Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall Essentials Sew-Along Progress

When we lived in Toronto, clever Mr. Friday volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, building houses and training people how to do the same. His hard work and expertise shows, doesn't it?

How heavenly is blogging in the backyard in this gorgeous Indian Summer weather we're having?! Technology can be a really marvellous thing and coming from a semi-Luddite like myself, that's saying something!! Sitting back and admiring the beautiful fence that Mr. Friday built this summer is also lovely. All he needs to do is put the lattice on top and it's finished!


I have been really pleased with the progress I'm making with my FESA plan. I have several sewn garments under my belt and now I want to take the time to focus on my knitting. I have cast on again for the Cadence sweater and I'm holding off doing anything until my Skype chat with Kristen. As I said before, this knit has been a bit of a struggle to get going, everything from losing count of where I am, to running out of stitches, to putting my stitch markers in the wrong place. I am looking forward to some one-on-one teaching time with our resident expert. I'll be sure to post about it, too, just in case I'm not the only one experiencing these difficulties.


On the other hand, I'm having terrific success with the 3-Hour Sweater! Talk about a confidence booster! Last night, I finished knitting the back and I must say I feel quite pleased with myself. I think my ribbing looks especially nice, to toot my own horn. I'm also happy that my stockinette stitch is quite consistent.


I am using US 8 / 5 mm needles for the ribbing and US 10.5 / 6.5 mm needles for the body. I am knitting this out of an enormous ball of lovely butter yellow cotton yarn. My raspberry yarn, which I was wrestling with for Cadence, will be used to make this beautiful Kim Hargreaves sweater later on in the new year. I know that yellow isn't part of my FESA palette, but it's what I had on hand and I'm really focused on using what I have. Besides, yellow is one of my favourite colours!

With all the knitting that's happening for FESA, it really should be renamed the Fall Essentials Craft-Along, no?

How are you getting along with Cadence? Are you knitting items for FESA? I would love to see your progress!

8 comments:

Debi said...

YAY! Your sweaters are going to be fab! I am way behind on the Cadence but hope to get to it later in the month!!

Alessa said...

Aw, Sarah, I'm sorry that you've been having bad luck with the Cadence sweater! It looks so beautiful on the pics, I'm thinking of taking it up sometime later this season, if I happen to find some nice, not-too expensive wool... I'm sure Kristen can sort you out, though! The yellow sweater already looks lovely, can't wait to see it finished on you! :)

I'm indulging in some non-selfish knitting right now - I'm making a pair of purple Reading Mitts for my sister's birthday. I should finish them today, they still need to be posted...

Sølvi said...

Oh, that is a gorgeous yellow color you´re using! That will soon be a really lovely sweater!

I have been focusing quite a bit on knitting these past few weeks myself, it might be the autumn that´s making me want to knit, it´s so nice and cozy to sit inside and watch the leaves turning into a marvelous specter of colors. :-)

charlotte said...

wow your knitting looks amazing!! I have posted on flikyr my leg warmers. I love to knit but really I am building up to try more as at ther moment I can only manage garments made from squares!!

Amanda said...

I love that Cadence sweater and if I ever get my knitting act together I would love to make it! Hopefully you will get back on track with that one :)

I wanted to let you know I'm a late joiner to the Sewing Through the Decades challenge, but I'm looking forward to making my items and seeing what everyone else is up to!

Becky said...

I'm glad you're going to be posting about your Skype session with Kristin. Let us know if she says anything about the chart, because I'm honestly kind of scared to attempt it! I'm not even sure how to start...

As for FESA, I actually just finished up two of my planned knitting projects over the weekend! Just took the pictures this morning, so I'll have to post on my blog and the Flickr group shortly. My sewing is going to be a little delayed by working on something for a friend, but I at least know what I'm doing next. (And don't change the name to craft-along. The acronym doesn't work as well! ;)

Sarah said...

@Debi - Thank you, dol!

@Alessa - Kristen will definitely sort me out! Thanks so much for your compliments.

@Solvi - thank you!!

@charlotte - Thank you!

@Amanda - Thanks so much for your comment & welcome to Sewing Through the Decades!

@Becky - will do!!

bestrass said...

Yellow color sweater is really beautiful,it's look really cool to you.

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