I almost hate to make a post and knock my husband’s beautiful sweater off the top spot on the blog, but it can’t stay there forever. I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my Garter Yoke cardi since the last time I posted, and I figured it warranted an update, and I finally have time to write here again.
So, here’s the cardigan, as it stood by mid-day yesterday:
All but one sleeve! I picked up stitches for the second sleeve shortly after that photo was taken, and am working my way down towards the end of a sweater. Fastest sweater EVER, this will be.
Except for one problem, which might be clear in the photo above: my garter buttonbands want to flip under. There’s just not enough of them to counteract the curl of the stockinette. I’ve asked around on flickr and Ravelry and have gotten a few good tips for how I can deal with this (and am open to suggestions from y’all, too!), but in any case, it might slow the finishing down a bit. I have already ordered some awesome buttons for it, though, and I can’t wait to show them to you once they’re here!
One other thing I wanted to point out about the sweater is the strategic use of different skeins of yarn. The Nature Wool is rather inconsistent, with some skeins having quite a lot of variegation and some having almost none, so what I’ve been doing is using the more variegated yarn at the top of the sweater, and then switching to the less variegated yarn as I work towards the bottom, so it sort of fades out. I think it’s a really neat effect:
By the way, I have a feeling I’m going to become something of a Sundays-only blogger (at least, in terms of my own posting) this semester. I’m a fair amount busier than last semester, since in addition to TAing and tutoring and symphony and such, I am participating in a pair of seminars that will be giving me plenty of reading and thinking to do. So if my posting both here and in the comments of all of your lovely blogs seems a bit light, that’s why. If you’re desperate to know what I’m up to on a regular basis, I keep a daily photo blog on flickr, and I’ve also caved and joined the ranks of Twitter (not that I “tweet” all that often). So, that’s that.