Going Cabled Knitting Project

I’m not afraid to try new things, but sometimes I do go overboard. I fancied trying a pattern with cables, so I went on the hunt and found something I liked. It had cables, but not just one set. It had four!

Plus, just to spice things up a bit, I decided to chose a pattern that incorporated part of the back with the front, and the neckband all in one piece.

The cables themselves are not difficult — fiddly, but not difficult. I experienced issues with the cable needle (it had a mind of its own) and decided to throw caution to the wind and not use one, choosing to just remove the stitches from the needle. Worked well for me, but it can be dangerous so be careful.

The first half, as pictures to the right above, starts in the middle of your back and is worked around your side and up the front. It wasn’t hard once I got used to the pattern itself and the shaping. But when I had to pick up the stitches and work in the opposite direction, that proved more difficult because I had to reverse the shaping, which was confusing. The second half took a while to conquer, but I got there in the end.

Once all the pieces were knitted, it took me quite some time to work out how the pieces fitted together. Eventually, I laid the pieces on the table as if they had been sawn together and that’s when I realised what I had to do.

The pattern is called Get Cabled Shrug designed by Alice Tang and is available for free download.

This was an intermediate pattern and took me some time to knit, about six weeks. I used 8 ply acrylic wool.

I’m happy with the end result and know I’ll wear the shrug. I love the colour and I decided to add an invisible hook and eye to keep the shrug in place, rather than knit the recommended cord.

The Patter of Little Feet

I started knitting, and even tried my hand at crochet, over the winter months. I’ve knitted for years, and although I don’t consider myself advanced, I do like to try different things. Stops the boredom.

My first project was small and quick to help get in the mood. There’s nothing like starting and finishing something on the same day to inspire me. Besides I knew a couple of young ladies who were/are expecting their first baby and thought I’d make something for them.

I knitted a pink and blue pair of these simple booties. Honestly, they are quick to knit up and easy to sew together. In fact, the video that I used was made especially for beginners. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/BgJ788BdFng

I knew one of the women was having a baby girl (I say was because she has given birth to her gorgeous daughter about a month or so ago). The other woman has decided not to know the gender of her baby, so it will be a surprise when the time comes.

With this in mind, I decided to make a newborn baby cardigan for each of them. Naturally, I made a pink one for the little girl, but not knowing the sex of the other, I went for a multi-coloured yarn for the other baby.

I chose this pattern because it is knitted in one piece, from the neck down, which I had never attempted before. In case you’re interested, the 5 Hour Knit Baby Sweater pattern can be found here.

It took me longer than five hours, but I easily completed one cardigan in two or three sittings (depending on the length of each sitting). The biggest issue, for me, was how to fix the underarm area. The yarn stretches a fair bit, leaving an unsightly mess to be honest. Or, maybe it was just me. Anyway, I had to return to YouTube to find a tutorial on how to fix that, but (sorry) I’m unable to find the video that I used now.

The end result was great. Add a few buttons and the cardigan is done. For the little girl, I also knitted a beanie to match the cardigan as she was born in the middle of winter. I won’t bother knitting one for the other baby as it will be a late spring baby and won’t need one.

Anyway, the cardigans, the booties and the beanie were my first knitting projects for the year. I enjoyed knitting them, but wanted to spread my wings and try something a bit harder next. I’ll write another post about that soon.

Crafty Musings

2020 was meant to be put aside for that mystery project I mentioned at the end of last year or beginning of this year. Can’t remember which. And I did dedicate a lot of time to editing/rewriting that project in the first half of the year, which I’m extremely happy with.

However, with the return of ET (it’s a medical issue I have), I’ve had to dump all previous plans and find new hobbies. It’s only short term, I hope.

Once I started back on the injections I found I was unable to read for long period of times. Fifteen or twenty minutes is it for me. But even that isn’t whenever I want to read. I have to pick and chose depending on how I’m feeling on the day. Some days, reading is out of the question. And to be honest, I don’t want to fluff my way through several chapters only to discover later that I wrecked the whole thing and have to redo those chapters. I prefer to wait until I’m feeling better and then pick up where I left off.

So no writing, very little reading, what else can I feel my time with. I feel weak and get light headed quickly, so walking is out too. All my favourite things. I needed to find new favourite things. Even if it is temporarily.

I still manage a little bit of gardening, as long as I’m not on my feet for too long. Again, depending on the day it can vary between five minutes and about thirty minutes (mostly the former). I enjoy gardening because of the vibrant colours, the fresh air, and it’s satisfying. But it’s quite tiring.

My days have become filled with knitting, watching Netflix (I just finished Season 4 of The Last Kingdom), and playing easy games on my iPad. After five weeks of this, I have to admit that I’m starting to get a bit … stir crazy. Or maybe I could say I have Cabin Fever. Of course, COVID-19 hasn’t helped.

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now. But, be warned, I might post some photos of my crafty musings for you to roll your eyes at.