm knitting the Irish Hiking Scarf right now as well, and it's going a lot quicker for me than Branching Out did, buuuut, Branching Out is a really simple lace and is a quick knit if you don't get bored of it and set it down and not pick it up again for awhile like I did. I'd say, if you sit down and work on both of them they're probably around the same time frame for making them. Branching Out has less stitches per row than the Irish Hiking Scarf, so that might help make it quicker too. Hope this helps. :)

  6. Sweet sweater! The colors go so well together, and I like the buttons you chose, too.

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