Unraveled Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday! I’m delighted to be joining in with Kat and friends to talk about knitting. and even happier that I have two no-longer-blobs to share. First up, here’s Sam’s purple cardigan. The knitting is done, but I still have to seam the sleeves, weave in a bazillion ends, sew on buttons and block.

Charlie’s pullover still needs a sleeve and then the knitting is done there, too (ditto the bazillion ends and the blocking).

I’m knitting a size 8-10 for him (his mama measured a sweatshirt and I decided I’d go ahead and knit it extra roomy so he’d have it for longer), with slightly shorter body and sleeves … still, it doesn’t fit flat on the chair seat and wow it seems like just yesterday that his whole self fit into a corner of that chair!

The sun did come out today, but the window behind the chair faces east. I promised Bonny I’d share a photo of my “photography set” today, too.

I purchased a set a Lightroom presets for my iPhone with the Black Friday sales and I’m really pleased so far. It looks like there is bright sunshine pouring through those windows, right?! nope! it was 4pm and nearly dark out… with a lamp on.

So … progress, without any unraveling on the actual knitting front. But my queue and purchasing self-control have been sincerely challenged by all this knitting the instagram, emails and blog posts I’ve “caught up on” while I’ve procrastinated the knitting.

here’s the link to this bundle on Ravelry … in case you want quick access to the patterns!

I guess I should be glad it’s only three patterns, and actually, that middle one was inspired by Espace Tricot’s latest podcast. which I knitted through.

I have a lovely queue – and the yarn to knit it! – waiting for me just as soon as I finish that second sleeve (and all those other finishing steps). Still. I’m tempted.

How do you handle this kind of temptation? all suggestions welcome!

…and now off to start that sleeve 🙂


  • Kat

    Beautiful sweaters, one and all! I say more mohair silk sweaters!! You can never have enough! (Which is a good reminder to get back to my Evening Dew Cardigan because that fabric is just amazing!)

    However, Sam’s cardigan wins the day! That is just too cute!

    I have found that the settings on the new iPhone are really impressive – much better for making dark spaces light and the edit functions are dramatically improved!

  • Bonny

    I love the little boys’ cardigans; Justin was a big fan of purple (and dinosaurs) when he was Sam’s age. My seven-year-old Android phone is just not measuring up when it comes to taking photos and I may need to do something about it in the new year. I’m envious of the “bright sun pouring in through your windows” even if it’s not quite real!

  • Honore´

    Yay! You’ve made great progress and I love the boys’ sweaters! So, I think it’s OK for you to “play” a bit with other things on your list. Knit on!


  • Jane

    Such good progress. The boys’ sweaters are darling. I love that purple cardigan. I can just see an enthusiastic little guy running around in it. What a zest for living these little people model for us. I’m with Honore. I think it is fine to play around a little with a new project or fantasy knitting is a good strategy too.

  • Juliann

    I am struggling g with the sleeves on the Flax for Ellis and considering doing them flat so I don’t have to use 4 needles. Hope your last sleeve goes quickly

  • Sarah

    I can’t wait to see the boys in these adorable sweaters! That shawl collar on Sam’s cardigan is particularly adorable. I’d say that knowing that you want to cast on something new as soon as you’re finished with these sweaters is good motivation to finish them (or at least that’s how I’d approach it). I bet a good podcast or two should be enough to finish up what’s left.

  • Kym

    Oh, Mary! What adorable sweaters for your adorable grandsons! How fun for you to be able to knit for Charlie and Sam — and what treasures those little sweaters will be for them, now to wear and later to remember. And . . . it is so hard to resist the charms of yarn and patterns. So hard. XO

  • Carole

    Those sweaters are just adorable. I’m afraid I can’t offer any advice on resisting great patterns and yarns. I ordered a whole bunch of Felted Tweed yesterday from WEBS and predict a long fall down the Kaffe Fassett rabbit hole as soon as it arrives.

  • Alexa

    That’s such a lovely cardigan – right up my street! I love shawl collars – so cosy. Your photo of your chair looks very inviting too, and the app clearly did a great job on the lighting if it was actually dull and grey outside.

  • Vera

    Both sweaters are absolutely darling! I can’t wait to see pictures of the boys wearing them. So many rabbit holes and so many temptations, aren’t there?

  • Margene

    Can’t wait to see their big smiles when the wear their beautiful sweaters for the first time! I see no need to stay away from temptation. It’s only a pattern, one that you will enjoy knitting soon.

  • karen

    You are an ultra speedy knitter. The sweaters are cute and they will LOVE them to bits. I love that little corner of the room that is yours. I sit on one side of a loveseat and it’s all mine until the company comes. Then I will be ousted out for a week.