Friday, April 26, 2013

FO & Fiber Friday

It's the last FO Friday of April, and I'm psyched to share my latest finished project with you, my ready-for-spring cropped cardigan! Now that all the ends are woven in and it's been blocked, I just need to find the perfect buttons. This was a pretty quick knit (I am a historically slow sweater knitter, even for cropped cardis and such); on April 4 I cast on and ended up ripping out my work and starting again from scratch mid-month because I am OCD. I'm glad I did, because the finished product is perfect! Once I sew on some buttons, I'll have my husband take a photo of me wearing it, but for now, here's my latest FO:
Pattern: Breezy Bolero by Marly Bird
Yarn: Roslyn, a fingering weight cotton/cashmere blend from Bijou Basin Ranch

Notes: My size called for 4 balls of yarn; but because I had to go down a needle size to get gauge, I ended up using only a tiny bit of that fourth ball! I probably have enough to make some fingerless mitts or a hat; perhaps it would like to become a part of some colorwork mittens?

Fiber Friday!

Last week, I shared my first shipment from the Sweet Georgia Fibre Club; it proved to be too delicious to remain unspun for long. Of course, I had to finish the project that was on my wheel first, and then I ended up spinning my custom batt from YarnCon before delving into my latest fiber acquisition (click here if you missed out on my recent Spinning Saturday post!).

At any rate, by the end of the weekend, I had this to add to my handspun fiber bin:
The 50/50 merino/tencel blend was a little challenging to spin since it was so slippery, but I ended up getting the hang of it pretty quickly and the end result was absolutely gorgeous. I ended up navajo plying the single because I couldn't imagine anything else I would want to ply it with - at least, not anything that was in my stash already! Consequently, I don't have much yardage to work with, but I think it will make a cute stuffed critter or perhaps some accent stripes on a hat or cowl.

Thanks for stopping by this week - for more FO Friday inspiration, visit the Tami's Amis blog!

Have a crafty weekend!


  1. I think a small dark blue or a frosted opal/mother of pearl color button would be wonderful with the bolero...I'm a little ocd too, so I get ripping it out and restarting..I want some of your handspun!

    1. So funny, I was digging through my button stash just now! If I can find some mother of pearl buttons that match (or perhaps are charmingly mismatched), that would be pretty good. I also found some vintage buttons in my stash that are in contention!

      Thanks for stopping by!