Something Silver - Better Late Than Never

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


YARN:  YELLOW LABEL DK WEIGHT BY TANIS FIBER ARTS IN COLORWAY PINK GRAPEFRUIT
NEEDLE: 3.75MM/US 5

oh my, i sort of debated about posting this first thing in the new year but i couldn't resist. i know what some of you are thinking, this was my summer sweater knit along project and well....it sure isn't summer anymore..lol.  this goes to show sometimes we all don't get our projects finished on time.  i adore this cardigan and the pattern but i got stuck with my usual case of sleevitis. it took me forever to knit the sleeves. not for any reason other than i hate knitting sleeves.  i know it sounds like a cop out but it's just how it is.

this cardigan was very much worth ever single minute i put into knitting it and trust me, it took a while.  it's gorgeous, the fit is perfection, it's slimming on my hips and doesn't make my boobies look overly gargantuan or like big headlights..lol.  veera's patterns are always written well and her sizing is definitely perfect for women's bodies.  if you have curves don't fear her knits.


now onto my fave part of this whole cardigan - the yarn. ohhhh!!!! isn't the color just so yummy? i smile every time i look at it.  it's so funny to think back to when i was a hairdresser and my closet consisted of black to now wearing a bright grapefruit colored cardigan! my life is so much happier and brighter with the freedom of color!  this colorway is called "pink grapefruit" is yellow label dk weight from tanis fiber arts.  tanis is AMAZING!  i can't even write in descriptive words how awesome this yarn was to work with.  i can't even photograph it properly to show you all the delicious tones and colors in this cardi.  it's soft, lofty and so gentle against my skin.  tanis - you are so talented my dear! thank you again for the chance to knit this with your yarn. hugs!

now i've said this before and i will say it again, i love garter and i love lace.  so this cardi was a no brainer for me.  the lace pattern in it is easy to memorize and flows so nicely over the course of the pattern.  and the garter parts?  well let's just say those were my faves!  i love the look of garter and there are pockets in the garter?! yes! how can it get better than that?  i struggled a bit with finding the perfect buttons to accent this cardi and finally decided on some covered buttons with some fabric scraps i had that matched the tones well.  i adore them and get a kick out of them.


i'm so glad that i pushed past the arms and got this lovely finished.  i completed knitting it on december 22nd, blocked it and then seamed my pocket down & sewed my buttons on.  i've been wearing it ever since.  i'm so happy my lovely group of knitty pals pushed me to stay up late and finish the darn thing up. i honestly just kept procrastinating and working on new patterns (coming soon) and leaving my poor cardi sleeves as an after thought.  naughty girl i was.  from now on i'm going to try to knit my sleeves before i finish the body of a top down sweater or a cardigan.  we'll see if that helps me beat my sleevitis.

in the meantime i'll be curled up in this new knit.  smiling and dreaming of summer.

you can find my project page on ravelry here for my something silver and our summer sweater kal here. what project did you squeak by on finishing right before the end of the year? did you get your summer sweater kal project finished late too?  are you a fan of veera's or tanis fiber arts?  let's chat fo's ladies! happy new year's!

36 comments:

  1. Oh, it is beautiful and I love that color!

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  2. Congrats on finishing this awesome sweater! I love your custom buttons. The colour really suits you and am so thrilled that you had such a great time working with my yarns. Enjoy your new cardi!

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    1. Thank you sooooo much Tanis. It was a joy thanks to your awesome yarn!

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  3. love it shannon! and it looks fantastic on you! xo

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  4. I love it, It's lovely! It's such a wonderful feeling staying up till the early hours and finally casting off.. Then sewing up :) even if you are tired all the next day! ha!

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    1. I get such an adrenaline rush when that happens. I am always staying up way too late knitting into the wee hours of the night. Def not good in the morning :)

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  5. Omigosh love love love. Considering how many hours and hours it took me to knit a little cowl, I bow down to your sticktoitiveness and skill. You did an amazing job!!

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    1. Hahaha, thanks hun! It really wasn't that bad. Just the sleeves were :) You'll get there, I promise.

