January 11, 2010

On the Needles - Soft Rib Cardigan

With our months of home improvements and making the horsie blanket for the baby shower, I actually only knit one gift for Christmas -- a prayer shawl for my Middle Sister. It's made of Bernat Soft Bouclé yarn (#26958 - Carnival Shades) that is so light and soft and cushy, it feels like you're knitting air. MS emailed me ... It is already in place on the back of my prayer/reading rocker in the living room (reading + rocking = exercise!). Maybe I should get rid of my treadmill and get a rocking chair instead. It would certainly get a lot more use!!!

I enjoyed making this prayer shawl so much, I bought yarn to start another (#22927 Misty Shades). While I didn't know at that time who it would be for, I spoke with someone last week whose husband has been through cancer treatments. Things were looking good; then he was just retested and they found another spot. I can't even imagine how scary that must be. They are young with three boys. She told me she puts on a confident face for her husband, but cries in the shower -- this one will be for her.

I receive a weekly email from Lion Brand and last week's newsletter included a pattern that was so cute, I decided I had to start it right away. Check out the Soft Rib Cardigan. I am not using the Fishermen's Wool yarn they show it in, but their pastel blue Pound of Love that is easy care and can be machine washed and dried.

I started the sweater yesterday and got the lovely rounded bottom of the back done while we watched the Cardinals football game. I'm not a big sports fan, but it was quite the exciting game, tied 38 even and going into overtime. Fortunately, the Cards beat the Packers by 7 points so we're still in the play offs. I must say, it's a lot more fun to watch sports (and everything else) on the big screen. I can actually tell what's going on ... sometimes.

Anyway, this sweater is knit holding two strands of the yarn together so it is thick and cozy. And the slip rib stitch is an easy repeat that I can just knit on without referring back to the pattern every few minutes. I think I'm going to like this one a lot.


Jess said...

Hello, my name is Jess, and I work for Lion Brand (I tweet on @lionbrandyarn). I just wanted to thank you for using the Soft Rib Cardigan! It looks great so far. Keep up the great work!

With warm regards,

jayaycee said...

Love Lion Brand. Have made several of the Weekend Retreat Cardis as well. Thanks for visiting!

Kelli said...

I am the proud owner of the shawl pictured. It is one of the most beautiful things I own - useful and beautiful is a rare combination. I feel like a princess when I snuggle under it and look out at our frozen landscape. Thanks again, Sis!

You know....all this knitterspeak is kind of mysterious to the un-initiated. You all could be arranging drug deals or coup attempts for all we know. Is there a decoder ring? Do you have a secret handshake? Is there an underground militia armed with knitting needles and crochet hooks we need to worry about? : )

jayaycee said...

Be very careful ... this information goes out on a need-to-know basis. See? You need to know how to knit!