Whoops, it’s been a while since I last blogged. I have no excuse other than being terribly lazy.

Here’s my new favorite summer cardigan. I’m completely in love with how this turned out!

Circular yokes look lovely but often have some fit issues (unless short rows are used). But this pattern fits just perfectly and no short rows are needed. The pattern is a bit pricey – $7 for a cardigan that’s mostly stockinette – but totally worth it. Highly recommended!

WIP Wednesday: It's Easy Being Green

Look, I’ve cast on a new cardigan!

It’s Lush by tincanknits, knit in perfect-for-summer DROPS Cotton Merino. I’m in love with this project – it’s all I want to work on despite the numerous projects on my needles.

Can’t wait to finish it!


Number 3 is off the needles!

I’ve been in denial about it ever since I tried the cardigan on the first time: it’s going to have to undergo some sweater surgery at some point. :( I added a bit of length to the body when knitting – which was a mistake. The cardigan is too long and doesn’t fit comfortably around my hips. Too bad the pattern is bottom-up, otherwise it would be an easy fix. Another mistake is the collar: it’s bound off too loosely and needs to be ripped out. Sigh.

Incidentally, I was reading Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice while this project was on the needles. The crest of the royal family in the book (or ‘sigil’ in Game of Thrones speak) is an antlered buck. And, on the map of the realm (the sign of a good fantasy book), there was a small island called Antler Island. Serendipitous.

For all levels, but beginners especially:

Tin Can Knits (http://www.tincanknits.com/) rocks for so many reasons. Here’s an extra special one. They have an entire collection of patterns available for FREE designed especially to walk the new knitter from first scarf to first sweater! It is The Simple Collection: Learn to Knit with Alexa and Emily: http://www.tincanknits.com/thesimplecollection.html.

Here’s the Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/the-simple-collection

I mentioned this collection in a recent blog post dedicated to showcasing some of my favorite corners of the digital crafting village. Check it out to see other places of interest for yarny folks: http://thismountainside.blogspot.com/2014/11/showcase-november-2014.html