A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Finding Joy

in the way things are. I am one who enjoys doing a lot of different things. Yet I don’t always enjoy being busy. Sometimes when my schedule gets full, I feel almost as if I’ve lost a part of me. It’s all too easy to get caught up in a riptide of doing without ever evaluating what I am sacrificing, why, and if it’s actually in my best interest. So, I am stepping back this week, making minor adjustments, and hope to enjoy the journey more and experience the happiness I’m chasing.

First prototype of the cardigan is finished.  Shown here are part of the front pieces.  It doesn’t take much for a child-size sweater that fits a 2 or 3-year-old.  Most area of improvement has been noted for prototype #2.  The cardigan just needs a good wash and be photographed.

While I am busy with jotting down key notes for this project before they escape me, I will leave you  with a helpful tutorial on knitting fair-isle/color work inside out for socks (actually works great for sweaters too.)


What’s your favorite tool to knit colored pattern?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)


Comments on: "Finding Joy" (4)

  1. Do you find that it’s a game changer when you upsize from child to adult size garments? If you don’t change the yarn, you change the proportion of the stitch pattern to the overall garment. Do you just add more stitches, or do you use a heavier yarn?

    • Haahaa…you are just way too fast, Michele. I am going to reveal the process as I go in this Design Series. But, since you ask…the easiest way–typically used by most knitters/designers–is to change the yarn. Knit in finer gauge for children wear and up the yarn gauge/needle size for adult size. Since my objective and audience for the project is adults, I did the child sweater in the yarn intended for adult sizing. What I wanted to get from the initial trial are gauge and how the lace and cables would appeal overall. Are they complimentary? Are the cables crisp? Does the lace work balance out the tension from the cables? Do I like the knitted fabric–too drapey, too firm, or just right? The first one gives me enough data for the next one…ie re-working the ribbing flow to cables from the border, add another element such as braid…There will be wider filler between the cables and lace. Or, I may expand the cable and/or lace patterns to add more stitches. I may add seed stitches down the road if needed as fill-in. It’s all about crunching numbers to fit. Hope this makes sense 😀 I am just catching up on blog reads so maybe you’ve already reveal your recent finished design project…will swing by later this evening to see.

  2. […] still burying my head deep in writing up the pattern for this cardigan and preparing for next Design-Along post, I had a heated discussion with a friend in Texas.   Are […]

  3. […] Yarn Council’s standard body measurement sizing guide:  With this cardigan, I made slight adjustments based on personal experience with characteristic and behavior of cables […]

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