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Traveling Cardigan – (Finally) Finished Object!

Oh goody gumballs! You made it! Welcome, welcome.

Good news! I finished my sweater.

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If you’ve ever knit or crocheted a sweater, you know the ultra-joy/ecstasy you feel when you finally work that lassssst stitch and then weave in your ends and BOOM! You’re DONE!!!

WHOA!! It makes you think…If I can do this, I can do ANYTHING!

What a rush.

So the hubs and I found this great park here in Charlotte, called Freedom Park. Holy goodness. It’s beautiful. In fact, everything in Charlotte is just so… pretty. The trees are pretty. The grocery stores are pretty. (Crown molding in grocery stores? LOVE IT!). The roads are pretty. The houses are pretty. The people are pretty. I feel like there’s nothing out of place and we’re in a movie or something.

So we headed out to Freedom Park 8 am on a Sunday morning to take some photos and what do you know… tons of people were out, running, walking their dogs and Tim even got asked about doing some photography for some guy. Ha ha!

chandi's blue traveling sweater

Here’s all the deets, cuz I know you’re wondering:

YARN: Merino Wool/Cashmere/Nylon sock yarn in my colorway INK. Can you believe it? It’s out of stock. I only had a few of this color and it sold out before our move. But you know us… always coming out with new colors. If you want to make something similar, just get any fiber that’s a fingering weight and is either wool, cashmere or a blend. Sock yarn would work GREAT!

blue hand knitted cardigan sweater

PATTERN: Yikes. I can’t give you the pattern either. But! You wouldn’t want it, because it was a custom design just for moi. WHAT! Yes. I used Amy Herzog’s CustomFit program. You measure yourself. Test your gauge by knitting a swatch with your yarn and preferred needle size. Decide on the exact type of sweater you want. Then type in all the info and SPEWWWWW… it spits out a pattern just for you. Is it magic? Me thinks. Or Amy Herzog is a genius!

NEEDLES: US Size 7

hand knitted sweater

This sweater started in Fairbanks, AK… we were crazy busy shipping out all the yarn we had in stock, packing for our move, saying good-bye to family and friends…Then we took off down the Alcan (I just learned a few weeks ago that means Alaska Canadian highway. What?!)…I worked on it through Canada…and down through the US. Family visits and reunions and then finally Charlotte.

I worked on it while we lived out of a hotel room, passionately searching for the house of our dreams. I did some stitches while we waited allll Labor Day weekend…..to hear back if we’d gotten our house.

And then the final pieces were knit, blocked and seamed here in our new home (yes, we got it!). And yes, I blocked the pieces into the size/shape they needed to be before seaming them together. You just wet your pieces, squeeze gently, press out the moisture with a towel and pin into shape. I used cardboard as we had a ton of it from all of our new furniture.

blue sweater handmade knitted

And here it is: Your basic stockinette stitch cardigan. No buttons. Twisted rib for the hem and sleeve hem. And regular rib for the banding around the front and collar. 3/4 length sleeves. Took me nearly 2 months to make. (7 weeks, I think?)

hand knitting a blue sweater cardigan

I encourage you to make a sweater if you have a mind to.

Here’s the deal. Sweaters are awesome. Yes, they take weeks to make. Sometimes months. But they teach you so much.

Patience for sure. For sure for sure. They teach you to just enjoy each stitch without trying to rush to the finish. You know as soon as you get finished, you’ll immediately run to your yarn stash and cast on for a new project. Oh, it’s going to happen. We’re addicted, afterall. And I did. In fact, I started 3 (maybe 4?) new projects all at once after finishing the sweater. But I loved every stitch of making it.

blue cardiganYou’ll be so proud of yourself! And who cares if it fits perfectly? It’ll fit somebody!
Boo made me laugh:

boo made me laugh

In further news, I made this rug! It got a TON (oh, my Lord) of comments/likes on Facebook and I got a boatload of messages and emails asking me what it was made out of, how I did it, etc. So we’ll get a video tutorial of it put up for you! It’s just merino wool roving and I crocheted a circle with my fingers using single crochets. Basic!

chandi-giant-rug

I’ll be posting again soon, so stay tuned.

