And a wooly new year

Greetings and happiest new year wishes, my knitting blog reader friends! I hope that you are returning from a restful holiday time, and that even if you are not, that you still have some delightful knitting on the needles to look forward to. I am luckily experiencing both of these things, as I had a solid week and a half vacation that was short enough not to make me completely bored out of my skull by the end, but long enough to make me remember what it is like to sleep in and spend a few lazy mornings knitting on the couch.

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I’ve even got some wooly cabled progress to show for it. Although I never get allll the knitting done that I would like to do on holiday (in my mind, a holiday of any length should just expand to include as much knitting as you intend, regardless of realism or sanity) In addition to nearing the finish line on my Exeter cardigan (more on that next time), I made a solid start with my Smoky Lake cardigan that I swatched for earlier in December.

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This was my Christmas Day Cast-On (a present to myself that I started doing a few years ago and has been well worth it), and possibly the first sweater I’ve ever knitted in a bulky weight yarn. This has been so speedy that after just over a week of, let’s face it, minimal effort, I’m already finished the back and started one of the fronts.

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I knew I was going to like this pattern already – cables, am I right? – but I love it even more now that I’ve discovered it’s a pretty mindless knit. The cable panels are short repeats and simple patterns and the bulky stitches add up fast. I give this a thumbs up so far and can’t wait to wear it, hopefully well in time for this current season’s cold weather.

2016 had some good knits in it and I’m hoping that 2017 has many more. Happy New Year to all of you!

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Pattern: Smoky Lake cardigan by Jessie McKitrik for Twist Collective
Yarn: Briggs and Little Atlantic, ‘brown heather’ colour

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13 comments

  1. Happy New Year, Glenna.

    You always seem to find time for the essentials in life and to keep inspiring me to see the bright side. Good for you.

    I am in the make-up phase of a sweater I reknit for my husband after he lost almost 70 lbs. It was large to begin with so worth the effort to remake.

    I now can pull out the two pieces I had started for myself but couldn’t focus enough to finish. We had a very sad month-long experience in October that was only possible to endure because I had some very simple knitting to keep my fingers busy. So, back to the interesting lace short-sleeve holiday topper and the sport-weight wool pullover.

    I made slippers for my husband using chunky yarn. I was happy to get them done, but knew chunky is not my friend. My hands are nimble but grow quite sore when I use the heavier yarn. Good thing I love lace and making socks.

    Love your blog, your photos, your inspiration.

  2. It looks lovely, so perfect knitting:-)

  3. Finished all my Christmas knitting over New Years Weekend. My husband is used to getting his socks late. Now I get to put something on the needles just for me. Just before the holidays I found a pattern I’m crazy about – at least in the picture – so tonight I’m swatching. If all goes well, I’ll be casting on soon. Love this time of year!

  4. This pattern seems appropriate for bulky yarn – it’s almost like a coat. I’m seeing
    a trend with many of the yarn and pattern companies going back to bulky yarn. Yes, we can get faster results with bulkier yarn but I really prefer DK – both for how it feels in my hands and it looks in the finished piece.
    Guess the good news about hand-knitting is we don’t have to follow trends.
    I do like the cable a lot in this pattern and would have a go at it should I want a “coat-type” sweater, though – trend or no trend.
    Happy New Year, Glenna. Glad you had some time off for some leisurely mornings – they’re the best!

  5. Happy New Year. I am trying to get organized to finish off some projects. Love the sweater and cant wait to see the finished project.

  6. Love the cables! I spent the holidays in North Carolina with my daughter who also knits. I finished a pair of wrist warmers and she was working on her first pair of socks. Now back to Wisconsin where it is going to be 8 degrees tomorrow. Happy New Year to you and all your followers!

  7. Happy New Year, Glenna! The Smoky Lace Cardigan is progressing beautifullly 😀

  8. Smoky Lace is so lovely. Happy new YEar!! I’m busy with a shawl from yarn that my husband gave me for Christmas. Like Patty, I am in Wisconsin and I’m sooooo cold. Great night to sit and knit

  9. Ooh that is gorgeous

  10. Beautiful fabric.

  11. knittedblissjc · ·

    Happy New Year, Glenna!! I hope 2017 is amazing for you.

  12. Hazel Swoboda · ·

    Love the cardigan and the cables. Also love the colours in Briggs and Little yarn – but do you find it hard on your hands? Have some in my stash but hesitating to use it for that reason.

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