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The Bugga Sweater and Project Updates

Look what has buttons, has been blocked, and is ready for wear! Just in time for 80 degree F temps this week.

Tempest (Modified) - Side
Tempest (Modified)

Pattern: Modified version of Tempest (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: May 1, 2010
Completed: May 18, 2010
Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Ruby-Tailed Wasp and Faithful Beauty
Needles: US 4 and US 6 bamboo circulars and DPNs
Notes: There are extensive notes on my Ravelry project page. Essentially what I wanted was a sweater with the Tempest stripe patterning, but a v-neck collar and knit in one piece. I used about 1.5 skeins (maybe a little more for the MC, Faithful Beauty) of each color. The modifications were pretty simple to make after looking at a few patterns with v-neck shaping and using the knowledge I learned from the sweater class I took with Jared Flood. I’m very please with how this turned out. The first blocking didn’t go good. It stretched out a ton and I was really worried! After a trip through the washer and dryer (on gentle cycle and low heat), it shrank back up to the size it was pre-blocking. It’s soft and comfortable to wear. I definitely need more cardigans like this!

Tempest (Modified) - Front
Tempest (Modified) – Front

Tempest (Modified) - Back
Tempest (Modified) – Back

Tempest (Modified) - Neckline
Tempest (Modified) – Neckline

Tempest (Modified) - Buttons
Tempest (Modified) – Buttons

I started the Jali Cardigan in Knit Picks Cotlin last weekend. After getting through the first half of the chart I realized something. The cables were pulling the sweater inwards in a way I wasn’t sure would block out and look okay on the finished sweater.

Jali Cardigan
Jali Cardigan

I figured I need to stop knitting the sweater and knit another swatch using the chart pattern this time.

Jali Swatch
Jali Swatch

After I knit, washed and blocked the swatch, I noticed something in the pictures of the pattern. Right near the cable, the stitches are stretched out. If you look at the swatch you can see this there, too. It pulls it in and because cotton and linen (or even the cotton and bamboo blend the pattern calls for) has no stretch to it. I hadn’t thought much about the cables in this yarn until this point, probably because I’ve never knit cables in a non-wool yarn before, so I didn’t think too much about how the yarn and cables would react. I’ve decided that the way the swatch turned out with the stretched stitches near the cable isn’t something I want to see on my finished sweater. I’m glad I noticed this now instead of halfway through the body or something! I’m debating on what to do now. Frog it completely and use the yarn for something else, use a different stitch pattern in place of the cable/lace one, or just knit it with no patterning at all. Anyone have thoughts or suggestions on what to do?

Since I’ve put this aside, I picked Ishbel back up. I like how the Handmadien Sea Silk is knitting up and have been sucked into finishing it before working on something else. I’m enjoying seeing the lace part grow and shape up, but the yarn itself can be a bit difficult to work with since it has no give to it and is a bit sticky if it’s humid or hot while I’m knitting it. I think the finished shawl will be lovely, though!

Ishbel
Ishbel

I’m up to Chart C, but this photo was taken before I’d finished Chart B for the second time and Chart A for the third time (knitting the largest size).

Remember the Labyrinth sock I was working on? I decided to frog it. After getting past the heel and trying it on I decided that the stitches were stretching too much and I should have knit the larger size sock (more stitches around). I may attempt it again down the road using the larger size, but for now, the sock is no more.

I’m still working on Ampersand here and there. No new photos yet, but I’m getting close to starting the cuff of the sock. My Spring Fling Vesper sock in Damsel is on hold. I haven’t started the second sock yet. Thinking I may finish up Ampersand before starting the second one of that pair. I feel like I don’t have many projects going on right now, though I don’t think that’s a bad thing! It’s kind of a nice change. 🙂

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What do you expect from a pattern?

With all these sweater thoughts going on here, I’ve been thinking about patterns and what I expect from patterns, especially ones that I pay for.

Recently I purchased a sweater pattern. (I won’t say which pattern because I’m still debating on emailing the designer about it and if you know what pattern I’m talking about, please don’t post it in the comments.) The pattern was on the higher end of what I usually pay for a pattern. I’m used to spending $5-7 for a good pattern without thinking too much of it. This one was over that amount. Because of this, it was one I really thought about before making the purchase. I asked myself if it was really something I would knit and wear a lot. I thought about it for a few months before making the purchase. Now, I’ve purchased $7 patterns and been very pleased with them. They are usually quite detailed and I don’t feel like anything is missing from them, besides the occasional close photograph of a particular part that I want to see (which is what Ravelry is great for). Twist Collective is a great example of this. All of the patterns I’ve purchased from there have been $7 and I think they are worth every penny. There are also many patterns out there for free that meet this same standard of quality I have come to expect from pay for patterns, but today I’m only talking about pay for patterns, specifically sweater patterns.

