White Miette


white-miette

This is my completed White Miette cardigan – once again the Miette cardigan pattern from the ever fabulous Andi Satterlund.

It was amazing to see how much I’ve learned since my first “proper” knitting project – my blue Miette cardigan.  I spent so many hours the first time around just staring at the pattern, trying to figure out how on earth this was going to turn into a cardigan.  This time, I just knit it up, nice and easy without straining my brain too much at all.  Excitement at my skills:white-miette-excited

It was encouraging to see how much I’ve learned!

This is a lovely cardigan to wear – it’s a gorgeous silk alpaca blend that I just want to rub my face in all day.  Plus, the colour goes with pretty much every dress I own.  Winning!

I added one extra repeat at the bottom of the body – adding about an extra 2″.  I like the slightly longer length better than my first version.

I did have one minor hiccough though.

When I knit, I highlight the pattern as I go instead of crossing things out.  I find it easier when the pattern makes me go back and knit bits I’ve already done once before.

Unfortunately, this means there’s a highlighter in my knitting bag.

Unfortunately, this highlighter became uncapped and left a big green splotch on the back of my cardigan.  white-miette-back

You can sort of see it.  Don’t judge me.

Frogging it back would have involved undoing most of the cardigan.  I had no interest in that, so I tried to get it out.  I gave up when the yarn began felting.

I kind of just decided that it’s not too bad and I can live with it.

Lesson learned.  No more highlighters in my knitting bag, especially with light coloured yarn!white-miette-buttoned-front

White Miette Beginnings

This was the very first article of clothing I knit.  I don’t tend to count it though, as I never actually looked at the pattern, just followed the verbal instructions Gran gave me.  It’s a beautiful alpaca-silk blend, so it’s super soft.  The knitting is also surprisingly well done, given my gumbie level of skill at the time.

original-vest

But, it’s just not my style.  I’ve left it vegetating in my wardrobe for about five years and haven’t worn it once.  Which is a shame, really.

I’ve had vague plans over the last few years about frogging it and making something new.  I have the vest, plus a 50g ball and a half of the yarn.  I decided I’d like to make another Miette cardigan.  Now, it’s been so long since I knit the vest that I really don’t remember how many balls of yarn I used.  But holding it up next to my blue Miette, it looks like I’ll probably have enough.  The Miette is cropped, where this vest isn’t, plus I have my extra ball and a half.  I think I’ll knit the sleeves simultaneously and maybe have them a little shorter than the pattern intended, if I must.

miette-collageI went through and frogged the vest yesterday.  I planned to put a movie on, pull apart the vest (which would surely only take 20 minutes or so) and then spend the rest of the movie knitting.  Um.  No.  It took me the entire movie, and then I still wasn’t done frogging.  I was, however, cursing my woven in ends.  Why did I do that so well?  I had to rewatch a couple of my favourite scenes before I was done.  Crazy!

Anyway!  I’m about halfway through the yoke and it’s going much more smoothly.  Except for the time I realised I was doing yarn overs wrong, so had to rip out all the lace around the neck, which I’d just finished.  It was good though, because it really wasn’t looking much like lace.

I really love knitting – I miss it when I don’t have a project on the go!