This past weekend, I put the camera in SK's hands & begged him to take some pictures. I'm not sure how bloggers take sweater FO pictures in the summer. It was a little over 70 & I was itchy to rip it off. It didn't help that I had one child that had to be held & another one that buried himself in any open space I had available.
I really enjoyed this pattern. Lisa Llyod describes it as a "pert cardigan". That description & the shawl collar made me rip a project I had already started with some Cascade 220. Amanda was knit from the bottom in one piece to the sleeves. The sleeves were knit in the round & then attached later. It was really a very simple cardigan. I did run into some issues because the pattern was written almost too simply. By "simply" I mean with a lot of words to avoid confusion. For me, more words always lead to confusion. I think that Ava even said, "You're thinking about it too much." I wish Pattern Writers would be forced to attend a conference & agree on the proper wording for increase & decrease sections. Ah, you can't make everyone happy. I also got too confident when working the pattern. "I can knit this with my eyes shut!" When you do that the sleeves are attached to the inside of the sweater. I sat there for at least 15 minutes wondering why the stitch pattern wasn't lining up. Duh?
I've said it a number of times, I'm a cardigan whore. I like them to fit just right. A sweater can afford to be larger than necessary, but a cardigan should fit. When my cardigans are big, I feel sloppy. I've learned that I should knit them with a smaller amount of ease. While knitting this one I was so afraid that it was going to be too small. I had to trust my swatch and Cascade. I blocked it to fit 39/40 inch bust & it fits really well. I may have to switch out the buttons to a flat button. These tend to hang, but I love the English county side feel they give the sweater.
One sweater down. A ton of projects to go! I'm almost done with Tuck's Runaround & will start Gus' cardigan Runaround immediately. I must treat these sweaters like a pair of socks. I'd love to knit SK another pair of clogs for Christmas. Tuck needs a stocking & a hat. I've got baby gifts to knit. Cleite is still plugging along. And there's an adorable hat in the new VK Holiday edition. Goodness, my head is spinning. I need to knit.
On non-knitting news, we have a potty-trained kid! I haven't changed a size 6 diaper for almost a week. I love hearing, "Mom. I have to go potty." It just blissful. Now if I could just get Tuck to stop flipping on the changing table, I'd be a happy Momma. And Ava don't you dare tell me to let him fall off the table! Look how that helped Brother.