The body is finished, for the most part. I used a crocheted steek to cut open the front and already sewed one side of it down. After I sew the other side of the steek down, I’ll add the rest of the seamen swirly bits in duplicate stitch before moving on to the sleeves, followed by the button bands, and the collar.

As you can see, it’s a fairly involved sweater as it’s taken me eighteen days to get this far. I appreciate the inquiries I’ve been receiving, but I’d like to clear up a few things, so I’m not constantly repeating myself about commissioned peen cardigans.

By the end of this, personal, cardigan, there will be about 120 hours of work in it along with about $100 in materials (yarn). I would not knit this for anyone looking to purchase it for under $1,000. It’s a lot of work and a lot of time. I’m sure you appreciate being paid a decent wage for your hard work and time as do I. Even at $1,000, I’d still be knitting for $7.50 an hour (then add in the $100 for yarn).

But to make things easier for those of you who really, really want to commission a peen cardigan, I’m going to work up the same pattern in a bulkier yarn. This will cut my hours in half, but the cost of yarn is pretty much the same. I’m going to start the sample of the bulkier version as soon as this one is finished (and no, I’m not selling the one I’m knitting right now, it’s mine). If you’re interested in commissioning the bulky peen cardigan, it’ll be in the $600 range and it’ll take me about 3-4 week to complete it. More updates soon since it’s almost finished!


UFO no more!!

The pieces of this sweater languished on my sewing table. First time was because I was terrified of steeking it. Then once, I got over that fear, there was the whole “oh great. Now I have to stitch black on black”. Excuses! Excuses!

Without a MN Fashion Week to prep for and some time on my hands I decided it was time for me to have one of my knits. I think it turned out pretty darn well. I had to completely redo the neck edge because the directions were awful (and badly designed), but now it fits like a dream.


I am participating in a Craft Olympics with some colleagues. The idea is to challenge yourself to complete a craft project in the time frame of the Olympics. We are not competing against each other, we are competing against ourselves.

So I picked a somewhat unreasonable project that is out of my reach and not terribly well planned-for and dove on in. I suspect I will lose in this competition with myself.

We have a group blog, but I think I have more to say than is appropriate to put in the group blog. I don’t want to monopolize the group blog, you know? I remember Stevie Nicks talking about being in Fleetwood Mac and having all these songs and only getting like, one, on each album. I’m not staying I’m Stevie Nicks, but in this instance maybe I am saying I’m Stevie Nicks.

In any case, my project is a zipped toddler sweater. The challenge: it will be steeked! Meaning it’s knit in the round and then you just cut that shit open and sew a zipper in. I really hate purling.

I was not totally satisfied with the patterns I found, so I’m heavily adapting one, and I decided to make up my own color pattern at the yoke because I thought the other one was fussy.

What you’re looking at above is the coffee cup coozie sample I made. It did not make me feel a lot more confident about the project.

Current challenges:

1. I do not know how to crochet, and I think I will want to do a crochet edge to further secure and finish the steeked edges.

2. I have not started knitting my actual project and the Olympics ends on the 23rd.

3. I am not very good at colorwork and my sweater design involves a two-color pattern around the yoke.


How to Prepare & Cut a Steek

Knuckles, Tails and Amy are now unavailable for questions! Here's Sticks!

"Okay, Sticks we’re going to look for our friends and while we’re out I need you to watch the house to make sure no one tries to get in. Got it?"

"Sure sure, but what if the incorrigible octopus king rises from the sea and eats our cheese? He’d be unstoppable!"

"What was that?"

"Oh, don’t mind that she’s just a little creative! We ready? Okay! Bye, Sticks! Make sure to feed Knuckles’ fish!"

"Amy get back here! Who did we just leave in charge of the house?!"

((Sticks the Badger is open for questions!!))

Classes in August!

Interested in learning new knitting skills? I have a few classes on at Ginger Twist Studio in August.

All the details can be found here (including booking information) on the GTS website.

On August 7th, 2014 is Steeking, An Intro to Crocheted Steeks

If the thought of taking a pair of scissors to your knitting fills you with dread? This one-off sessions will seek to calm your fears. During the…

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I cut the steeks on my Coda last night at S&B… Oh man, how I wish I could share video on IG! The gasps that happened when I made the first snip (and all the way through) were hilarious! I am totally searching for a beautiful fair isle pattern to knit/steek next! Cutting your knitting is soooooo liberating. Highly recommended! #knitnight #knitporn #sweaterknitting #steeks #woolpeoplecoda #woolpeople


Ik heb mezelf tot een bolletje opgekruld, te klein voor het grote bed, als een knikker in een schaal. Jij rolt tegen me aan en ik rol verder.
Maar het bed is geen schaal en ik zal eruit vallen. Ik zal te pletter slaan op het tapijt en we zullen er hard om lachen wanneer ik de dekens met me meesleur en vervolgens mijn hoofd erbovenuit steek, mijn haren in de war.
Maar we zijn geen knikkers. Jij bent niet hard. Je hebt armen die zich net op tijd om me heen vouwen, die me tegen je aan trekken. Het zijn je handen die mijn haren in de war doen. Het zijn je ogen die lachen wanneer je jouw gezicht half verbergt onder de dekens.
Het is niet logisch dat jij diegene bent die valt.

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