Madame Defarge Knits

"The fingers of the knitting women were vicious, with the experience that they could tear."

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30 Day Knitting Challenge


Day 16: Have you ever had a knitting related injury?

Yes. The “ridges” on my fingertips began to “separate” due to my sharp size 1 double-pointed needles.  I didn’t want to put knitting on the shelf until my fingertips healed, but I found that band-aids worked just fine as flexible “thimbles.”

Filed under ouch! that and some good hand balm i had to train myself to stop pressing my index finger against my needle tips took a long time

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Just in time for FO Friday!

I took a ton of pictures, but once I uploaded them, realized that my hair was all frizzy from an afternoon spent in the Patapsco River learning how to teach canoeing. So I had to go back, comb out my hair, then take them all over again. D: Do excuse my bathroom background—my mom, who normally takes all of my pictures for me, is away until next week, so I needed a mirror.

But here it is, my new cardigan!

I definitely learned a lot with this pattern, and not just new stitches (which I learned plenty of: M1, S2KP2, knitting and purling through the back loops, and how to bind-off and cast on mid-row to create buttonholes and sleeves). The original pattern called for three rows of ribbing at the top, but that would have made it too long on me, so I only did two. I also got a bit…creative with my increase and decrease rows. Once I figured out that they were meant to give the cardigan a more fitted appearance, I started working out where I needed them to go, since the original pattern clearly wasn’t going to fit me right.

I think I wound up omitting, like, forty rows from the original pattern. But it worked out and I think the end result looks pretty cute! And I am particularly fond of my little antler button.
Project Details:

  • Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane
  • Caron One Pound yarn in dark green (100% acrylic)
  • Started 7/18, finished 7/25

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the last of the bunny hats finally sold…. I really liked making these and i got a lot of great feedback when i posted pictures of them originally. BUT no one bought them. I literally had to chopped the price down to 1/4 of my original asking price to get rid of them.

(via getting-knitfaced)