I did it! I finished the garter stitch cardigan and I’m so relieved…. and pleased at the cuteness factor too! It lay on top of wool mountain for a couple of days, looking forlorn, until I picked it up and finished it at the request of my good friend Sandra who wanted to see it completed. I’ve had the most fabulous afternoon today, soaking up the sunshine with two of my dear friends… we got together to knit but I’m sure that more eating and drinking occured than knitting, but I’ll tell you about that in my next post! Today is all about the completion of the garter stitch cardigan.
Oh, and the cleaning too…. I’ve been going crazy cleaning my house. It began on Boxing Day when I started on my kitchen cupboards and I haven’t really stopped since. I had no idea I had hoarded so much CRAP! Bags and bags full of junk are in my car, waiting to be discovered at the op shop by some crafty upcycler who will be thrilled to find a bag of random granny squares I made when I was learning to crochet, or knitting needles that I can’t use because they clatter when I knit with them….
I’ve been so intent on my mission to declutter my home I’ve started nagging KB to sort through her things, and today as I was telling her my plans to wash the bedroom walls and weed the garden, she said with a concerned look: “I hope you’re not going to declutter me and Raymond from the house…” We shall see….. I believe that our internal world reflects our external world, and vice versa, and I’m feeling the difference in my own personal energy vibration as I clean and cleanse all of the corners and nooks in our home…. getting prepared for the shift into 2011… I’m excited!
I’m not going to show you before and after shots of my mess and crap, but I will show you my corner…. my special spot in the house which I overhauled after Wool Mountain erupted and I couldn’t take it anymore. I dissembled it, bagged it into sock wool, variegated, 10ply and “special” categories and stashed it in my wardrode in big click-clack containers, and now have two modest baskets containing my crochet wool. And sitting in the corner now is blissfully peaceful.
Raymond agrees. I love catching him sleeping like that, in that tiny tight little ball! He looks soooooo cute and has no idea I’m even in the room, let alone taking a picture of him to show all of his loving fans…
OK. Enough yacking about cleaning….. Onto the garter stitch cardigan. I wanted to put a little bird on this one because I couldn’t put picot edging on…. I wanted this one to be right for a boy or a girl, without being tooooooo gender specific! I love these little birds, the pattern is from Debbie Stoller’s book “the Happy Hooker” and I’ve made so many of them!
Long legs or short legs?
Long works…. But I’m not the best embroiderer, so it has a bit of a limp!!! tee hee
This is going to be a veeeeeeery warm cardigan… I knitted it from Ashford Tekapo 8ply wool, which is my second favourite wool after Perendale, I love Ashford but it looks a bit rough when it has been knitted up. I mentioned this to Mum and she said that it’s a strong wool, so good for outdoor garments, rather than wool like merino which is not as hard-wearing. I’ll agree with that! So hopefully it will be a long lasting well loved by somebody cardigan!
I get sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many comments asking which Debbie Bliss book I got the pattern from, and the pattern for the Raglan sweater too… well…. Today I was given a Christmas present from my friend Sandra (remember her from a few posts ago?) which was truly amazing. Lucky me!!!
We call this the Bible and I highly recommend you get yourself onto Amazon or wherever you buy your books online and order one now! It is such a great book, full of simple patterns for beginner knitters like me…. (thank you Sandra!)
OK then lovelies… this is my last post for 2010 and I’d like to end it by saying………………………******THANK YOU*****……………………..
I’ve been blogging for 8 months now and have been having a blast. I love the interactive part of blogging the most I have to admit… Getting to know so many like-minded people (by that I mean obsessive compulsive yarn addicts) has been great and I love reading your comments about your own craft, families, cats and lives as well as your appreciation of course too! Relationships and sharing the love and good feelings is so important for our well-being and by opening myself up here in crochet blogland, my life has become much enriched by all of the personalities that have popped in. I checked my stats for the month just before, and the total was 35,000 visits for December…. I hope that all of you have had fun visiting Raymond and me, and left with some happy vibes, colour therapy and inspiration!
I’m off to eat ginger crunch now….
Have a beautiful day!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX