Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Hurrah, I've finished my Billie cardigan. I was so happy to have this one done because I really could use a warm thing this time of year. This project wasn't at all difficult but it did take me a while, what with the break in December to knit Christmas gifts, and it used up about 1,800 yards of yarn, which is almost two sweaters for me! Well worth it, though. It's so comfy and cozy I never want to take it off.
After seeing these photos, I went back and steamed the edging a bit more so it doesn't curl under so much. It's a 3-stitch garter edge so it will always fold under some, but now it lies flatter and nicer. (Funny how you don't see things until you take a picture of them.) And now I have a reason to go back to Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. They have a good selection of pins that I can use for a closure on this--although I like it just fine without a pin, too. They suggested I bring it in when I'm finished and try different ones--no problem, I can do that!
Now I'm in sort of a knitting limbo. Do I start my second sweater of the six I said I'd knit this year? Go back to an old WIP or start something new? Knit something other than a sweater? Like most knitters, I have a few WIPs, five to be exact. One of them is my Terra shawl, and another is the Peerie Flooers hat. I have been putting in a few rows on the shawl, without really committing to knit on it and nothing else (altho' that's usually how I finish things). As for the hat, I've made more progress than this photo shows and am just ready to begin the crown decreases, which looked difficult but are probably straightforward.
The new project I'm tempted to start is the Rams and Yowes blanket I spoke of before. I received a package from the UK with all the wool I need--well, almost all, since I didn't see I needed a second ball of Yuglet, but I'll sort that out later.
But I think I'll hold off starting it until I've finished some of these other things. In the meantime, I can read through the pattern to get it all straight before I begin. Looks like a fun one!