Now, I don’t feel that I’m that picky about what I expect in a pattern I’ve paid money for. I’ve paid for really well written patterns and I’ve come to expect this same level of quality from all patterns I pay for. I think this is the first time that I’ve really felt let down by a pattern I paid for more then I “normally” would. In a sweater pattern, there are a few important things aside from decent pictures, correct yardage requirements for each size, tools needed, and gauge. What I’ve come to expect from sweater patterns is a schematic of the sweater with finished measurements, stitch counts between moving from section to section and where needed (ie how many stitches you’re splitting off for the arms or how many stitches you have after splitting off the arms or doing a decrease/increase section), and if there are charts, I expect there are written instructions included or it that it is noted if there aren’t written instructions included. Now the chart thing isn’t a huge deal for me because I prefer working from charts, but occasionally I get confused on a part and it’s nice to see it written out.

This particular is 8 pages. With 8 pages of pattern, I’d expect that all of these things would be there, especially the schematic and stitch counts. Sadly, that is not what I got. What I got is an 8 page pattern that goes like this: a large picture on the first page that fills the entire page, a page about the pattern (how the design came to be/got it’s name) and all required materials and gauge, a page with all the instructions for the sweater (including a small picture), 4 pages of charts (no written instructions), and the last page with a large picture filling the whole page. Did you catch that part where I said “one page with all instructions“? Yep. ONE PAGE. On this one page, there are no stitch counts aside from the initial “cast on so many stitches” part. Before dividing the sleeves off, it doesn’t tell you how many stitches you should have. It also doesn’t tell you how many stitches you’re dividing off or how many you should have after they are divided off. Heck if it had that, I could let go of the before dividing stitch count not being there. For the sleeves it just tells you to put the stitches between the markers on waste yarn. When you pick those stitches up later, there’s no mention of how many you should have. Best of all is the total lack of a schematic with finished measurements and the fact that none of the charts have written instructions and it is not noted ANYWHERE on the pattern purchase page. I’m sorry, but not everyone knits from charts and in my opinion, it’s very important to note this to buyers before they pay money for it. None of the charts given on the 4 pages are very large, so I don’t think writing out directions would have been a lot to add, but the charts were created by Knit Visualizer, which generates the written instructions for you, so I don’t understand why there aren’t any included.

I’m sure it doesn’t need to be said, but I’m pretty disappointed in this pattern. It’s written the way I expect a free pattern to be written. I can forgive that with free patterns because I didn’t pay for a product, however I paid a good deal of money for this pattern which feels like it’s lacking a lot of things I have seen in every sweater pattern I’ve knit. I waited a while to blog about this to see if maybe I was just having a rough day and that skewed my perspective. It didn’t. I feel the same way days later as I did the day I purchased it. Frankly, I don’t even want to knit this sweater despite how much I like it because I’m afraid it will just make me frustrated to not be able to check my stitch counts at any point without doing all the math myself.

The same day, I purchased Lyttelton. It’s very well written and has everything I’d expect from a pattern. I paid a bit less then $5 for the pattern (£3.00). I’m fairly certain the schematic is hand drawn, but it has all the necessary information. I can’t wait to get started on this one.

The fact that I’m excited about one pattern and no longer excited about the other made me think about what I expect from patterns. I’m certain part of the reason I’m excited about Lyttelton is that everything I expect to be there is there. Looking at the pattern I don’t have questions about any parts of it and I don’t feel it’s lacking any information. This is the exact reason I’m not excited about the other: it’s lacking information that’s pretty important and that I expect to be there.

All of this left me wondering about how others feel about this topic. What do you expect in a pattern that you pay for? Is there a price you’re willing to pay for a pattern that lacks information you expect to be there that isn’t? Would you complain to the designer if the pattern didn’t meet those expectations? Would you just knit it anyway?

And just so this post isn’t pictureless… here’s my Poppet that arrived yesterday.

Poppet
Poppet from Strange Studios

In case you’re curious what a Poppet is, you can find out here on Lisa Snelling’s blog.

