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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year or whatever you celebrate at your house (Festivus anyone?) We had a nice, quiet Christmas and never quite made it out of pajamas all day, which is always a good thing. I'm glad that the Christmas season is over since I never really got into the spirit of it this year and I'm REALLY glad to see 2007 go. There were some good moments, but overall it was not a good year.


On the knitting front, I finished the red cardi on Christmas Eve. You'll just have to trust me that it looks cute on because no one is around who can take a picture of it right now and Finn can't work the camera. Ramius does think it makes a lovely blanket though.

All the details: Here is the pattern (free!), but I made some changes. I used a different yarn (Elann's Peruvian Quechua in Exotic Red - an Alpaca/Tencel blend) and it curled like crazy so I added hems to the lower edge and sleeves and worked the body in the round to the underarms. I also took out the flared cuff on the sleeve as the pattern has it and made the sleeve a classic tapered shape - it worked better with the hem. I made the size Small and used pretty much all of 8 balls of the yarn. It's just a simple little cardi and perfect to toss on over jeans and a tee. I think I'll be able to wear this until it falls apart on me!

Tomorrow - what did I start on December 23 while I was waiting for the cardi to block?



Blogger Marlyn said...

Ooooo, what a gorgeous colour!! I'd love to see a pic of you wearing it, when you get a chance.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous denise said...

Stunningly beautiful. It projects a very strong, upbeat quality. Love it!

11:38 AM  
Blogger Clumsy Knitter said...

Oh my gosh, that is so cute! LOVE the color!

3:36 PM  
Blogger LizzieK8 said...

Oh, lovely! I love red!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie,

Your sweater is beautiful.

All I can say is yours looks wayyyy better than the one on Garn Studio. About the only thing that is the same is the V-neck...

Your's might have been originally inspired by theirs but the red one is most definitely and beautifully yours.

I wish I could knit like that.


10:46 PM  

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