Finished Object :: A Cardigan for Quinn

My knitting output has slowed considerably in recent months. Luckily I was smart about this project when I started it and despite a few extended lapses it turned out big enough for my giganti-baby.

He refuses to stand still long enough however to be photographed in it properly!

The yarn is frogged from an unfinished sweater for Jake. It was a project that sat in my knitting bag for long enough that it wouldn't fit him if I finished it anyway. So I unwound and started over. Four years later. It's a multi-ply washable merino (my most favorite fiber of all) and the pattern is modified from Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. It's been my experience that this book, in combination with a good stitch dictionary are all you'll ever need if you want to knit sweaters. I think it's going to be my go-to for a spring jacket.

Thank you for not making me feel stupid about my admission that I never knew how to use a seam ripper before. It would seem that I was in good company! (Thank you also for not judging me because of my use of coarse language.)

For those of you who are still unsure about the seam ripping, let me try to clear it up. A typical seam ripper has a 'lobster-claw' design. It's two-pronged with one prong being longer than the other and there's a protective ball over the shorter of the prongs. If you gently pull your sewn fabrics apart and slide the seam ripper between them you will rip the seam (this is the whole idea). If you do it with the long side (the one without the ball) on top of the seam, you have to be very careful not to rip your fabric (I can show you proof if you like). If you hold it with the shorter side on top of the seam you can move much more quickly and without worry of ripping your fabric.

Live and learn I always say!