Thursday, February 9, 2012

Knit In Progress: Juicy Tart Cardigan

Tart MadTosh w-needles
I should totally be knitting on my über old UFOs, but instead I'm working away on a project that was cast on during my recent bout with Starteritis.  Remember that photo of the yummy pile of red Madelinetosh Chunky yarn that I had in my Fresh Start post?  Well, I'm turning it into a Golden Wheat cardigan.  Yes, another Veera Välimäki pattern.  What can I say? I have obsessive tendencies.  I'm nothing if not predictable and loyal.

There's really not much to say about this project.  I had the yarn sitting on top of my nightstand (mistake number one right there), waiting to be catalogued and put away when I couldn't take it any more.  The luscious red known as Tart kept calling my name and practically jumped off the table and begged me to knit with it.  All dazed and confused, I don't even remember winding all five skeins into cakes.  It was like I was in a yarn-induced coma.  I had cast on and knitted about 2" of the collar before abandoning it for the next shiny yarn that came along.  I'm such a project hussy sometimes.

WIP - Juicy Tart

I didn't pick up this project again until I was stuck in quarantine.  It was during that time that I had knit up the body...and it wasn't easy either.  The pattern itself is seriously easy peasy but the state that I was in, I was having a world of issues!  I was screwing up left and right.  I should have put the whole project away and tried knitting on something else but I'm so freakin' stubborn .  I couldn't let the pattern get the better of me.  I was determined to make it my bitch.  Eventually I did, but only after having to rip and reknit the collar a handful of times.  I don't know why counting garter ridges was so bloody hard for me to do.  Or why I couldn't remember which side the button holes went on.  Um, yeah...the side that already had 2 button holes?!  I'm sure it would have been painful to watch me knit during those few days.

I decided that instead of immediately putting this project down to work on other things, I would try to get it finished ASAP.  It only needs sleeves and it would be utterly foolish of me to put it back into the knitting basket this close to completion, right?  I think the only thing that could stall this project any longer would be the hunt for the perfect buttons.  Maybe I should get a head start and try to find some this weekend.  Now there's a thought.  

Ok sleeves, it's go time!

6 comments:

  1. pretty! that's going to look so nice, and I bet the chunky yarn is a dream to knit with!

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    1. The Chunky is very lovely to work with. It's so squishy soft. It has great stitch definition and now I'm wondering if I should have picked a pattern that had more detail to show that off. Oh well, I've been thinking of this pattern/yarn match up for a while now. So I'm not too worried about it! :)

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  2. I love the look of this cardigan, and the yarn is gorgeous! Can't wait to see more!

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  3. I can't wait to see your FO, this looks absolutely gorgeous so far!

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    1. Thanks Jane! I'm hoping this will become an FO before the month is over!

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