I have so many things to tell you about that I've been working on lately crafty wise that I don't know where to begin.
I've been mentioning it long enough and yesterday I finally managed to get a few pics of my newest cardigan, so I think that's where I'll start for tonight. It's Miette from designer Andi Satterlund. A sweet cardigan with a retro vibe and pretty feminine eyelet detail along the edges.
I fell in love with the look of Miette ages ago and knew I wanted one to wear with my summer dresses. Of course procrastination and a need to order yarn being what they are, it ended up finished sort of late in the season. It was also a billion degrees out when I finished it, so no need for a cardi at all. I am glad I got it done though and it'll be ready for the minute spring hits next year.
I chose to modify it from the 3/4 length sleeves to short sleeves to make it even more summery. (Also I'm lazy and sleeves are my knitting nemesis. I HATE knitting sleeves.) It really only took about a month to knit and would have taken much less time except I sort of put it aside when my knitting mojo went out the window with the sweltering heat of summer. (Interestingly enough I suddenly started going on it again when summer all but vanished for a few weeks in the middle. Ha ha!) Also, knitting something white while sitting on the deck seemed a bad idea. Things have a habit of getting a bit dirty outside and I didn't want some sort of ghastly mishap occurring to my pristine white cardigan.
The buttons were another time killer for me. I decided I absolutely needed vintage buttons for my Miette. I justified it by the fact that I could get them just as cheaply off of Etsy as I could brand new buttons from the fabric store. Especially if I went to the tiny shop in the local town instead of the big chain store in the city. So I ordered a set. Actually, in manner of full disclosure I should admit to ordering two sets. BUT! They were a great bargain. I promise you that. Really. They were.
The first set was a set of eight 1920's glass buttons. They were very pretty. I thought they would be perfect, however, what I failed to do is mathematics. Or proper mathematics anyways. They turned out to be far too small. Oooops! Have no fear though. I'm thinking they'd be perfect on a cute button down the front shirt at some point. I'll use them. It's not like they'll go bad! And did I mention they are 1920's GLASS BUTTONS?????
So, I had to get a different set. Which, ahem, I'd actually ordered long before my too small buttons arrived, only because after ordering the glass ones I found some 1960-ish plastic buttons from a closed out haberdashery in Paris for a song. 19 buttons for under $8.00 (and that included shipping!!). I'm lucky if I can get four nice buttons for under $8.00. My Parisian buttons arrived quickly - even before the ones from the states, but at that point I didn't know that my glass ones would be too small so I waited it out thinking that way I could compare and decide. It cost me a couple extra weeks in finishing time, but that's alright. As I said, I'll be all set for next spring!
I think it will be a really great addition to my spring and summer wardrobe in the cotton blend Berroco Weekend yarn I used!
Well that's project number one! I'll tell you about another tomorrow. But for now I have (BF)G's lunch to make and coffee to set for tomorrow morning and I am eager to get back to working on my newest sweater, Hetty (which is also by Andi Satterlund - I LOVE her designs!)