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The Boxy Cardigan that isn’t so Boxy

I finished the cardigan I talked about in my last post. It was so fun to make and it only took me just over a week to finish it. I experimented with fitting it through the waist area with knit one, purl one ribbing as I didn’t want it so boxy.  I am very pleased with the way it came out and it is sooooo warm.  Check out our new style of labels that includes care instructions on the back–I couldn’t resist sewing one into the neckline of my sweater. IMG_0515IMG_0516 IMG_0517

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On the needles-First Project of 2014

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  I know I did and when our business slowed down for a couple of days, I was able to get some “me” time in which means knitting! Also in this post, our first giveaway for the new year.

I went to Webs yarn store In Northampton and used my gift cards to purchase some yarn to make the Boxy cardigan I had my eye on. It’s a free pattern from Cascade yarns.  It called for Magnum Cascade yarn, which is a bulky yarn and I was all set to purchase it until I spotted the bulky yarn next to it.  It was much softer and looked like the yarn was braided.  The Magnum yarn looked like it would break easily and I liked the color choices of the other yarn better. So I scooped up 6 skeins of Ushya Miraso, a very luxurious bulky yarn spun in Peru.  It is by far the nicest feeling yarn that I have ever knit with.  The sweater is knit on size 17 needles so it goes fast. I call it my week long sweater.  I already have the back, 2 sleeves and the left front done and I am already feeling that sadness of “the sweater is almost done and I won’t be able to feel that soft warm yarn between my fingers anymore”.  Here is the progress so far: FrontBoxyCardiganThis is the left front of the sweater. I ended up doing some shaping about 6″ up from the bottom on the front and back as I wanted it to be a little more fitted than boxy.And here is one of the sleeves and a pic of the yarn I used.sleeve   I will post the finished sweater as soon as I am done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now to the giveaway. We will be giving away one set of our new “Autographed” labels. These are our own design and are copyrighted. We are able to take your signature and transfer it to our labels. We haven’t seen anything out there like this and it’s just one step further to personalize your handmade garments. You can have Knit by, Crocheted by, Handmade by or Made by on your labels. All you have to do is subscribe to my blog and comment on this post by telling us if you got in any extra knitting between the holidays and what is on your needles.  The contest is open from January 4th to January 11, 2014. Winner will be chosen on January 12th.  One  winner will be  chosen by the WordPress plug in “And the Winner Is”. Winner will receive one set of 30 labels, measuring 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ heat transferred onto cotton.  Winner will need to email  a .jpg of their signature (first name only, please) to pamelaparenteau@comcast.net.

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