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  6. It's beautiful and I love the color! I will look into her patterns right away! Happy New Year!xxx

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    1. Her shawls and clothing are all gorgeous! I hope you find you like too :) Happy New Year's to you too!

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  7. So Pretty!!! I really am going to try to knit something with Tanis Yarn this year. I keep admiring the projects I see using this yarn and I think this is the year I try some out. I did eventually finish my Downtown Cardigan that I knit up during the SSKAL. I had it completely knitted, ends woven in & blocked 'on time'...but didn't put the buttons on it until Thanksgiving!! It was gifted to my mom for her birthday and is also a Veera Pattern. It fit me well on the top, but it did not fit around my belly and hips well, however, it was my own fault for not measuring myself and the sweater measurements matched the pattern perfectly. It fits my mom wonderfully and she also has been wearing her cardigan almost non stop since it was gifted in early December.

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    1. Oh no! That's too bad! Well the next one will be all for you. You should save up and treat yourself with Tanis for a new cardi just for you this summer :) You deserve it. I'm so glad your mom loves though. that's important that something that took that long to make will be cherished.

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  8. It is so pretty! Looks gorgeous on you, mama!

    I think sleeves before body is my new method, too. I'm with you on the sleeves - plus the body always gets in the way when knitting the sleeves. Win win?

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    1. You betcha! Just call me on it if I don't follow my own new rule :P

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  9. Good for you, girl! woot woot! This sweater is just lovely, the color is perfect! Go Shannon!
    parallel lives moment...i finished my finish-itis sweater too...check it out!
    xoxo

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    1. Ohhhh! Your Aidez is just beautiful! Looks gorgeous on you!!!! So purdy Hannah!

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  10. My goodness, this is gorgeous! And I adore the colour too, it's just beautiful.
    I get what you mean about the sleeves and I think knitting them first is a great idea. I always get really pumped about starting a new project so it goes fast at first, and then I hit that point where my motivation drops... which is also when I get to the sleeves, one of my least favourite things to do. It's a bad combo, but making the sleeves first would probably make a world of difference!
    Can't wait to see what you're making next :)

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    1. Ok, it's a deal. We should promise the next time we start a sweater to do the sleeves first :)

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  11. I love the colour & such a pretty knit...but onto me! I finished my 1st Mallory Cowl. So easy & looks good on, tho this one is for my sis-in-laws b.day, when we'll be starting to think about chillier weather here. New year, 1st handmade gift done & way-early, I'm feeling pretty good :)

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    1. Yay!!!!!!!!!! So excited! Pics please!!! You need one for yourself too now :)

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  12. Yay! So pretty, I just want to squish it. It's taken me ages to almost complete the arbutus cowl for my mom ( um for Christmas!!!!), which is supposed to be a "quick knit". Ha I can't imagine how long a sweater would take. You should see the state of this cowl....all of my wrap and turns are completely effed. I'll just tell her it's meant to be lacy.....

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    1. I give kudos for you for even attempting short rows right off the bat! I'm sure it looks way better than you think. Those darn wrap and turns are never as pretty as you think they should be :)

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  13. HEY! Well done on getting it finished. It's one purdy cardigan!

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  14. I love this cardi! The choice of color is breathtaking! I'm going to put this on my Ravelry queue.

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  15. Oooh love this one! Lace and garter - such a perfect combination and the color is just fab!!

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    1. I agree, a good combo right? You just can't go wrong with garter and some lace :)

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  16. How lovely is this one. I love that colour. Makes me think of spring. Everything that makes me think of spring and warm sunshine is a favourite :-)

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  17. So gorgeous!! OMG I WANT ONE RIGHT NOW. IN THAT COLOR. It's just so perfect!!

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  18. It's stunning! I'm glad you finally finished it! I've been pushing to finish my Summer Sweater KAL sweater too, so you are doing better than I am! :) Have you ever tried knitting your sleeves two at a time on circulars? That helps me when I have to do acres of stockinette sleeves. :P

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    1. Ohhhhh!!! I never thought of that for sleeves! You are an angel!!! I must try it!!! Thank you so much!

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  19. um, amazed!!!! it's so amazing and beautiful shannon. I'm sure you'll wear it like crazy. :)

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