Here we go

My first ever blog post.  I’ve been considering starting a blog for some time now I just couldn’t decide what to blog about.  I’m interested in knitting, caring for plants (especially orchids) and cooking.  I just couldn’t decide what to do, but finally I’ve chosen to blog about my knitting.

I’m bad about not finishing projects and I figure blogging about my projects is a great way to push myself to finish them.  So, here I am.  Currently I’m working on a cardigan for myself that I started about a year ago and a blanket for my mom if I can just fine the rest of the yarn for it that I misplaced at some point.  I hope to get my first “real” post up by sometime next week with pictures of my current projects.  I would do it today, but I’m currently in Seville, Spain finishing my last week of studying abroad.  Its been a great semester and I’ve met some amazing people, but sadly I failed to bring either of my knitting projects with me thinking I wouldn’t have time for them… I learned I will always have time for knitting.  I’ve wanted to work on my sweater nearly every day since getting here, but oh well.

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I really liked the loose cozy fit of the sweater when I found the pattern online.

I am using the Barroco Aidez pattern to knit my cardigan. This is the link to the pattern on their site: http://www.berroco.com/patterns/aidez  .  I’ve liked the pattern a lot so far, but I think I may take it out and knit it in the round so that I do not have to seam it later.  I already have the back and one side knitted, but I

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My favorite part of the sweater is the lattice on the back.

think taking it out and starting over would be worth it and that the sweater will look better when it’s finished.  I got the idea when I saw an old post from the blog knot another hat (http://knotanotherhat.typepad.com/knot_another_hat/2010/11/aidez-how-l-love-thee.html).  She explains how she knitted the sweater in the round which is very helpful, but I’m sure I will be getting help from my grandmother, the same lady who taught me to knit in the first place.

Stay tuned for pictures of my own sweater next week when I get home!

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My Aidez Cardigan

Its been quite a while since I last pointed when I was still in Spain.  Now I’m back in the U.S. and I’m working on my sweater again!  I had knitted the left side, back and half of the right side, but decided to take it all out and knit it together.

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This is how the sweater looked before I took it all out to start over.

Now I’ve knitted a large portion of the sweater and have one sleeve completed.  I chose to knit one of the sleeves first to check the gauge before I really got knitting again.  Its going well and I hope to have it done before the fall and maybe even finish it before I head back to college in August.  My grandma is going to be teaching me how to knit the sleeves on to the sweater.  She’s a great knitter and claims shes never sewn on a single sleeve.  She can figure out how to knit all kinds of things on to projects of any type.  Luckily, she said this will be an easy place for me to start learning to knit things together because the sweater pattern is for raglan sleeves.

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I’ve knitted about half of the body of the sweater.

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I really like how the sleeve turned out. I took two stitches out of the cuff to make it fit a little better and knitted the rest of the sleeve exactly how the pattern said.

I’ve had quite a lot of time to work on the sweater since getting back.  I’m not working this summer because I got back to late in the summer to find a job.  Instead, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to the beach with my friends, visit my parents in their house in the mountains, and now travel to the beach with my grandmother and cousins.  Its given me a lot of time to sit and knit between activities and I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to do so much before the start of my senior year of college.

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I chose to make the sweater from Berroco Vintage yarn in the color dungaree.