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FO: Diminishing Rib Cardigan

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2 out of 14 down!

So, this sweater has a story:

Summer of 2009, I had just graduated from law school and was studying for the California bar exam. I took advice from many people and made sure I had certain part of my day dedicated to my hobby.

I worked on this sweater and finished for the first time on July 20, 2009. Bar exam was July 27~29 or something.

This is a top-down sweater, so I did the sleeves the last; I worked on the sleeves at-the-same-time 1~2 weeks before the exam. And.... I guess I was really stressed out and it messed up my tension.

When it was "finished" and I tried it on in the library restroom, the sleeves looked stiff and tight... Kind of reminded me of the Middle Ages armor.


I frogged the sleeves back to where I picked up.. put it aside until after the bar exam; and after the exam, I wanted to move onto a different project.

2 years have passed.

I found this hibernating project in a plastic bag when I moved into my husband's house. I put it in the closet so I can work on it soon. That was summer LAST year.

Finally, I picked this up again because of this little challenge I'm doing. Those of you who's not following my blog: I had 14 hibernating UFOs, I promised that I'll finish 2 projects before casting on 1 new project.

Yarn:  Berroco Comfort Worsted (Spruce; 4 balls)

Needles:   US #8 (5.0mm)

Pattern:   Diminishing Rib Cardigan from Interweave Knits Spring 2009.

In the past 7 days, I finished one adult men's sweater, and this cardigan. Which means I get to cast on for a NEW project. I think it'll be Juneberry Triangle. Or something quicker.

Anyways, this time  the sleeves fit perfectly, and I love how relatively light this sweater is.

When I knitted this, I was vegan and did not use any animal fiber. This is a top quality acrylic yarn, as far as acrylic yarn is concerned. The only cons would be the splittiness of the yarn.

I wish I could make this again with a silk-blend or at least bamboo blend, something I can block into shape better and something that is more drapey.

Diminishing Cardigan and ALMOST THERE

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<Bar> It's amazing. Only about a week left till THE DAY. I'll be heading up to Ontario next Monday.

I've been trying to put a positive spin on this whole bar exam thing for a long time: Example) I searched for yarn shops nearby= none, well not close enough anyway. 2) good food? Maybe, but being vegetarian, there aren't that many options there either, 3) shopping? I know there's Ontario Mills; I've been to it, it's ok, reminds me of home in Atlanta (We have Discvoery Mills).

I'm not as stressed out as I expected or as other people who are taking the bar. I think that's how it is generally for most people at our school. I'm listening to people freak out about their exams in different states, even though their passage rates are something as absurd as 80%!

I am also blessed with almost-photographic memory; but cursed with lack of stamina. As recommended by our professors, I tried to study close to 10~12 hours in the last two weeks. Can't be done. First day was ok, but from the second day, I kept falling asleep in the afternoon, and couldn't get up in the morning.

So here's my new schedule; shorten every block suggested by the school by 1 hour. So I start studying around 9~12:30. I'm really a morning person so I am more efficient in the morning. I memorize the approach for a subject per day in the morning. Lunch. Then come back, relax for a bit, and start against at 3pm~6pm, going over some practice questions and essays. I try to write out at least 1 essay, but mostly outline. If there's a topic that I'm not really good at, I'll write out the IRAC. Then I have dinner, and I simply relax, and go over the rules again from 8~9:30/10. So that's about 8 hours.

Right now, I'm feeling calm, and ready. Feeling pretty confident. Just have to keep this up.


I thank knitting for keeping me sane throughout this whole process. I started on this Diminishing Rib Cardigan from Interweave Knits when Bar/Bri began. Understandably, I'm not as prolific as I used to be during the school year, but I'm almost done with this cardigan. I may be able to wear it to Ontario!

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Tubular CO was ignored, but I liked Tubular Bind Off.  But I can't decide whether it looks SUBSTANTIALLY nicer than EZ's Sewn-off bind off, which I think is easier than tubular bind off.

I am working on the sleeves using 2-at-a-time, my favorite way of doing the sleeves. I always do my sleeves on one long cable needle because 1) I like doing it once, and get it over with, 2) I don't want to run out of yarn.

I'm one inch into the last 3x1 ribbing on the sleeves so I'll probably be able to finish up the sleeves tomorrow, and then bind off by Wednesday. =)

Current Project....

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<Knitting> Mangyle is almost done, so I hope to be able to post some pictures by this weekend.

Currently, I'm working on Diminishing Rib Cardigan (Interweave Knits Spring 2009) and almost done with the body (working on the modified 3x1 ribbing as I'm typing this).

Next project must be some lace project, though. I need to whip up some quick pretty scarves for presents.


I have not forgotten to take pictures of my new home. I cleaned up nicely, and I'll take some photos of the apartment when I have some time.

<Bar prep>

As scary as it is, tomorrow is July 1. Which mean, I have exactly 27 days till the DAY. Wow.

It is a long process, much like a marathon.. I must keep reminding myself that the finish line is almost there. It has been a fun, crazy 3 years and 2 months. =)