Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ribbed cardi done

I am always astonished that it can feel like you work on something forever and you still have miles to go. Then one day, all of a sudden, without warning, you're done! Such was the case with the ribbed cardi I cast off last night.

The sleeves are wayyyyy too long. I foolishly made them longer thinking that would be a good idea. Not such a good idea. Laugh. I may chop the ends off. I'm still giving this some thought.

I'm also not 100% sold on the wide collar but it's growing on me.

I can say that I loved the Sidar Eco wool dk the sweater is made out of. I'd describe it as a loosely spun single. A little splitty, but not too bad. Nice and warm, pretty soft for wool. Good stuff!

So what do you guys think? Shorten the sleeves? Narrow the collar?

Regardless...Yeah!... one more project down.

Ribbed Jacket with Collar
Sidar Eco woll dk book (336 Code c)
12 balls Sidar Eco wool dk (100% undyed virgin wool)
US 6 circulars
Cast on about October 27, 2008
Finished December 19, 2008

Modifications: Recalculated the pattern given that I got very different gauge than the pattern suggested. Extended the sleeves longer than recommended by the pattern.

Ravelry details here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A new day

This morning broke clear, blue-skyed, cold, and beautiful.

I love it when you can see snow blowing around on the mountain top, snug from inside a snow-free home.

Life is good -- despite my momentary melt down yesterday.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It must be a monday

  • It's raining giant bucketfulls of cats and dogs today (yes, I live in Southern California where it never rains.
  • I needed to go into the office early today to do a make-up exam (my oral exam for Spanish that I've already missed twice!)
  • Today was the day my car battery decided to give up the ghost so I couldn't get into work
  • Depite the fact that I'm wearing a turtleneck, a sweater, a jacket, a scarf (handmade alpaca of course), and boots, I can not get my feet warm.

But have no fear, all is not lost.
  • It only took AAA 20 minutes to come out and jump start my car
  • I only spent an hour at the repair shop getting the battery replace (and oh yeah... did I realize that one of my brake lights was also dead and did I want to have that fixed too?)
  • I still get to take my written final exam in Spanish in an hour
  • The rain has finally gone down to "light"
  • We have no mud to slide in my neighborhood and all that snow that I can see up on the mountains won't get down to us here in the valley
Some days you know it must be Monday.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Long lost blogger

Yep... I'm still here. Long time no post. =]

Life goes on ... work is busy. I'm so looking forward to time off at the holidays. Knitting has happened, in limited spurts.

My ribbed cardi is coming along. I finally cast off the collar last night (after the photo was taken). Now there's just the rest of the endless body to go. I get tired of sweaters before they're done. It's inevitable ... I can take a break or I can just push though... but I just get bored.

I'm going to like this one when it's done though so I'm knit, knit, knit, purl, purl, purling away. =]

In honor of our upcoming holidays I also managed to put up a few lights.

I believe strongly in celebrating the winter solstice and can't wait for the days to start getting longer again.

Hope everyone is doing well and having more free time for fun than me. I'll try to update you again soon.