I’m happy you’re here and that you read to the end!

XOXOXO

Chandi

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:00+00:00 September 30th, 2014|Finished Objects, Knitting, Sock Yarn, Sweaters|15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Sharman Brown September 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Glad you finally finished it. I looks wonderful. Sometimes I don’t like it when I finish a special project. I feel lost afterwards even though I’m working on several other pieces. Sort of a let down like the one you get when you finish that good book. 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing the next lovely finished work. Don’t ever stop!!!

  2. Sharon Keller October 1, 2014 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Loved your story of your sweaters birth lol. I enjoy all your pictures. You always inspire me. I enjoy the whole process just as you do. I also like hearing about your new home. Sounds like a wonderful place to start over. I’ve never seen the East coast. It sounds so amazing. Blessings to you both 🙂

  3. Y. Webb October 1, 2014 at 1:33 am - Reply

    Chandi, I LOVE reading your blog…makes me smile!

  4. Marci liggett October 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    So glad you are enjoying this new chapter in your life.

  5. Debbie King October 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Welcome y’all to the south !! Keep inspiring and making people smile !!

  6. TerryLee October 3, 2014 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Hello Chandi

    So glad you finally got to your destiny, your sweater looks wonderful on you. I love your owl necklace, I love owls. You will have to take some pictures of your home when you get settled. All of the wool/yarn that you shared with use is gorgeous. I am trying to save so I can finally order some from you. Looking forward to the new contest when it comes. Maybe I will win it and be able to try some of your wool/yarns lol.
    Enjoy your new home and marriage here’s to looking forward to see what’s next.

    Your Knitting friend TerryLee

  7. Vera Tannenbaum October 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing so much, even of your personal life, with us.
    Dear Chandi,
    I really appreciate you sharing your enthusiasm and your enjoyment. It really comes through to us and is so inspiring.
    You are such a talented young woman. It is amazing how your colorways are
    exactly as you desire them to be. I do not know how you are able to achieve
    the results that you do, but they are truly extraordinary and I love them all.
    Thank you again for the beautiful contribution you are making in our lives.
    May God continue to be with you and your husband in your new location.
    Love and blessings, Vera

  8. Vera Tannenbaum October 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Dear Chandi,
    Thank you for sharing so much, even of your personal life with us. I really
    appreciate your enthusiasm and your enjoyment; it really comes through to
    us and is so inspiring. You are such a talented young woman. It is amazing how your colorways are exactly as you desire them to be. I do not know how you are able to achieve the results that you do, but they are truly extraordinary
    and I love all of them. Thank you again for the beautiful contribution you are
    making in our lives. May God be with you and your husband in your new
    location. Love and blessings, Vera

  9. Diane October 4, 2014 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Very nice! And welcome back to the lower 48!

  10. Donna Wright October 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Love everything about the sweater, and LOVE the rug! You have been one.busy.lady! Enjoy your new home!

  11. Lois October 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I am looking for a sweater pattern using sock yarn.
    Does anyone know where I can find one?

  12. Linda October 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    hmmm….I’m 61 and half years old and have waited 46 years for this time in life to retire and crochet as much as I wanted. I also will continue to learn to knit. I LOVE LOVE LOVE yarn and would be thrilled to win this.

  13. Deborah Bruce November 6, 2014 at 1:38 am - Reply

    I recently found your site and have loved reading some your posts, looking at your projects and pictures. I love this sweater and think I need to make one for my teenage daughter. I also adore the owl necklace in these pictures too! She collects owls, especially jewelry. Would you mind sharing with me where you got it? I look forward to purchasing yarn from you and continuing to follow your web site. Thank you for all the positive uplifting joy I get from visiting!
    Deborah in Georgia

    • Chandi November 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! The necklace was a gift from my mom, so I’m afraid I don’t know where it’s from!

  14. Anna April 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks guys! :)GiddyStuff – my mum made me a blanket when I was small which is all moss schttied squares, I got the idea from that. I love how it looks but I have to admit that I keep getting the order of my stitching wrong when I’m not paying attention and ending up with ribbed squares instead. Oops.Sue – haha! you can never have too many blankets, esp in a flat as drafty as ours 😀

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