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April 25, 2005

FO: Elena Cardigan

alt_herenona enjoys writing her knitting blog for many reasons.  For one, it helps me finish my knitting projects -- you know, so nona has something to blog about.  Tonight was a perfect case in point.  I really wanted to blog about finishing my Elena Cardigan for nona-niece-the-hip, but how could I if the darn thing was not done?  Can you say "carrot"?  So, I seamed, wove in ends and did those various finishing things we don't like to do -- let alone talk about.  As a result, nona has a nice little FO to send off tomorrow. 


nona models nona-niece-the-hip's cardigan. 
I'm sure it will look much hipper on nona-niece!

Nona, what did you like about this project?

Overall, this was a very enjoyable project -- once I got over my no schematic pet peeve!  I loved working with this yummy yarn and was surprised that I did not tire of the p3yo3 stitch pattern.  I learned several valuable lessons:

  • When seaming a collar that folds out, remember to put the seam on the right side of the fabric since the wrong side is the public side.  Remembering this subtle point will save you from seaming, ripping, and then seaming again.
  • Short rows is a wonderful way to accommodate different row gauges for patterns worked side by side.

Nona, what would you do differently next time?

I made the smaller of the two possible sizes because I was worried that the cardigan might be too baggy for nona-niece.  However, since the fabric does not have as much give as stockinette stitch, I'm afraid it might not be as "comfy" as nona-niece desires.  Lesson learned -- consider the drape and stretch of the fabric when choosing sizes.

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Comments

Beautiful cardigan, like a stylish jacket. Lucky nona niece.

Posted by: erin | Apr 25, 2005 11:49:16 PM

NONA! It's fabulous. Take your MCS!

Posted by: Jenny | Apr 26, 2005 12:43:54 AM

just GORGEOUS! i'm using that same yarn right now. wonderful job, nona. looks beautiful!

Posted by: froggy | Apr 26, 2005 4:03:31 AM

Now I would find that really hard to part with. Lucky niece, do you want to adopt me?

Posted by: Tracy | Apr 26, 2005 5:06:37 AM

Beautiful! She'll surely love it. I agree wholeheartedly with your 'no schematic' pet peeve and have another with this particular book as well; awful photos that, while they may be flattering to the model herself, don't show what the sweater looks like! There is one in there, Maria is the name I think, that I might would be interested in knitting if I had anything more than a very vague idea of what it looks like. As it is, I'll never attempt it unless I see it finished and worn by another blogger first. Thank you for showing me what Elena actually looks like!

Posted by: Melisa | Apr 26, 2005 6:42:26 AM

I agree with Melissa. I would be nervous
about attempting any of the designs in this
book. The parts which are visible look great,
but I prefer to see the entire garment.
Nona - the sweater looks fabulous on you.
Debbie Bliss will probably ask you to model
her next collection.

Posted by: Judith | Apr 26, 2005 7:26:31 AM

it looks fabulous, definitely wearable as a jacket. feeling kind of envious of nona-niece now

Posted by: anna | Apr 26, 2005 7:52:44 AM

just beautiful! I love the stitch pattern...so jealous of nona-niece!

Posted by: Carolyn | Apr 26, 2005 9:38:38 AM

Very, very hip and attractive!

Posted by: Margene | Apr 26, 2005 11:40:22 AM

Nona

Now Nona-neice needs nothing. NO?


Posted by: kathy b | Apr 26, 2005 7:37:11 PM

ooooooooo! nona-niece is very lucky to have such a nice nona-aunt!

Posted by: Cathy | Apr 27, 2005 4:16:29 AM

nona needs to pretend she has no nona-niece and keep the jacket for herself--it's fabulous! (I'm glad to see this on a real person; the book pic was less than illustrative.)

Posted by: Toni | Apr 28, 2005 10:37:09 AM

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