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Thoughts on Sweaters

I’ve been thinking about sweaters and sweater patterns lately (well, really knit garments in general). It all started with a conversation Matt and I had after I finished all the knitting on Tempest. He commented that this is the first sweater that’s really been “me” – a color I would wear, a fit that’s flattering, and overall something that would likely see a lot of use. This made me think about previous sweaters I’ve knit. Most of the sweaters I’ve knit up to this point have had something I didn’t like about them.

The first garment I knit myself was Bad Penny out of a cotton/wool blend. I wouldn’t say my choice of yarn was a poor one (I do like it), but I didn’t realize that any wool in next to sensitive skin (ie my back) makes me itchy, so this doesn’t really get worn. After that I decided to knit a sweater. The first sweater I knit myself was Rogue. The body ended up shorter then I liked, so all my t-shirts hung out from under it. I never wore it much because of that. I was pretty happy with the color, fit (aside from length) and style of it, though.

Six months later I knit a vest. The Back to School U-Neck Vest. Turns out I’m not really a vest person. I like the idea of vests, but wouldn’t ever wear one.

It was a year and a half from the vest that I attempted my next sweater, which was a total disaster. The Green Gable Hoodie. Looking back there was nothing about this sweater that was “me.” It’s big and bulky and heavy and… well the pattern was a disaster, too! Turns out I’m not a fan of bulky knits. My first 4 garments? Not that successful, but I did learn more about what I want out of a sweater from each one.

Sweaters 1
Top: Bad Penny and Rogue
Bottom: Back To School U-Neck Vest and Green Gable Hoodie

I took a break from garments after that hoodie disaster, but eventually decided to try again. I finished Decimal and was immediately disappointed. It was too long. I was able to shrink it some, but not nearly as much as I thought it needed. Part of it was my own fault. I knit another repeat of the lace pattern and didn’t take into consideration that that would add to the length of it and I should make adjustments in the body to compensate. I think part of it was that I didn’t pay much attention to the schematic in the pattern. If I had, I would have known that I didn’t want the body of the sweater as long as the pattern stated anyhow. Sigh. You’d think by this point, I would have given up on garment knitting, but NO. I didn’t. I started Hey Teach right away and it wasn’t long before I finished it once, realized it could wrap around me twice, frogged it and knit it all over again. I did finish it, though. I don’t really like the neckline of this sweater or the really floppy button band it has or the way the buttons are so spaced out that it gaps horribly in-between them (especially on the chest). Two sweaters within a few months of each other that I didn’t really love once they were done.

Sweaters 2
Decimal and Hey Teach

The next sweater I finished was Liesl. I actually DO like this sweater. This is the first sweater I finished that I really liked and wanted to wear. I think I need more tank tops so that I can wear it more. I only own one tank top I can wear with it and I think that’s why it doesn’t get worn as much as it should since the color doesn’t go with my much else in my wardrobe. Once Liesl was done, I worked on Starlight non-stop so I could wear it to Rhinebeck. I made the deadline and like how the sweater turned out, but the yarn choice may not have been the best one. The yarn pilled like nobody’s business the one and only time I’ve worn it. So disappointing! I’ve since tucked it away because I don’t want to see it get completely pilly. It’s too pretty to be pilly!

Sweaters 3
Liesl and Starlight

This year I’ve knit three sweaters. First one I finished was the February Lady Sweater. Only thing I’m not super fond of is the neckline on this one. It prevents me from wearing it with any shirt I want and only feel comfortable (or “put together”) wearing it with the one tank top I own. I love the finished sweater, but it doesn’t go with everything in my wardrobe so it’s only worn occasionally. Next I knit the Camber Cardigan. Love this lightweight cardigan that can be worn over just about anything. I foresee this one getting a fair amount of wear, but it’s been too hot for sweaters lately! Initially it was longer then I thought I wanted it. After wearing it a few times, I decided I liked the length of it. Still doesn’t go with everything in my wardrobe, but I do feel more comfortable wearing it with various tops, unlike the other two sweaters I finished that I like.

