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On Finishing Things

by Tara

For the past few months I've been working on a baby cardigan for Tyler's sister, Amanda. I rarely follow patterns but I decided it would be best to have one for this project if I wanted it to be really nice for the new baby. When I picked the pattern I would be using, I chose it based on its very high cute-ness level (just look at it!!), and the fact that it seemed pretty straightforward.

Little did I know at the time, the pattern would contain countless techniques I'd never encountered. This coupled with the time consuming task of riding a bicycle around the world has turned what I thought would be a fun side project into a months-long crusade.

Luckily for a future adorable little baby, I am no longer an excitably disorganized person that starts lots of projects with gusto and good intentions and then lets them fizzle in order to move on to the next new thing. Thanks largely to this trip, and to the example of Tyler's obscenely laser-like focus, I am now "The Finisher".

And so, with one tiny (sometimes very confusing) step at a time, I've slowly been approaching the completion of this cardigan.

Today was the day for blocking—a process I'd always been too scared of and too lazy to do on previous projects. Somehow I managed to find cheap pins at the only store open on a Sunday. Then, I got to work dribbling water on my pieces and pinning them neatly to our room's thick wool blanket, measuring to make sure the pieces were relatively uniform.

I've never been one for neatness, exactness, or measuring, so this was a big deal for me. To my pleasure, it wasn't too difficult. My hands were all pruney from the water by the time I was done, but I had all my cardigan sections nicely pinned down and drying in place!

Cardigan Blocking

(Note the cable ties Tyler inventively provided for stitch holders!)

Now I just need to finish the hood, block it, finish the neck band, knit the pocket edges, sew on the buttons, weave in the loose ends, sew it all together…

One step at a time.

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adorable! and very ambitious! I haven't attempted anything even close to as advanced as a sweater yet, so I'm very impressed with you. We just found out Jamie's sister is expecting a boy so I'm working on a gift for her - a crochet ripple blanket. I need to advance my knitting skills beyond knit one purl one so I can make cute sweaters like this though, wow!
Posted by Sarah on March 25th, 2010 at 9:35 AM
Tara you are so cute! It looks adorable and I am sure baby will look CUTE! Can't wait for you guys to get home :)
Posted by Amanda on March 25th, 2010 at 10:24 AM
Sarah - Thank you! Congrats on the new niece or nephew, maybe Isaac will like hanging out with his cousin. Can't wait to read about your progress on the blanket!
Heehee, the sweater is cute, but there's all those pieces to sew together... just like granny squares.

Amanda - I'm so glad you like it! It's a super soft cashmere blend, but easily washable so its mom-friendly.

WE MISS YOU! Just think -- we're on the home stretch! Sort of...

Love to you and Paulie!
Posted by Tara on March 25th, 2010 at 6:14 PM