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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. 🙂

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

4 thoughts on “Camber Cardigan and Summer Breeze Socks

  1. What a beautiful sweater and adorable socks! Both look perfect for this on-again off-again spring Ohio’s had this year!

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