Sweaters 4
February Lady Sweater and Camber Cardigan

Most recently I finished Tempest, which I talked about in yesterday’s post. Time will tell on this one, but I put a lot of thought into what I wanted from that sweater and I haven’t found anything I don’t like about it (at least so far!). Thinking about all of these garment knitting experiences, I’ve learned a lot about the things I don’t want in a garment and the things that I do. Color seems to be a big factor. If it’s not a color I can wear with most of my wardrobe, it doesn’t get worn. I don’t really like bulky knit garments. I prefer that cardigans have a v-neck shape. All sorts of little things that I’d not really considered when picking out yarn and patterns previously.

Taking the time to think about all of this helps me going forward. I have a much better understanding of what I will wear and what I won’t. Just because it’s a pretty, interesting, or that it’s the latest “OMG everyone is knitting it” pattern doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for ME. I’m glad I can see and understand that now. Part of the learning curve of knitting. I think I learned a lot more knitting sweaters and finding things I didn’t like, sweater construction, and color/yarn choices by just doing it. Sometimes that’s the best way to learn! 🙂

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KY Fiber Fest, Tempest, and New Projects

Last Sunday, Karen, Emily, and I went to the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. It was rainy and overcast, but we still had a pretty good time. There were quite a few vendors, though less then I had in my head there would be. I was amazed at how much fiber and spinners there were! There was a whole group spinning. I wish I’d taken a picture! There was also a good amount of yarn, alpacas and sheep, and vendors selling non-yarn/fiber things. I didn’t get many pictures because it was icky out, but here are my favorites.

Baby Sheep
Baby Sheep

Alpaca
Alpaca

Pretty Yarn
Yarn

Of course you know I didn’t come home empty handed! I purchased two skeins of sock yarn from MacKintosh Yarns and one skein of lace weight tencel from Weaver’s Loft.

KY Sheep and Fiber Festival (Purchases)
Top: MacKintosh Yarns Celtic Sock in Sumac and Skye Sock in Camo Girl
Bottom: The Weaver’s Loft Yarns of Distinction Tencel Lace Weight

No plans for the lace yet, but I’ve seen their booth at festivals before and have wanted to try this yarn for a while, so I decided to go for it finally. The Camo Girl definitely needs to be socks (fun bright ones!). Undecided about the Sumac, though with sock yarn, can you really ever have enough? hahaha 🙂

I know I just showed this WIP for the first time last week, but look what I finished!

Tempest (Modified) - Hmmm
Tempest (Modified)

It still needs buttons (not going to keep it closed with DPNs forever!), but I have some picked out and I’ll be washing and blocking this tonight. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out. This is the best fitting sweater I’ve knit so far. I love everything about it. I can’t wait to get it washed so I can start wearing it! Even though it’s getting warmer, there are still some cool nights and it stays cool in my office, so I’m sure it will get some use before it gets really hot here.

Tempest (Modified) - Back
Tempest (Modified) – Back

Since I finished the sweater and was in the process of deciding what to knit next, I’ve started working on the Labyrinth sock again. Yesterday I turned the heel and I’m about halfway done with the leg. Here it is two repeats into the chart (I’m on the 5th repeat now).

Labyrinth Sock
Labyrinth Sock

I have to admit… I’m feeling project withdrawal from Tempest pretty badly. I put all my other projects aside to work on this one. I was enjoying the designing of the modifications, the yarn, the colors… everything! For about a week I’d been considering what I want to knit next when I got an email from Interweave Knits about the Jail Cardigan.

Jali Cardigan

I knew I wanted this to be my next sweater with a few modifications. I’d like to make it shorter in length (take off 2-3″ from the bottom) and possibly do 3/4 length sleeves instead. Once I finished knitting Tempest, I started considering my yarn options. I ended up deciding to get Knit Picks CotLin after reading up on it and getting some opinions from other knitters on how it holds up as a garment. My major concern was that the yarn is a cotton and linen blend and that it would be too heavy as a finished sweater. I love Ravelry for this! It’s a great way to find out about a yarn before committing. I ordered the yarn Wednesday morning, it was shipped a few hours later and on my doorstep when I got home from work today! That’s amazingly fast for Knit Picks, especially when there’s free shipping. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that I live in the same state it gets shipped from.

Knit Picks CotLin "Whisker"
Knit Picks CotLin in Whisker

I decided on a light grey for this sweater. I figured that way it would go with all of my wardrobe and I don’t have any sweaters like that yet (though Tempest does go with most of it). I’ve already done one swatch and it looks like I’ll need to go down a needle size, so I’ll knit another swatch tomorrow. I do like how it knit up and washed. I’ve not experienced any of the fuzzing that some people mentioned and it’s really quite soft – softer then I expected. Can’t wait to get this started!

