Sweater Weather + FO: Cabled Bibs

Even before “sweater weather” meant hand-knit woolens, fall was my favorite season. But here in Albuquerque, crisp mornings continue to betray me. Midday temperatures climb with the sun, reaching for 80. So it was with great joy that I actually cast on a wool sweater this weekend — the “Transverse Cardigan,” which has been at the top of my Ravelry queue since I bought the burnished terra cotta yarn in Taos.

And the desire to start that sweater meant I found the momentum to finish the straggling projects I’d decided needed to be done first. My “Citron” is blocking right now (stay tuned) and I completed the second round of “Modern Cabled Baby Bibs” (the blue ones below, alongside the girly one I knit earlier in the summer but never got around to blogging). This pattern is a fun variation on cotton dish cloths when you’re looking for a cheap thrill. And the FO photos are a good lesson/reminder — I’m going to pull up these side-by-side pics the next time I’m tempted not to block anything.

Next up? The i-cord loops and button band for Izzy’s “Finley” so I can cast on that “Oscilloscope Shawl.”

FO: Trio of Hats, Ravelympics Fortitude

Just to be clear: I haven’t thrown in the proverbial towel on my Moderne Log Cabin blanket.

Rather, thanks to the wise words of McMary, I’ve reframed my perspective. The new goal? A personal best, which really couldn’t be more achievable given that this is my first Ravelympics appearance. So let’s see just how much I can get done in the remaining Olympics week. And let’s be smart about competing — like the marathon winding session this morning of all remaining blanket yarn (with an assist from Izzy).

 

As the weekend comes to a close, here’s the current standing: one block (#5) down and another well on its way. Not to mention a renewed appreciation of the miles of Zen this project offers.

Oh yeah, and just to appease that crazy type-A part of my personality, I made and attached the tassels on my trio of hats WIP. Knitting was done a few weeks ago, but I just don’t enjoy making pompoms, tassels, etc. Seriously, the amount of angst (and procrastination) produced by these finishing details is crazy.