FO Friday: What Was I Saying?

Oh yeah, I said I’d be back. Sorry to have neglected to return sooner. Things have been wild. The Husband has been working basically double shifts for the past three-four weeks. It seemed like a break when he only had to work 12 hour days this week. I’m still spending hours every day at my parent’s house. Things had been going really well until yesterday when my father fell and broke this wrist. He gets a cast today. N has one more week of summer vacation. He’s looking forward to going back to school. He will be going to the middle school. WOW! How did that happen? H continues to love her job and drive us all crazy.

So I had promised to tell you about my Camp Loopy project 3. The only requirement for this project is that you have to use 800 yards of yarn on one item. I decided to knit the Yellow Brick Road Cardi with Cascade 220 in smoke. It took a couple of swatches to finally get near gauge. Had I been posting regularly I could have told you how well written the pattern is. How I never really had any questions about what was meant. Or how I learned a few interesting things knitting this pattern.

One of those is pleats. I had never knit them before and they were really a lot easier than I thought they would be. I also might have mentioned that I have no idea why exactly you would use them. They do look cool.

I finished the sweater earlier this week and then blocked it. The fit is only OK. I probably would have enjoyed trying it on more if it wasn’t 90 degrees. The only part that I am unhappy about is the neckline. It sits lower than I like. I never know what to wear under a sweater that fits like this. When the temperature is cooler I’ll try it on with a few different shirts and see how I feel about it. The jury is out on the 3/4 length sleeves. I know they are theoretically more flattering stopping at the thinest point of my midsection but I feel like the sleeves make my arms look like sausages and my skinny wrists and tiny hands hang out below. Maybe with a better shirt they would look better too.

I spent a day trying to decide what to knit next. It seems strange to be able to knit whatever I want in whatever yarn. Three months of Camp will do that to a knitter. I had a hard time trying to decide if I would work on a WIP or cast on a new pair of socks. What do you think I did? Maybe you’ll be surprised or maybe you won’t.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

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8 Responses to FO Friday: What Was I Saying?

  1. elpalchica says:

    That’s beautiful! I have such a funny picture in my mind now of your tiny hands hanging out…


  2. YarnyDragonfly says:

    Welcome back! We missed you! Your sweater turned out great! I’m so impressed that you started and finished it in under a month. You should get a special camp prize just for that! In cooler weather, a turtle neck would look great under your sweater (and cover your lower arms). Hmmmmm…..I bet you cast on a new pair of socks????


  3. Marilyn says:

    So glad that you are back!! Have been thinking of you and wondering how everything was going.
    Sweater looks great! Too bad about the fit but sounds better than the last 2 that I knit. o.0
    I bet you started some socks. πŸ˜€


  4. Kepanie says:

    Yikes, your poor dad. He really is resilient with all he’s gone through these past years. This cardigan is terrific. It looks cozy and warm.


  5. chrisknits says:

    Very pretty sweater. But I agree, I never quite get 3/4 sleeves. Oh well. Funny thing is, I usually scrunch my sleeves up anyway!


  6. Beautiful sweater, I love it! πŸ™‚


  7. Pat says:

    Great to see you again — and well congrats on all the Camp Loopy achievements. The Cardi is awesome — and I hope you manage to find some style of shirt that feels right to you — perhaps when cooler, a mock turtle neck (looser) or a turtle neck, or a smart high collared blouse/casual shirt?

    At any rate – brilliant! Hmmm …. I bet socks are a coming πŸ˜‰

    Sorry that things have been that crazy – but summer’s can be like that — as long as everyone is alright — and wow – middle school already! Time does fly.

    I hope your Dad fairs well and heals quickly without too much pain. Wrists can be awful in that suddenly, you find yourself with only on hand in the works. My Mom broke her wrist a few years back – quite painful initially, then just annoying inconvenient — but it was the PT — that was the difficult bit —- she worked on it for over a year in order to regain almost the full range of movement. But that’s her for you. Hope your Dad and Mom are doing better.

    You take care — see you on the flip side of the needles. πŸ˜‰


  8. ellen says:

    I’m sorry about your Dad, I hope he heals fast. Good to see you posting. I think the sweater looks grand. Personally, I’m a fan of a wider neckline. I wear/ layer them with other scoop necks. But I’m not very styley! I’m happy to hear it was a pattern you enjoyed and didn’t struggle or doubt. Such a good knitting feeling. Hoping you and yours get a little ease in that crazy schedule!


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