Friday, January 27, 2012

Rosebud Cardigan (and getting past my fear of completion)

I did it! I started, and completed, my first sweater of 2012! Am I pleased with myself? Well, yes. You see, I have a thing about completing projects--it usually doesn't happen. I have completed many gifts, many of which came with a timeline--a birthday present, Christmas present, new baby. Yes, I work well under pressure. But a sweater for myself? I have at least three on different sets of needles right now.

I just love my Rosebud Sweater (from Fall 2011 Knitscene), the lace details of the yoke and the simplicity of the body. The Baby Alpaca I used is soft, squishy and warm. I've already worn it twice this week (without blocking it first, of course). My hope is that this feeling of actually finishing a project will spur me on to finish more. Much better than only finishing when a deadline is near...

I am continuing to knit/crochet here and there on my unfinished garment projects, but my big project for February will be Heidi's Samantha Sweater. Heidi will be hosting a KAL at the shop every first and third Thursday of the next couple of months. (For those of you who are online followers, she also has a ravelry group going on, as well as helpful information on her website.) The beauty of this sweater is that it looks great on everyone! We had several customers try on the store sample, and each customer looked fabulous in it. It is also easily knit up in a worsted-weight yarn, so there are many options: our store sample was made from Cascade 220, Heidi is making her next in Universal's Classic Shades, and well, the list of worsted weight yarns is just about endless!

I'd love to hear about garments (well, anything!) you all are knitting/crocheting/sewing these days.

Oh, and the color of the year for 2012: Tangerine Tango, followed by Solar Power (mustard yellow), and Bellflower (lavender).

Happy Crafting!


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