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The Story of a Sweater




This week…

Knitting :: My Featherweight cardigan! Long-time blog readers will know that I have been working on this for a LONG time… I first cast on for this pattern in 2010, when I was a sophomore in high school, with the goal of finishing it within a few months for a trip. Needless to say, that didn’t happen… it’s four years later and I’m still working at it! The first time I knit this, it had a lot of fit issues (some my own fault, some the fault of the pattern), and I wasn’t happy with the drape of the fabric. I frogged the entire thing in 2012 and cast on a new version, at a different gauge, around this time last year. I’ve been working on it on and off since then and I’ve nearly finished the first sleeve (and it fits this time!). Maybe I’ll get to wear my Featherweight this year? (Rav link)

Reading :: Finished Eden Robinson’s Traplines. This short story collection is beautifully written, but it was a little morbid and depressing for my taste. I’m glad I read it, but I probably won’t be doing any re-reads!
Still reading Dubliners by James Joyce. Really enjoying these anecdotal stories of working-class Dubliners.
About halfway through Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. This has been my on-the-go reading on my Kindle for a little while now and I’m enjoying it. It’s not Gaiman’s best work by any stretch, but the setting for this book is a really interesting one.

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Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along as usual.


  1. I am a big fan of Neverwhere. I just love it. I recommend it to everyone and slowly it’s travelling through the grad student population on campus. I shall make Gaiman fans of them all!

    I love the colours of your cardigan. I’m afraid of lace weight, especially for a sweater. Yours is looking lovely, though. Happy knitting.

    • Haha, everyone should be a Gaiman fan! Neverwhere isn’t my favourite of his books but I love the idea of London Below.
      I actually love working with laceweight… It can seem daunting but it’s no harder than other yarns once you’re used to it.

  2. Go you! You might have given me the strength to rip out the pieces of a sweater I had that I started a year ago! It’s not going to get finished, so I might as well reclaim the yarn. Will wait for the reveal soon?

    • Hopefully there will be a reveal soon! We’ll see 😉
      Go for it- you will be much happier with the yarn repurposed into something that fits or that you like 🙂

  3. wow, that sweater looks delicate and lovely. all the best for finishing it!

    • Thanks Sylvia! I hope it will be nice and light for the warmer weather!

  4. That is going to be beautiful! I’m envious, I don’t have the patience for such a fine big night. My DK cardigan is driving me insane, lol!

    • Thanks! This project has definitely tested my patience many times!
      Good luck with your cardi!

  5. Great perseverance. It is so hard to go back to a project that has been lingering. Good luck in the finishing.

    • Thanks Cathie! I hope I will be able to wear it soon 🙂

  6. I just finished up one of Neil Gaiman’s books. I’ll have to give this one a try. Sounds interesting.

    I’m glad that you got your Featherweight Cardigan groove back. 🙂

    • Ooh, which book? The setting for this one is fantastic, but the main character isn’t my favourite- I’d still highly recommend it though!

      • The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It was my first Neil Gaiman books and I loved it. He’s a great storyteller.

  7. I have heard from many people that Featherweight is a long term project. You are not alone. You will also have a lovely fitting garment that you love when you are finished!

    • Thanks Donna! I hope the finished garment will be well worth it 🙂

  8. I hope you finish the sweater this year, it is a wonderful lightweight sweater for all seasons. I’ve knit it three times and could do it again! Lovely yarn you are knitting with.

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