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Hooray for finished knitting! Purple cardigan (aka, Cocoa’s Rug) is finished.
Yes, it’s purple (I know I say I don’t really like purple, but for some odd reason, I end up with a lot of purple stuff – weird).
Yarn is from Ariel from eons ago – Christopher Sheep Farm Two Ply (I’m almost certain). I wanted something with positive ease – basically something easy to wear for warmth. And boy it is super warm. I can’t say that I am a huge fan of the yarn itself though, it was rather rough to knit with, but I think it will wear just fine.
Pockets were last minute addition – 2 people told me “yes pockets” 1 person said “no pockets” – I’m not sure if the pockets added much for the “look” (it’s possible that the cardi could have looked more “refined” without the pockets), but at the end of the day, I am very happy that I decided to go with pockets. *note to self: pockets should be planned instead of adding on later.
Oh another thing – I always think that I like seamed sweater vs seamless (I think they’re overall better structured than seamless sweaters). But working on this cardigan was a terrible reminder of how much I dislike seaming. It’s rather labor intensive. So I’m still in love/hate relationship with seamed sweaters – true story!
… then I started something new. A pair of socks.
I don’t know how I was able to not knit for past few years. Seriously, I feel like I never stopped knitting.
Guess who has two thumbs and is back on the knitting-wagon again? That, would be me.
So far, it kinda looks like… well, something for Cocoa to lay on. Actually, these pictures were taken last week, so there is a bit more progress but I haven’t had a chance (or desire) to take more pictures – because we all know, it’s nearly impossible to take a cat-free picture if I had to set something on the floor.
Honestly, I’m not sure who’s happier about me starting to knit again – me or the cat. Cocoa has been observing me ever-so-carefully whenever I try to knit. But she’s been a very good girl so far. Though she’s been laying “on stuff”, she hasn’t tried to chew on the yarn (quite yet).
I told myself no Christmas knitting this year.
Well.. that almost lasted. As of this fateful past Sunday, I decided, well, I guess I should knit something after all. What a (not-so) life altering decision that is.
So on late Sunday evening, we ventured out to the ‘burbs to grab few skeins of yarn from Michael’s and my mis-adventure began.
It’s a center out baby blanket. I do normally prefer blankets in rectangular shape, but well, I figured this would be easier (just knit in the round, all right sides). Then I realized a huge flaw in this method of knitting – progress of the knitting seems to appear slower as it grows larger. Yes, I know it’s not technically true but it just “seems” slower.
Hopefully I get to finish this within next couple of days. Then onto a pair of convertible gloves (you know, the flip mitten top, with fingerless gloves – WITH fingers) and a matching hat.
I’m not sure why I talked myself into doing it all – especially with twenty days to spare (actually slightly less, since they all need to be finished AND wrapped up before Christmas eve). What can I say – I’m a sucker.
… and it comes in a mowl*.
* One may ask, “wtf is a mowl?” – it means mug + bowl. I thought it sounded better than the other way (b + ug).
I would be a liar if I said I love these socks. But honestly, doesn’t really matter – they’re socks. They go on my feet. That itself makes me happy. (That and we all know I just prefer solid color yarns. Well, you may not know, but I do)
And this is what they look like “on feet”.
For your useless information, yarn used was Soft Sock Yarn by Sunshine Yarn, in “Fresh” colorway. They were hand-me-downs from Ariel because she’s super awesome and she sends me yarns. Hah! I do believe this particular yarn base is no longer available from Sunshine Yarns. Oh and needles – used US 1 (2.25mm) Addi Lace – I love the fact that they now make 2.25mm needles, even though my go-to sock needles are still 2.5mm (US 1.5).