6 Knit For Me

Good afternoon. Remember all that progress on Shapely Boyfriend, Take II? Well, this past weekend I let the frogs come have a meal. 

When I separated for the sleeves, I took a good look at the fabric. I was hopeful but knew instinctively, it wasn’t gonna fit. I even tried it on and oh boy, what a laugh. Yeah, I would have maybe fit it two decades ago. The youngest didn’t want it. I had her sister try it on and it fit! However, she wasn’t interested in it either. So…

I spent Sunday after brunch on Ravelry. I looked at what kinds of projects were made in Miss Babs Yowza. I even searched for cardigan patterns designed for DK weight and also for sport weight yarn. This pattern was a big contender: Anne’s Sweater. I had loved the Canadian movies of the Anne of Green Gables series. To get this pattern though, I would have had to buy the pattern bundle but I’m only interested in the cardigan. Maybe another day.

Then this pattern caught my eye: Ramona Light by Elizabeth Smith. It’s designed for sport weight yarn but this yarn will work as the gauge is 5.75 stitches per inch. This garment won’t be as long as I would like it to be (meaning it won’t cover the caboose), but that’s okay. I’m thinkin’ maybe I’ll knit the sleeves first as I only want 3/4 sleeves anyways. Then I can use up the rest of the yarn for the body. I weighed my two cakes and have 1,260 yards to knit with.

On a good note, the Bay Area is having a warm spell. I wanted to take advantage of it for two reasons:

  1. The picture above is the swatch for Ramona. I had frogged the flatly knitted swatch for Shapely Boyfriend last night and reknitted it on a US 6 (4 mm) needle. I had it soak overnight in Eucalan to smooth out the yarn. I pinned it down this morning and put it outside to dry. I’ll be measuring its gauge after this posting.
  2. So this garment below would dry as soon as possible:

Isn’t it a beauty?! I Google’d “how to block a sweater.” I clicked on the first web page that shows up in the list and was like, that looks like my sweater! And then doh! Hello, it’s Tin Can Knits; they’re the designer of this sweater pattern I had knitted – Flax.

I used eight blocking wires:

  • 2 for the left sleeve
  • 2 for the right sleeve
  • 1 for the left side of the body
  • 1 for the right side of the body
  • 1 for the front, split hem
  • 1 for the back, split hem

You can see everything is pinned down, even the collar all around. For a closer look, click on the collage and a gallery will come up so you can look at each photo individually. You’ll see bits of our neighbor’s tree on my jumper; I had this out in the backyard for a few hours today before taking any pictures this afternoon. It’s windy today as well as warm. My sweater is mostly dry but a tiny bit damp on the backside. I’m going to let this sit overnight and then it should dry.

Tomorrow I’m going to block my finished socks as it’ll be high 70’s. How’re you taking advantage of the weather in your town?

Well, off the measure and check on dinner. I have corned beef from last night steaming on the stove and potatoes and vegetables roasting in the oven. What’s going to be on your dinner table tonight? Thanks for poppin’ in today. TTYS!

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Dinner sounds pretty great.
    We had a some beef and broccoli tossed up in teriyaki sauce.

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  2. I love the vivid green…lol on the sizing issue. Do you know I’ve never had corned beef?

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  3. beautiful sweater!! love the raglan shaping and the sleeve stitch details 🙂

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  4. There is a lot more to knitting, than just the “knitting” itself!!!!!!!! But that’s part of the fun for you knitters. 🙂

    No particular dinner here tonight. Wed. is my husband’s Rotary Lunch Meeting, so that’s his early dinner. And I just pick up whatever I want, which is cool. ,-)

    Hope your nice weather has continued.

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  5. Renee Anne says:

    I’m trying not to kvetch about how frickin’ hot it is here (yes, I know I live just across the Bay but where I’m from, it hits 70F and air conditioners come on all summer long)….I don’t *do* heat. Lots of water. But, the windows are open, which has helped with the stink in the house.

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  6. The Ramona light cardigan you’ve chosen will look very nice with your Miss bab’s yarn (I love your yarn color so-o much!). And that green Flax is so professionally done, incl. the blocking, great job!

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  7. autumngeisha says:

    I have the book with the Anne’s Sweater pattern and would be happy to mail it to you when I get back from Vietnam. It’s such a cute cardigan pattern but so is the Ramona Light. Just let me know 🙂 That is some awesome blocking going on! The wires make it so much easier.

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  8. Patty Magyar says:

    But once you do all that to your lovely green sweater…will it fit? Or are you taking it apart?

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  9. Rain Frances says:

    I think the sweater is lovely! Great job! The Ramona Light pattern is very pretty too. Aaah. you’ve got the corned beef going! 🙂 I’m not sure what is for dinner…I might make Easter dinner tonight and have pizza tomorrow. Jack is doing a lot better, I’ll blog about that tomorrow, but knowing he’s not suffering as much anymore is really giving me more energy and joy! Happy Easter Stefanie 🙂

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  10. the bookworm says:

    It is looking gorgeous , I love the green. And blocking makes all the difference.

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  11. And says:

    Your Flax looks amazing. Sorry that your other sweater took a trip to the frog pond- but isn’t it wonderful that we can just frog it and make something new?

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  12. Hey Stef! Sorry I’ve been so absent lately but I’ve been recovering from all the things. I hope that I’m back on track health wise though. Sorry you had to abandon the Shapely Boyfriend! Wasn’t that the yarn that had already been around a few times???

    Hope you’re having a great week!

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  13. You did a fantastic JOB blocking and KNITTING . Great job My friend

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