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I finished these over a month ago. I’m not usually a fan of the variegated yarn (I hate pooling with a passion) but these actually turned out pretty good…

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Pattern: Bloody Mary Socks by Sandra Park
Yarn: Tempted Hand Painted Good Grrl in Bordello (Rav link)
Needles: US Size 1 DPN’s
Mods: Added stitches before heel, then decreased after heel

As I was knitting this up I realized it was a bit tight and would not go over my heel, so I added 6 stitches total (3 separate increases) right before I knit the short row heel, then decreased them right after. This helped keep the spiraly striped thing happening (which I love actually). I think this pattern worked pretty well with the variegated yarn as it broke up the pooling just enough to make it an addition to the sock design. And I like how the socks match in their spiraly stripes!

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All in all, I give this one a thumbs up, even though the socks are a bit tight to get on. But the fear of future pooling with variegated yarn has tempted me to destash the majority of that in my stash 🙂

On a WIP front, I’ve got several socks on the needles – I’m working on a mystery sock for a friend which I can’t show quite yet (I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read this but you never know!!!) – those will go up on Ravelry soon since she’s not on there! I’m also working on some Flicker’s:

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These are actually not as orange as they look in the picture. The yarn is Sundara Sock Yarn in the Spiced colorway – I absolutely love her yarn. The colors are just amazing!!

I’m also working on a pair of Firestarters in some Wollmeise 100% Superwash in Indisch Rot:

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These actually started pooling on me while knitting the leg, so I abandoned the ribbing called for up the leg and decided to just continue the stockinette and cable pattern as I like how its knitting up that way (the subtle flashes of color are awesome!!!). I found this yarn to be a bit stringy, although I’ve heard that it softens up after washing so I guess we’ll see.

Why all the socks you ask? Because I promised myself I wouldn’t knit sweaters until I lost some weight. I really needed a kick in the ass and my love for sweater knitting just may do the trick. In addition, I just cleared out my entire closet due to a horrible moth infestation (luckily they were only in my closet where no yarn is stored!!!). I’ve rediscovered all these beautiful dresses and lots or slacks for work and cute tops that I haven’t been able to wear, and I’m determined to get into them by winter! So the running starts (and I’m so not a runner, but it seems like a good idea) and the healthy eating with it. I’ll allow myself to knit a sweater everytime I drop a pant size until I get to my desired size. I figured that’s pretty good motivation, right? Maybe I’ll add a pair of shoes to that too, to go with all my handknit socks 🙂

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This post won’t be as long as I anticipated (please see last line of this post), but here goes!

This cardi was originally inspired by Melissa of knittingschooldropout and her garter cardigan. My friend Elin pointed it out to me and we both thought it was just gorgeous! During our discussions we decided that 1) We would design a very similar cardigan for ourselves, and 2) that we would knit it together! So we ordered our yarn and started cranking out our numbers. Here’s the end result:

Garter Yoke Cardi

Pattern: Garter Yoke Cardigan, designed by me
Yarn: O-Wool Balance in Lapis, 11 hanks
Needles: US Size 1 and 3 Addi Turbo’s
Size: Large

This was my first time to ever design a garment and it was definitely a learning experience. I started out with a pretty wide collar (28″ I think), and knit a garter yoke increasing every 10 rounds or so. Once the yoke was 4 inches long I switched to raglan shaping to the armholes and from there adjusted with increases and decreases based on my measurements.

Once I tried on the finished garment I knew I had made a mistake with the collar. It was just too large and flopped around, and it gave absolutely no structure to the garment. I couldn’t even wear it unbuttoned! So I unknit the cast-on edge and ripped back an inch or so, and started re-knitting with more vigorous decreases and a bit of a longer yoke, and this made all the difference!! The cardi now has great structure and fits very well unbuttoned.

Although the knitting surgery listed above was kinda crappy, it wasn’t as bad as that which I had performed earlier. The last time I had posted in progress pictures about the cardi here on my neglected blog I noticed I had made a huge boo-boo…I hadn’t been knitting the button band in garter stitch! I knew it looked kind of off but wasn’t sure what it was. Well, I sure as shit wasn’t going to rip back 4-6 inches of knitted stitches, so instead out came the crochet hooks and safety pins. It took a few days but I was able to drop those 6 edge stitches on both sides and knit the garter edge. Whew!

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O-Wool Balance is fantastic yarn and I will totally be buying more in the future! Its a bit rough on the hands, especially the garter stitch section, but it softens up a bit after washing and is very cool when worn. I took these pictures in July during the Texas heat wave and I wasn’t even sweating!

I also had a hard time deciding what buttons to use. I found this great Etsy seller Zeldas Buttons which had lots of great vintage buttons (seriously I know the pictures aren’t fantastic there but her buttons are awesome). Plus I needed a total of 9 and its so hard to find vintage buttons in lots larger than 6 or 8, but from Zelda you can buy an entire bag! I ordered several different colors, but in the end I went with red even though I feared the “4th of July” look. LOVE how they look with the cardigan!

Garter Yoke Cardi

In the end I’m really happy with how this turned out. I learned a lot, and will definitely design more garments for me!!

I blogged about this cardi Monday night but for some reason the post has DISAPPEARED! Where oh where did it go??!! And it was so good too! I’m so pissed…

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