if I don’t do it now…..

I’ll just never blog. I sometimes come up with blog posts in my head, but just never write them down. I guess thinking about it feels ‘done’ to me. I’ve also just been slacking, doing some boring stockinette knitting that I’ll show later, sneaking in a trip to nyc for a couple of days, and dreading the upcoming warm weather. what I haven’t had a chance to do is get a proper photo of my finished 28thirty.

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pattern: 28thirty
yarn: debbie bliss pure cashmere, duck egg (04, sometimes “light blue”)
needles: 5 mm, 24″ and dpn’s
buttons: seven from albert zoll
date started: 2.14.08
date finished: 3.12.08

sorry for the lousy pic, but I’ve been too busy wearing the sweater to bother blocking it (gasp!!). oh and yesterday was about 75 degrees and I started sweating as soon as I put the damn thing on.
let’s see what I can remember a month later! I obviously love the finished sweater since it’s been a wardrobe staple since binding off, but this doesn’t mean it was an error free knit. first things first, I changed the side the button band to match the pattern image instead of the written pattern, changed the buttonholes to k1, ssk, double yo, k2tog, k1, and used mirrored decreases for the shaping. no biggies really. I got into trouble when I started on the sleeves, when I somehow I entered a math black hole.

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love the buttons!
I worked on one sleeve three different ways. the first time the sleeve was huge even though the body seemed to fit perfectly. so I frogged back and started the sleeve decreases earlier. by the time I got to the elbow I could see that the sleeve was still huge and now had a lovely pouch from the underarm to the elbow. the third time around I frogged the sleeves and part of the body; I had already done less raglan increases than the pattern suggests but I had to remove quite a few more to get both the body and sleeves to fit. I still don’t think it’s perfect but it works (and I was tired of trying to figure out why I wasn’t getting the right measurements even with spot on stitch and row gauge) . once I figured that out, I knit the sleeves on the car ride up to boston and noticed that my little yarn stash was quickly diminishing and I still had the body to finish! thankfully I found two more hanks (their last two!) at knit & needlepoint on newberry st. that matched exactly. I ended up using the second hank to bind off. : (

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I think I shed a tear or two when weaving in alllllll those ends. housekeeping was wondering why I wasn’t leaving the room (they even called!) while I was sewing the buttons and wondering how many hanks I actually used. I’m going to say at least 18 but probably 20 or 21. want to know a little secret? I didn’t weave in the ends in the sleeves. yeah, at that point I just wanted to wear it already! the yarn is super warm and it’s soft (as cashmere should be) but I still love the laines du nord I used before more. I found the lnd to be lighter in feel (it has a different type of plying) and a bit softer. I also thought the db cashmere had more guard hairs in it that should’ve been cleaned out. but, obviously, this hasn’t stopped me from constantly wearing this for the last month.

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  • Heather April 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Love the color, yours is the first one I’ve seen in Blogland that’s made me want to do one…

  • Lynn April 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    It looks gorgeous! I’m working on the same sweater but hit a stand-still with the sleeves. They’re way too large and I just need to suck it up and start over.

  • winnie April 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    such a pretty color, and i love the buttons that you picked to match the cardigan. Housekeeping? You were in a hotel while you were trying to seam? LoL..

  • gleek April 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    yours looks great! gorgeous color 🙂

  • LizKnits April 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Wow that sweater looks great and love the color!

  • soknitpicky April 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    That is a just beautiful!

  • melissa April 11, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    i love it too. the color looks great on you.
    i really should make one of these.

  • yaiAnn April 11, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    LAZY! Weave in those ends! 😉 How I *heart* that color sooo..

  • pretendingsanity April 11, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I’m working on the Tree Jacket right now and am having fit issues as well. My gauge isn’t spot on, but even if it was… I also noticed that the pattern didn’t match the picture either. oh well, it’s super cute anyway.

  • Elizabeth April 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    It’s just lovely. That color is perfection. How amazing that must be in cashmere!!

  • maryse April 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    this is really adorable and i love the color with those buttons.

  • Hanna April 12, 2008 at 12:56 am

    It looks AMAZING! I love the length – it took me by surprise, since I’ve been drawn to hip/tunic length lately. But this just seems so fresh, lively, and perfect for spring!

  • Robyn April 12, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Wow
    I love love love your sweater…great job!

  • lekkercraft April 12, 2008 at 8:55 am

    It’s beautiful – I really love that color, and the purple buttons. The cashmere must be lovely to wear.

  • Peacock Chic April 12, 2008 at 10:02 am

    super cute. Love the color. Glad you are making great use out of a wonderful handknit.

  • Wanda April 12, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Cool sweater! It really turned out well Yahaira. You know it’s good when you wear it all the time and are too busy to stop and blog it!

  • Teyani April 12, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    love it. It’s yummy. And I think that if I had made it, I would have trouble ever wanting to take it off (grin)
    I am totally falling on the floor laughing about the wearing it without blocking it…. it’s so fun to know that you do that too!

  • jenna April 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    So glad to hear a rave review for this cardi! I lOOOve the color. Yum.

  • Annarella April 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I love it! Love it! Love it! Absolutely love it! Looks perfect on you xx

  • Steph April 14, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Very very pretty! That cashmere must feel wonderful.

  • michaela April 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    That turned out super-cute! I love the color!

  • tiennie April 15, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    It’s wonderful on you! Love the color!

  • Kathleen December 26, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Hello.
    After searching for Cashsilk Laines Du Nord, color brown#6, your notes popped up. I am almost finished a man’s sweater with colorwork on cuff/waist, but mostly the sweater is brown. I still have to do the ribbing around the whole v-neck and have run out of yarn. If you have any leftover brown, would you be willing to sell it to me? I’ve used e-bay, so I have a paypal account. If you want more info, I could even send you a photo of the project and my phone # or something. Please reply, even if you don’t have leftover or aren’t keen on helping. Thanks! …temporarily sad knitter, Kathleen