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Right about now I’m about to break up with garment sewing and get an unlisted phone number. This is, I think, the third piece of clothing I attempted to sew that ended in disaster.

It’s Simplicity 2977 and there are many problems with it the least of which being it’s hugeness.  Did you know that size charts on pattern envelopes totally lie?  I didn’t until I read this and now I have to add measuring all the pattern pieces to the tedious list of things that I have to do before I even begin to sew.

It’s probably just as well that this didn’t work because the print is busy and the jersey is pretty lightweight and probably would have shown every bump and underwear line.

I’m at the point with knitting where I feel pretty competent but I feel like I’ll never get to that point with sewing. There are just so many variables.  With spring apparently arriving some day I’ve been daydreaming about sewing a closetful of blouses, dresses and skirts for Kate and I but I may just quit while I’m behind and hit up Joe next time I’m in town.


I had some yarn leftover from Carrot which became Gwynedd, a pattern from the same issue that also used Fresco.

I took many, many photos, and either the quality was poor, the hat looked weird or I looked cranky. At least this one’s focused. I need winter to be over.

Chris is away all week on a course and it’s clear from Kate’s ten o’clock meltdown on her first full day without him that she misses him as much as I do. I’ve been trying to stay cheerful and active to waylay the anxiety of having no one to fall back on in this parenting gig.  We’ve been going for short, frigid walks, reorganizing our picture books, watching our little squirrel friend, and napping  / suffering through the pilates DVD that has sat in its wrapper since September (respectively).  Kate wasn’t much help but I also made this little heart banner as soon as I saw Erin’s thanks to a link from Austen.

It took maybe fifteen minutes including cutting out the hearts from some Amy Butler card stock that Erin sent me ages ago and it’s really fun in our dumpy living room that is about to undergo a major makeover. I’ll keep everyone abreast of that project as it develops.

I started this cardigan in October and was saddened to have to put it away to tackle my crazy-person Christmas projects (did I mention I forgot about a Christmas dress that I also made Kate?) because I was in love with the project as soon as the first few inches crawled off the needles. Sport weight yarn plus 4.5 mm. needles doesn’t make for light speed knitting so it was a lucky thing that this yarn is so amazing.

This photo should teach me not to insist on outdoor photos in February since I'm clearly freezing to death and, worse, compromising the drape of this lovely collar.

I don’t trust myself to ever take this off. It’s light but warm and soft as fresh kittens. I hope Kate will learn to live with the mouthfuls of shed fluff in her mouth (alpaca and angora, you know).

If I can remember back that far I think my project choice was inspired by Leslie’s parade of simple, wearable knits and Elly’s similarly muted style.  I know I could pick up a similar cardigan at Joe or Gap but why should I put the effort into knitting something if it’s not something I want to live in?  Especially since I’m realizing that so many of the sweaters I knit back when I was knitting the pattern of the minute and churning them out at least once a month are barely ever worn. They’re too fussy or scratchy or I rushed through them and made them too short. I like to think that I’m a lot more thoughtful about what I make for myself now that knitting time is more precious.

I’m already thinking of spring and sewing pretty blouses although as you can see I have no sane right to do so.

Pattern: Carrot Cardigan By Hannah Fettig Knitscene, Fall 2010

Yarn: Classic Elite Fresco, 10 skeins

Size: 42″ (although the shoulders are a little roomy)

Verdict: wheeeeee!!!!

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