craft, knitting, wool

a Knitting beast

Well,,  we’re as happy as can Bee, My little Cria and me !

I must say,, its coming along rather fast too. Mind you, I have done little else craftwise and I am perfectly content to pick up this knitting whenever I find a slot during the day or night. Hubby in there complaining his feet are sticking to the kitchen floor and something about mopping. Blah Blah. (Doesn’t he know I have more pressing issues??)

So around page 8 of this pattern ( on Yoke, continued) it says ‘repeat last 4 rows 5 more times. Well, I noticed of course after those 5 rows were finished that I had mistakingly repeated the last 2 rows 5 times more. Bah ! Stupid…so I then had a decision to make. This part was the gradual Make 1 on either side of the sleeve cuffs you see pictured above. So instead of mine increases being over 4 rows, they were over 2. So basically my sleeves were going to puff right out till next week. Decisions = Pull out 300 x 10 stitches (two days work).. or puff. I took the puff. I did the two first rows 5 times afterwards to make sure I had the same number of rows complete. All seems to be just fine.

I do like that this pattern is different, interesting, all done completely in the round with no seams or piecing. I love this Malabrigo yarn. I love knitting patterns that go from the top down, so you can try them on and see how the sizing is going.

When Hubby came home from school to whisk me away to the police department this arvo, (fingerprinting for immigration – don’t worry)… I was still wearing my little Cria as shown in the last pic. I sure am happy and It feels so great to finally make something knitted for ME !!

I don’t know why I haven’t before now. So It’s a bit of a sudden compulsion I must admit. The kids are saying make me this , i’d love a sweater mum, but I can’t even hear them. I am thinking already of what else I’m going to make for ME. Hmn. Will it be February Lady Sweater, Melia, Olive, Coraline ? I love them all. Hey, I’ve got some Dk wool – (stashed here) … and I would like to tweak one of the above patterns to suit this wool. Most say a heavier gauge wool, like a worsted. But I see several others have used a Dk, so to do this does one go up a needle size to get the right gauge? Is that how we do it? I like Dk, its easier to wear inside or under a coat without feeling like a penguin or getting too hot. I’d love your advice anyway. I need more experience on knit tweaking. Perhaps a bit of Elizabeth Zimmerman Reading would guide me in the right direction….

Have you a favorite knitted cardigan pattern you’ve done? I’ll add it to my list as well ! Happy Knitting all !!!



15 thoughts on “a Knitting beast

  1. yes, the knitting obsession… well, the coraline is calling for dk and olive (LOVE it) is using a fingering weight. i have some dk tosh that knits up as a worsted (i’ve no idea why) so i would make a gauge for your stashed wool. your cria is adorable and knitting up so quickly, i would opt for that too over kitchen floors. i am going to have to make the olive, i’m going back now to add it to my queue…


    Posted by Lori | September 12, 2011, 3:07 pm
  2. Lovely yarn. Your Cria is going to be beautiful!
    I haven’t knit it yet but the Shalom is still popular and is fairly adjustable.

    You should knit a gauge swatch in the yarn you want to use trying different needle sizes until you hit gauge or at least close to and then you can adjust which size you choose to knit. I can never get gauge (I am a tight knitter) it is one of the reasons I don’t knit socks I’m sure only the littlest one would be able to wear socks I tried to knit for me.

    Lovely stitch markers too ;)

    Enjoy your knitting, the kitchen floor will still be there when you have finished!


    Posted by elflyn | September 12, 2011, 10:28 pm
  3. Gorgeous knitting. I like the idea of top down though I have not done one yet.
    Glad the OOps worked okay.
    Yep – knitting sure beats sticky floors and a mop!


    Posted by mistea | September 14, 2011, 8:27 am
  4. I love the yarn for this and the sleeves look fine! Its so nice to knit something for yourself!


    Posted by Sam | September 14, 2011, 10:30 am
  5. It’s looking great (and puff sleeves sound like they’ll look really cute). It’s funny, I’m sure I’m the only knitter making this pattern who isn’t enjoying it at all. But I love the way it looks so I shall persevere!


    Posted by Natalie | September 14, 2011, 10:34 am
  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Absolutely love the color and it really looks very pretty on you.


    Posted by Anke | September 14, 2011, 1:05 pm
  7. Ha! I should be scrubbing the floor right now or at least whisking a broom over it but you’ve caught me – I’d rather be doing anything with yarn instead!


    Posted by Jen Letts | September 14, 2011, 3:45 pm
  8. Looks fabulous! I love knitting all in one piece, top down-nothing better than that :)


    Posted by swanski | September 14, 2011, 3:47 pm
  9. Hmmm…this sounds familiar. I finally broke down and mopped my floors this morning. Though I was the one complaining about sticky floors.

    I love your Cria!


    Posted by accountantgrrl | September 14, 2011, 4:11 pm
  10. I love the colors. Great knitting and decision making, I think I would have done the same!


    Posted by Erin @ Wild Whispers | September 14, 2011, 7:38 pm
  11. Looks really good! Enjoy making things for yourself – it’s very easy as a mum to put everyone else first all the time. :)


    Posted by Seaweedandraine | September 15, 2011, 6:37 am
  12. Hiya, just popped over to respond to your question left on my blog :) Um, I don’t actually know the answer! You’re a little bit ahead of me, I have another 5 rows before I finish the 37 in pattern ;) I read ahead and got a bit confused, so I know what you mean. Sorry, I’m no help at all, am I?!


    Posted by Natalie | September 15, 2011, 8:06 am
  13. hi there, that little sweater looks just great! you left a question about the collar of my shalom on my blog. i have read many times that the cable cast on works for making it look not too baggy! you could also start with fewer stitches and then just increase a little more when you reach the yoke. the shalom in lettuce that i am making right now has many many moderations so technically it’s not a shalom anymore, but i do love using that simple pattern as a base for trying out new stuff. good luck with your knitting! i’d like to keep up so i’ll friend you on ravelry.


    Posted by sylvia - artsy ants | September 16, 2011, 1:29 am
  14. wow, its looking gorgeous! much more impressive then mopped floors if you ask me (or many other knitters im sure:)


    Posted by karen | September 16, 2011, 4:09 am
  15. Oh how I love this sweater! Such great colors, too. Much more satisfying than a mopped floor, I’d say.


    Posted by Kathy | September 16, 2011, 5:21 pm

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