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Inspirational Knitting

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Ah, I can't believe I'm saying this.

I'm in a knitting slump. =P

No, I haven't stopped knitting… I still knit a lot and finish projects here and there… But it's different; I'm not as excited about projects as I was before. I know, I've said that before, so I know what to do. I need inspiration. Currently, I'm working on Silk Cocoon Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio. I really like her as a designer. All her designs are very delicate, feminine, but not fussy. My style. =D I can see myself wearing her designs at work, or at someone's house party.

 

Well, unfortunately, this one is for my sister. She's been requesting a wrap cardigan since I started knitting again 3 years ago. I tried knitting her one when I wasn't really good at seaming. It looked kinda bad. Haha. So~ When I showed her this cardigan in Interweave Knits Spring 2009, my sister got so excited! So, now that I'm in this so-called knitting slump, I'm taking care of my UFOs and projects in my queue.

And it's fun! I actually swatched and I never really swatch for my own projects. The only time I swatch is when I knit for designers because gauge has to be really accurate. As for my own knits, I knit with the needle and weight of the yarn given in the pattern, and I just knit, knit, knit, block to my size as much as possible, but if it doesn't work I give it away. =D No stress. Plus, I have pretty accurate gauge anyway.

 

So, that's my current medicine for the slump..

On the other hand, I finished some simple stuff, my initial attempts to get over the slump.

It's called the "Song Hye Gyo Bolero" because the style got famous by an actress in Korea.

Among the Korean knitters, this bolero was a big hit. I mean, literally everyone has made it. It was really easy to make too, just be careful with your gauge.

I like how it fits, kinda wish it was bigger but I like it so far. I wore it everyday since I made it. Although it's getting pretty warm these days, my room and Marty's house are still pretty chilly. And I don't do well with cold. I usually don't even take off my jacket when I'm at Marty's.

So that's it for now~ I'm hoping to finish the wrap cardigan by next month so I can get it to my sister. Oh, and Ravelympics 2010 is coming up! What are you guys planning to make?