I am horribly excited about this. I was going to save this for my next post because it would be my 100th, but I couldn’t wait. (I also don’t have anything else to post about.) I was going to hold out until tomorrow so I could post this earlier in the day, but here I am at 9PM! I am giddy and proud to present my first sweater pattern, Miette. Download Miette here.
I decided to name the pattern after a character in the film La Cité Des Enfants Perdus who always wore red. I was watching that movie while I worked on this version of the cardigan and I decided that Miette the character and Miette the cardigan suited each other.
By the way, these are the pictures that I liked but couldn’t go in the pattern. This one didn’t make the cut because it has so much random stuff and you can’t see the tree branch I grabbed. Can you spy the blue truck, horse trailer, gate with Christmas lights, and/or well pump?
Anyways, Miette is a free download on Ravelry. The cardigan is actually not too bad to wear in the summer because I knit it using Cascade Sierra, though today it was 100+ out. Not really cardigan weather. I’ve described this design too many times in posts so if you’d like to read more about the cardigan, please check out the first version or download the pattern.
Now all I have to do is figure out where the sweater is packed away and where the needles are boxed up. Ick. All of my stuff is still in boxes from moving from school to my parents’. I’m currently kicking it in the guest bedroom because my mom and I are repainting my old bedroom. All of my things are boxed up in the garage. I guess my room is currently my big craft project. Not a lot of knitting has been happening since I got back to California.
What’s missing? Button bands and a neck band. I ran out of yarn. I knew I should have gotten that extra skein of yarn. Oops. Because of this, I’ve already cast on cardigan #3. I’m testing out the smaller size. I’m going to wait to order the last skein I need for the above cardigan until I’m at my parents’ because Jimmy Beans ships so quickly.
Thank you for all the good luck wishes and/or sympathy about my finals! I have one left tomorrow and then it’s packing time.
This poor fellow doesn’t have a proper name. It’s probably because of the way Ravelry is set up but I have gotten into the habit of naming my knits. I have two methods for naming them. I name them after something they look like or remind me of or I name them after the TV show I was watching when I knit them. When I knit this I watched Battlestar Galactica and Hornblower. What am I going to call my sweater from those two shows? Battlestar Indefatigable Cardigan? I think not. By the way, for those of you who think I watched these shows at the same time on purpose, it took IMDB for me to realize that Archie Kennedy and Lee Adama are played by the same guy. I might not be the most observant person ever. Anyways, that’s enough nerdiness. Onto the nameless blue cardigan!
I had been wanting a short spring cardigan to go with my summer dresses. This is what I came up with.
It actually turned out just like my sketch. That almost never happens. I usually change my mind or a detail halfway through.
The sweater was an amazingly quick project. It took me maybe three weeks including the time it took to work out all of the eyelet patterns and math.
The speed of the project is a good thing because I’m probably going to have to knit another one. I love this and have been wearing it quite a bit but I’m afraid to wear it with light colored clothing. Why, you ask? This is why:
My roommate Hunter said we should put it in a cup and tell one of his friends that it’s Powerade. That was before I rinsed it. I rinsed it five times before I gave up. It just kept bleeding dye. I had read that this yarn bled a lot but I just assumed that it would be like Cascade 220. It bleeds but then it stops. This never stopped bleeding. I knew it would bleed when I bought it and I knew it would fade slightly.
This I did not expect. See how some rows are a shade lighter than others? THE SWEATER WAS A SOLID COLOR BEFORE I WASHED IT. The stupid yarn faded unevenly! What the hell? I’m extremely annoyed about that. If I had wanted lightly variegated yarn, THAT IS WHAT I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT! Meh… So I think I’m going to reknit this out of a different yarn. I love the actual sweater and I loved working with the yarn. I just hate how the dye bled.