December just flew by. The girls came home and before I was fully aware, the house was bursting with life and running a house with many adults from different generations (we had grandmothers for Christmas as well) with varied needs was a full time job, but it was a job I enjoyed. The knitting time was limited but once life is slowly returning to normal, I am having more time with the precious wool again.
Kingscot is finished and has been waiting on a dress form to be photographed. The rest of the cardigan proceeded easily; the sleeve heads were easy to adjust to my gauge and were sewed with ladder stitch without any difficulties. Now, I am so sorry that I can’t credit the source… I was reading blogs some time ago, following links and ended up at the site where I saw how the buttons were attached so that there is smaller button in the backside. I have seen this done in sewing but had never thought about bringing this to knitted garments. As soon as I saw this done, I realized its benefits in the knits. Somehow this stabilizes the buttons and they don’t seem to drag down since the weight is distributed evenly in both sides. All in all, knitting Kingscot was a very good experience. I think I learnt a lot, or rather, I got to use all kinds of little tricks I have learnt over the years and most of them from reading blogs and searching internet. Using big needles, 4 mm’s, was not – after all – such a bad experience.
I know I was worried from the very beginning of the color, or rather colors, of the yarn but now that the cardigan is finished, it does not look bad. Certainly if I were to start all over again, I would pick plain yarn, but I will let the cardigan be the way it is now. So I’m not over dyeing it just yet.
I am glad I decided to skip the seams where it was possible and the adjustments (you can read them from the previous posts) proved to be good. I am really happy of knitting the button bands simultaneously with the fronts. I made the sleeves a bit skinnier around the wrists, to make them more wearable under coat, but maybe this was not such a good decision. Somehow the wide sleeves belong to the design and maybe I should have left them the way they are in the original. What I love most in the design is how the back looks; the way the pattern pulls in lightens the back and makes it to drape even and it looks lovely.
… and the final verdict:
It is too big for me. But I like it anyway!
(I have three volunteers waiting for me to decide whether or not I will keep it myself or if I will pass it on.)
I have been planning plenty of knitting for this new year. I have a very long list but I am sure most of the items will be dropped off the list while new patterns start arriving with inspiring spring issues. I just can’t wait to see what is coming up next.
All kinds of resolutions have been made in this new year but I’ll talk about them later if I am able to keep any of them, too embarrassing to share them now, if by tomorrow or by next week they are forgotten. But somehow this year the feeling of a fresh start and the new set of 365 days were very welcome.
So it is January, in the good old times it used to be very cold month and today was just like the good old times. I took the dogs for a walk on ice and the wind was strong and the temperature was maybe –15 ºC and the walk against the wind forced me to cover my nose and the cheeks with a scarf and that did make me very happy.
After all these years knitting and wearing wool still makes me very, very happy.
A very happy new year to You too!