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Project Updats and KY Fiber Festival

After finishing up the Camber Cardigan, I was bit by the cast-on bug. I initially decided I wouldn’t let myself cast anything on until I finished the Summer Breeze Vesper socks, but since I didn’t have much on the needles, I cast on for Ishbel in Handmaiden Sea Silk to bring to the Spring Fling with me.

Ishbel
Ishbel

I did work on it a little bit while at the Fling, though since I’ve been home it hasn’t seen much progress. While I was at the Fling, I finished up the Summer Breeze socks, so I decided to cast on my Spring Fling socks. A number of people going to the Fling decided to all knit Vesper socks and take a picture at the Fling, so I decided to use Damsel for mine. By the time I got home after the Fling, I had one sock finished.

Spring Fling Socks
Spring Fling Socks (Vesper in Damsel colorway)

Just before the Fling, I started another sock. I thought it would be good to have something with a little bit of a pattern that was interesting, but simple enough to work on while socializing. I decided on doing the toe-up version of Ampersand using Socks That Rock Lightweight in Farmhouse. I didn’t end up working on it much while at the Fling, but I’ve made it up past the heel and onto the leg (the photo below shows just before I turned the heel). After getting back from the Fling, I worked on this sock while figuring out the details for another project I’m working on.

Ampersand
Ampersand

The big project I’m working on right now and the one that has been getting all my attention is a modified version of the Tempest cardigan. Recently Adrienne (in my knit group) knit Tempest in three colors of Wollmeise and I really like how it turned out. It had been in my queue for a long time, so I decided I needed to make this sweater. I kept trying to decide on three colors of Wollmeise to use, but didn’t think any of the colors I had really went together that well. I had two skeins of Bugga in Faithful Beauty in my stash (which I bought thinking I’d make a shrug or shawl with it), then I caught a Bugga update and got two skeins of Ruby-Tailed Wasp. Once I got the colors together, I knew I had to make Tempest with this yarn. I had the yarn just before the Spring Fling, so I decided I wanted to wait until I took Jared’s sweater class before casting on since there were a few things about Tempest I wasn’t totally in love with: the neckline, that it is knit in pieces and sewn together, and that it didn’t have much of a border/edging.

After an excellent class with Jared where I learned a lot about sweaters, I decided to use the striping pattern of Tempest, go with a gauge I liked that is slightly different then the pattern, add a garter stitch edge to the bottom, change the neckline to be a v-neck shape, and knit it in one piece. I started it on May 1st and it’s been the only thing I’ve worked on. I really love working with this yarn and these colors! It’s been exciting to figure it all out and see it coming together. I’m up to the yoke now and I think I’ll be done with the body of it this week. After the body is done, I’ll do the button band, then the sleeves.

Bugga Sweater
Tempest – Modified

Now that the sweater is getting too big to be portable and I’ve been wanting to jump back in the Socks from the Toe Up KAL, I decided to cast on the Labyrinth socks Monday. I’m using Bigmouth Yarns Buxom Sock in “You’re Turning Violet, Violet”, which is a sock club colorway from the Willy Wonka Sock Club. I like how it’s working up in this yarn. It really shows the pattern well.

Labyrinth Socks
Labyrinth Socks

Even though I’ve got a number of projects on the needles, I’m already thinking about what I’m going to knit once I finish up Tempest. I bought a number of sleeveless summer dresses recently, so I’ve been looking at patterns for shrugs and cropped cardigans. What’s your favorite shrug or cropped cardigan pattern? I’m still undecided on what to knit that will be versatile and go with at least a few of my dresses. I’ll likely need yarn, too, since I don’t have any colors that would match well with any of the dresses I have. What’s your favorite summer yarn? I’m thinking maybe cotton or a cotton blend. I don’t want anything keeping me too warm during the already hot summer months!

This weekend is the First Annual Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. Looks like I’ll be headed down with some of the gals in my knit group on Sunday. I’m looking forward to going and hoping it’ll stay as nice as the forecast is predicting! If you’re going, leave a comment and maybe we can meet up while there. 🙂

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Skew

Over the last two days I’ve been going through my blog from the beginning to tag, categorize, and fix any pictures that are missing from when I moved my blog last year. I’ve been wanting to put up pages of my finished items by year, so I figured I could get all the links needed and correct any entries at the same time. In doing this, I realized I haven’t posted my finished Skew socks!

