Friday, November 1, 2013

Double-FO Friday!

I'm sure today's FO projects are no surprise to returning readers - nonetheless, I am beyond pleased to present my finished cardigan from the 30-Day Sweater Challenge!
Rather than using the framework provided to design my own sweater (trust me, that's next on my list once I finish my holiday gift-making), I applied the concepts of the 30 Day Sweater ebook to a pattern I purchased on Ravelry, Bonne Marie Burns' Uma Cardigan. When I printed out my pattern, I assigned 30 Day Sweater outline. This proved to be an enormous help, because it broke everything into manageable tasks and also encouraged a little healthy competition not to fall behind.
a day to each step along the way that corresponded with the

Another thing I really liked was all of the moral support I got along the way from the Yarn Nation crew and my fellow challenge-takers: the live Sweater Knitting Show every weekday, the virtual knit night each Wednesday evening, and the social media channels (Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). By far, my favorite source of inspiration was searching #30daysweater on Instagram!

If I hadn't been knitting this pattern as part of the challenge, I'm 99% certain I wouldn't be wearing this sweater right now. In fact, I don't think it would be done til January 2014 at the earliest! I'm so glad I signed up, and I'll definitely be using this approach to every sweater I make from now on, whether I'm using the framework to design it myself or making something from another designer!

My second FO was hot off the needles yesterday afternoon in between handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I love the bright orange color - how seasonally appropriate (it's Baah La Jolla in California Poppy)! It's been great seeing everyone else's color choices for their Scalloped Rib Socks during this KAL, and I'll definitely be sharing everyone's FOs here on my blog soon!
One of the questions that came up a few times during this KAL was whether or not sock blockers were a necessary tool to have on hand, which gave me the idea to film a short video showing examples of socks that are totally unblocked, blocked without the use of sock blockers, and finally, blocked on actual sock blockers. Here's hoping it helps you decide whether or not you'd like to invest in a pair of sock blockers to see for yourself!


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


Have a crafty weekend! 

4 comments:

  1. Your 30 day sweater looks nice, but I wish there were better pictures. Hope to see it next week on your blog! Of course your socks are great!

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    1. Yeah, it was super rainy on Halloween! Hoping for a sunny day next week so I can do another photo shoot!

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  2. How inspiring to see your completed Cardigan. Amazing how supportive the knitting community is. I don't think I would have finished half of my projects without them .
    Being a sock addict, I am smitten with your lovely bright socks!

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