December-One Monthly Goal

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the December One Month Goal.  I get to choose any project I wish that uses fabric, thread and/or yarn.  I then set a goal and try to meet that goal by the end of the month.  This goal has been previously made (without success of completing) …img_4834

This is the Dubline Cardigan being knit for my oldest daughter.  The goal for December is to finish the sweater and start the hood.  The hood is attached to live stitches at the top of the sweater.  Wish me luck!!

One Monthly Goal-September Finish/October Goal

At the beginning of this month I discovered Elm Street Quilts blog.  She runs a monthly goal post.  I decided to join to see if I can push myself to get the Dubline Cardigan for DD#1 done in time for winter this year.  My goal was to finish knitting the sleeves and attach them to the body of the sweater.  This is a raglan type sweater so after the sleeves are attached, the raglan shaping can begin.  This is where I was at the beginning of the month.

The body of the sweater was ready for the sleeves, but the sleeves were not quite long enough.  DD wants them long enough that they touch her knuckles and have a thumb hole.  The pattern calls for the sleeves to be 14.25 inches long (this seems kind of short anyway), but her arm measurement from the armpit to the desired length was 24 inches.  I added the necessary length.img_4378

And now…the sleeves are attached and I can begin the raglan shaping.  My goal for October is to finish the raglan shaping and be ready to start the hood.  Wish me luck!!

One Monthly Goal

I thought I would join up with Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal challenge.  Basically I select a project of my choice, set a goal for the month, blog at the beginning of the month and then at the end.  I’m going to use this to try to get the Dubline Cardigan done for my daughter.  So…  the goal for this month is to finish the sleeves,img_4238

They need a couple more inches.  They are longer than the patterns calls for, but DD#1 wants them long enough to have thumb holes in them.  AND…

attach them to the body of the sweater.  The color is more accurate in the photo of the sleeves, but I love showing the cables.  I really enjoy doing cables and this pattern is perfect.  Wish me luck!

Dubline Cardigan #2 Progress

The Dubline Cardigan has not gotten any air time lately.  This is because I have been a little stalled on  it.  It’s not because I don’t like it, I absolutely do.  It’s not because there are any mistakes, there are none-so far.  I really like the yarn and the pattern.  There is no explanation as to why I don’t work on this.  I have been knitting on it once a week at our knitting group, but not any other time.  There is progress, but it is slow going.


Lovely cables.

It is now 10″ long in total, 7 3/4″ from the top of the ribbing on the back.  Before adding in the sleeves, this needs to be 17 1/4″ from the top of the ribbing to the needle.  LOTS more knitting to do!



I really like the way it looks and more importantly, my daughter likes it!img_0976

This is where it was the last time I posted about it – so I guess I have made good progress.  Now I just have to keep it up!

Road Trip

On our way for an impromptu camping trip.  Camping is so much fun!!!  Traffic getting to our site; however, was not such great fun.  Good thing I brought my entertainment.

Dubline Cardigan #2

Sweater progress for another daughter.  This Knit Picks Swish Worsted is really a dream to knit with – it is so soft and is not splitty at all.

Dubline Cardigan update

I finally finished both the sleeves and the body of this cardigan and was able to put everything all on one long circular needle.  

Then I stalled out for a bit while figuring out all the decreases.  Well, yesterday at my knitting group, I had time to really look at the directions and now know what to do!!  After knitting several rows, it looks fabulous and it feels great to be in the home stretch of this project!!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cables!!

Cable Oops!

I have been working on a cabled sweater for one of my daughters and while it is a challenging knit, I have been really enjoying it.  Until…


Cable turning the wrong way.

I took a look at my work and realized that one of the cables was not crossing the way it was supposed to.  ARGH!!  I tried to convince myself that it would be “OK” and no one would notice, but I couldn’t do it.


The sweater marked where I had to pull out.

I put a double pointed needle in the place where I had to rip down to.  Just FYI…it was 11 rows down and encompassed 20 stitches.  EEEEK!!  Did I mention I had never done this before?!


The “live” stitches before I began ripping.

I made sure that I knew exactly where I was on the cable chart before I began ripping these stitches out.


All 11 rows ripped back.

This was really the scariest part.  All that yarn, all those stitches!!  I had very diligently erased my marks on the chart as I ripped each row out.  I also counted the live stitches each row to make sure I still had 20.


The “live” stitches picked back up onto a double pointed needle.

I managed to get all the stitches on a needle without twisting them or letting them drop down any farther.  I am using a dpn in the same size as the rest of the knitting.


The mess of pulled out yarn.

At first it was difficult to determine which piece of yarn to use for which row, but I soon recognized how to figure that out.  Not too hard – just don’t think about it too much!


The half way mark.

The cable is fixed and I am at the half way mark (5 1/2 rows) to getting back to where I was before all the ripping started.


Cables back where they should be!

WHEW!!  It is done – it only took 2 hours of intense concentration and everything is as it should be.  I learned so much from this – I always learn more from my mistakes than from anything else.  Hopefully, I won’t have to repeat this again!!