Skew (Front)
Skew

Pattern: Skew (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: February 27, 2010
Completed: April 18, 2010
Yarn: Creatively Dyed Yarn Steele in Albion
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm), Knit Pick 40″ circular
Notes: This was the first project I ever did using Magic Loop that I didn’t want to immediately rip out. I knit the first sock pretty quickly, but then got sidetracked with some test knitting after I finished the first one. March 3rd the first sock was done and I started the second April 11th (finished on April 18th). The heel is a bit snug to get on, but once they are on, they fit like a glove! I don’t know that I’d change needle size like some people did to make the heel easier to get on, though. I have a wide foot around the ball, but narrow heel, so the fit is actually really good once they are on and not uncomfortable at all. My favorite thing about these socks? The insanely bright colors! 🙂

Skew (Right Inside)
Skew – Right Inside

Skew (Left Inside)
Skew – Left Inside

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad the weekend is just about here. This week feels like it’s been a long one and thankfully this weekend is looking like it won’t be one of those run-around-everywhere type of weekends. Maybe I’ll finally get some things done around the house! Haha, okay, maybe not, but I can hope, right? 😉

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Camber Cardigan and Summer Breeze Socks

I really enjoyed blogging the topics last week for Knit and Crochet Blog Week, but I did miss the last two. It was a busy weekend for us (which seems to be the case a lot lately!) and it completely slipped my mind. When I remembered late on Sunday, I had every intention to do both of them on Monday, but as you can see, that didn’t work out since this week has turned out to be pretty busy, too! I’ve been meaning to do a project and FO update since just before the Spring Fling, so today I have two FO’s to share.

First up is the Camber Cardigan. It was finished early April, but it took me a week and a half to decide on the length and sew on the buttons. I added the finishing touches the week before the Spring Fling and with getting ready for that keeping me busy, I didn’t have time to take FO shots until after I got back from the Fling. I have serious love for this sweater. I’d say it’s definitely my favorite of all the sweaters I’ve knit!

Camber Cardigan - Front
Camber Cardigan

Pattern: Camber Cardigan (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: March 6, 2010
Completed: April 10, 2010
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette, Huckleberry Heather, 6 skeins
Needles: US 4, bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: I did this as a test knit for Jesh. I think that my gauge changed while knitting or something, because my swatch had less rows per inch then the finished sweater. At first I wasn’t in love with the length of the sweater, but after a week of thinking on it, I decided it was actually a pretty good length. I wore this while at the Spring Fling and got SO many compliments and people asking about it. I have even worn it at work and people didn’t believe I made it! 🙂 This sweater made me get over the fear of knitting a whole sweater with fingering weight yarn and I love the lightweight feel of it. I definitely see more fingering weight sweaters in my future! Overall, I’m really pleased with how this sweater turned out and I think it will get a lot of wear.

Camber Cardigan - Back
Camber Cardigan – Back

Camber Cardigan - Front Yoke
Camber Cardigan – Front Yoke

Camber Cardigan - Back Yoke
Camber Cardigan – Back Yoke

Camber Cardigan - Sleeves
Camber Cardigan – Sleeves

The other FO I have to share is a pair of socks I started what feels like forever ago! I put these aside a number of times to work on other things, which is why they took so long, but I think they may be my favorite pair of Vesper socks yet. Why? The heel. I think I like this heel a lot better then the short-row heel. It does take longer, but overall I think it fits my foot better and it’s still knit toe-up. It did take a bit of working to get the stripes to line up, though. I’ve figured out how to change it for the next pair to avoid what I did on these. It’s kind of hard to describe, but I basically had to move a row up after I finished the heel to keep the same striping pattern. It’s not noticeable on the sock, though I don’t want to have to do that for every pair.

Summer Breeze (Front)
Summer Breeze Socks

Pattern: Toe-up Socks (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: December 30, 2009
Completed: April 23, 2010
Yarn: Vesper, Summer Breeze (4 stripe sock club colorway)
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) and US 0 Knit Picks DPNs
Notes: My basic toe-up 64 stitch sock with a slip stitch heel and using smaller needles for the cuff.

Summer Breeze (Side)
Summer Breeze Socks

Summer Breeze (Heels)
Summer Breeze Socks – Heels

Next time I’ll show you what I’ve been working on recently! I have a number of WIPs that I haven’t even blogged about yet. 🙂