Saturday, September 28, 2013

Warm at Last

My Office is a Fridge

Pattern: Sedum by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Knit Picks Cadena in Coal
Needles: US 10 1/2 and 7
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I started this project about two and a half years ago. Seed stitch is not very fast or very fun to knit, and bulky is unbearable in the summer, so it took a nice vacation under the futon for a while. :) Since the Summer Sweater KAL this year permitted works-in-progress and my WIPs are driving me insane, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to pull the sucker out and give it the sleeves and bands it needed to be a complete sweater.

My office is freezing more often than it is comfortable. Today, it was stifling hot and an hour later, icy cold. Go figure. I thought a cute, bulky sweater that lives in my office would go with anything I'm wearing and make up for the fact that the space heater I stole from our department library doesn't work anymore. I'll no longer have to dress for winter in the office when I know it'll get up to 86 degrees outside, like today. I can just toss this guy on and be happy!

The pattern I used was a free version back from when Jane first released it. It has its problems, but she has since rewritten it and addressed anything I could criticize. The yarn was sort of disappointing. It sheds a lot. It claims to have 30% alpaca in it, but it's really scratchy. Even after I washed it, it, it didn't get any softer. It didn't grow, either, which I thought was weird because seed stitch always grows...but everything fits, so no harm. :)

Overall, it'll serve its function well, so I can't complain. It is really cute and it is out of my WIP pile, so I'm really happy about it. You'll be seeing a lot of my old WIPs becoming FOs in the next few months. It's time to get them done and out of the back of my mind! I'll have to tell you about the duel I'm doing to keep me motivated.

Have a fabulous weekend! Any plans? The orchard sounds like a fun trip to me. Or finishing Water for Elephants in the hammock. Maybe you have other fall activities in mind? I'd love to know!

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  1. Seed stitch is a BEAST (especially since I throw my yarn). I think your cardigan turned out very cute.

    1. Oh gosh, I've never thrown seed stitch! I bet that is rough. :/ Thanks! :)

  2. i love this sweater! i should totally make a stay-at-work cardigan for my freeeeeeezing work building!

    i worked on a seed stitch sweater last year and expected to find it ridiculously annoying and labor intensive... but it never was. maybe my dread of it lessened the reality of it?

    1. I LOVE that sweater! Maybe I'll have seed stitch amnesia soon enough that I can knit one. :) Honestly, I think everything bulky annoys me a little bit, so it could have been that more than the pattern stitch.


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