Effervescence Cardigan


I reckon it’s about time to show off a finished object.  There have been so few!

I began the Effervescence Cardigan by Olga Buraya-Kefelian some time ago.  Months? Years?  I have no idea. 

The yarn is a beautiful sport weight merino by Kettle Yarn Co. If I remember correctly, it was a bribe of some sort…

It is not a difficult knit, but while finding the time to knit someone else’s design gets harder and harder, it’s so worth it!  All that lovely knitting without thinking about a pattern to be written up is so nice.

The body knit up relatively quickly. I find this is often the case—the largest part of the project is finished and then I see something shiny and I’m off.

Months later, I realise it would take just a few minutes to put on the sleeves, but then I have to sort the button band…. This process can go on for years!  I don’t think it lasted quite that long this time.  However long it took, I finally have a new cardigan and am pleased with it.

I tried a new technique with the button band that I haven’t quite decided on.  It may be a great idea that I didn’t execute well, or an idea that is difficult to do well, and there are just better ways.

This was it: I picked up and knit the band as per instruction, then pinned a stabilizing grosgrain ribbon to the inside and marked the button holes.

Then I removed the ribbon, machine-sewed the holes and sewed it back into the knit-band. First with machine,

and when that went slightly awry, by hand…

This produced the result I was after—a stablized band that doesn’t buckle when I wear it buttoned up.  However, the holes on sewn and knit band only mostly match up.  There are definitely deviations, which aren’t particularly noticeable, but do make for a fun little challenge when trying to button it up while wearing it.


-Knit the band without holes, and sew the grosgrain and knit at the same time.

-Do it the way I did, but making sure the button holes all matched up more carefully.

-Divide the grosgrain in half lengthwise, and sew it either side of the knit-in buttonholes.

-Dispense with grosgrain altogether and knit a double thickness band.

-Something else altogether…… What do you do?  What are your recommendations for the non-bucking, stay-straight button band?? Dear reader-please share your advice!

Happy knitting,


Aranami shawl in greens (full size) on Flickr.

I knew the moment I saw Olga post this shawl that I wanted to knit it. I love the color waves, the modularity, and, of course, the name: Aranami. Olga and I have been friends for a long time, and this is the first design of hers I’ve had the availability to knit (though I love them all). Her design aesthetic is so clean and modern, and very Japanese, all things which I hold dear to my heart.

I loved knitting all the little triangles of this shawl and seeing them turn into waves upon blocking. I loved that I could pick up the shawl at any time and just work on a piece of it, not having to worry about where I was in the pattern. Each time a section was finished I had a deep sense of satisfaction.

I will definitely be knitting another of these in a different yarn! I can’t wait to find a new yarn to squeeze and colors to audition. This pattern is back in the queue!

That rather inelegant strip of knitting that was in my mouth yesterday has today become a rather more elegant belt! I adapted it from a very clever and also free pattern.

Once I get a button on this baby it will be my first finished object knit completely from my own hand spun yarn, and I think it’s charming. Now I just need to lose a little weight so I can wear the thing.


I made this Moko-Moko cowl last summer and it’s finally been cold enough to wear it. The pattern is by the wonderful Olga Buraya-Kefelian who blogs as “olgajazzy”. I love her designs! I feel so ludique (playful) in this cowl and the little cabbages also love it. And although “moko-moko” apparently means “fluffy” in Japanese, we have christened this cowl “Muppet macaroni and cheese”, due to the noodle like shape of the curls and the generally goofy feel of the whole thing. Tee-hee! I’m wearing it above (that’s me in the glasses!) and little cabbage the elder wanted to model it too. I am happy to have a sunny cowl in a grey Paris autumn and to have a cowl like no one else’s.