Blockity block

October is here, the leaves are turning, and right on cue the evening temperatures are starting to dip. It looks like sweater season might actually be upon us, which is pretty great since it’s coming up on Rhinebeck O’Clock. I’ve had two sweaters on the go (one new design, one old) to wear for that weekend, and I started them in plenty of time to finish both. But we’re getting down to the wire now, less than 2 weeks until go time.


New cardigan (seen here getting the wash & block treatment) in progress is done in the sense that all the pieces are done. In my mind this means it’s done, but of course the seaming and finishing (which in this case also involves a collar/button-band addition) does take an amount of time as well. Damn it. I think it’ll still be okay, there’s still lots of time to finish it…and also the remaining front piece and finishing for the pullover I’m doing for sweater #2. Probably still maybe plenty of time left.


So, in summary: this year, pretty much like any other year? But the nice thing about a self-imposed Rhinebeck knitting deadline is that, even if you finish just after Rhinebeck, you still get to start the fall/winter season out with at least 1 new sweater, which is pretty great. They keep saying this winter is going to be about as long and cold as last winter was, and, well, we’re still not quite over last winter around these parts. I’m going to do my darndest to soften the blow with as many new wool handknits as possible. Might have to remind myself to keep the hats and socks in there too, so as to be extra prepared.


Whether you’re off to an October wool festival or not, I hope you’ve got some great fall knits on the needles, and are thinking about sweaters if you’ve never taken the plunge before! Happy knitting this week, knitter friends.


Pattern: New design in progress, for a cabled Aran-weight cardigan with a shawl collar.
Yarn: Imperial Yarns Columbia, in ‘pearl grey’.




  1. Caitlyn M. · ·

    I just wore my first handknit cardigan this weekend, and absolutely loved it. I don’t care that it fuzzed up under the arms, and while I was a little bummed to see two yarn tails poking out of the right side after a day of wear–I’m always paranoid that my ends will come free and completely unravel–I know it should be an easy fix. I’m already working on my next cardigan with a pullover lined up after that. I look forward to your new design, because I’m betting it will be released about the time I’m looking for my next sweater pattern. 🙂

  2. Do you block your sweater before doing the front ribbing and collar?

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I’m still in my knitting infancy, but I am eager to be able to knit something so beautiful!

  4. twistedsticks · ·

    My sinks are sometimes not the cleanest around, so my daughter gave me a suggestion. She purchased a tub trug just for blocking her knitting. I thought this was a great idea. Then I always have a clean tub for blocking. I bought the large purple one so I could block afghans as well.

  5. twistedsticks · ·

    Love the cables also!

  6. caityrosey · ·

    I like those cables. I hope you take some good photos at Rhinebeck for those of us who will be attending vicariously through our blog feeds.

  7. Cate DeLong · ·

    Have followed you for awhile but this is my first comment! Great accomplishment to have two sweaters done for the show. Think of the yarn you can buy now. Even though my stash is large – has it’s own room- lol I always feel there’s room for more when I finish a project. I’m currently working on a cowl, socks and a shawl for chilly weather. hope to finish before snow flies. Love that you block the pieces BTW.

  8. Your sweaters are gorgeous!

  9. Love what you use to pin your sweater on, I would of never thought to use the blocks like that

  10. Hope to run into you you, as I’m going to! Can’t wait!

  11. Will you release the pattern soon? It’s beautiful and just what I’ve been looking for! I have some Green Mountain Peace Fleece/Aran in my stash and have been itching for cables. I wanted to join in Fringe Association’s fisherman sweater knit along ( but I just don’t like raglans and do like seams. So I narrowed it down to Fireside and I Heart Aran Cardigans, and they are both beautiful but neither is just right. Can’t wait for your new pattern release! Looking for test knitters? Enjoy Rhinebeck!

  12. Merilyn Tilley · ·

    Do you always block your sweaters in pieces?

  13. So exciting! I live in a warm place but I love blog-stalking everyone’s beautiful Rhinebeck knits 😉

  14. There is definitely something awesome about going into sweater season in a new sweater! This is the first year in a good while I haven’t; I’m jealous.

  15. I finished my 2nd sweater this year ever and it is a pullover! IT FITS ME and I am excited! I just have to do the finishing. But I do have a question. The front of the neckline curls in..even after I did the seed stitch neckline edging. It will not lay flat. The inside (ws) fold out so that the inside of the neckline can be seen. I don’t know what to do. Will this block out? I have to do the finishing and then block it.

  16. Be sure to stop by The Ross Farm booth at Rhinebeck and say hello. Amy and Scott are new vendors this year and have wonderful natural colored wool from their own flock of rare and heritage breed sheep. I’ll be helping in the booth. #transientwoolmerchants

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  18. Glenna! I am going to Rhinebeck for the first time this year! with Lorelei and Emily. Also working on a new sweater deadline. Hope to see you there. It’s been too long.

  19. I wondered if there was a special reason why you block your sweater before you put it together?? I was always taught to do it after. Is there a difference or just a personal preference? I wanted to let you know that I made my very first pair of socks with your cuff tp toe pattern with the 3K,1P rib leg and foot and I found your directions to be easy to follow and worked out beautifully. I love them and hope to make more socks in the near future. Thank you for taking the time to do it RIGHT.

  20. twistedsticks · ·

    I always block my work before I piece it. The edges are all nice and flat and easier to see the stitches and piece.

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