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Marty's Unfortunate Sweater - RFO (Refinished Object)

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The end (hopefully) of a 6-year journey:

To recap very quickly: Marty and me, dating. Adopted a dog. Second day, the dog ate Marty's sweater. Sweater was one of the only 2 sweaters he had. The knitter girlfriend promises a sweater. Girlfriend becomes wife. Finally at 4-year anniversary, she casts on the sweater. Finishes the sweater in December 2014. Sleeves don't fit right. Baby born. Sleeves refinished now in November 2015.

The said dog who ate Marty's Sweater in this picture:

he has been very good to our sweaters since then so I hope no more unfortunate incidents. :)

otherwise, Marty will have to wait another 5 years for a new sweater.

 

Thoughts on yarn shopping

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A week ago, I complained here how disappointed I was about my yarn stash being so big even after consciously destashing for a year.

 

So I have been thinking about my yarns and fabric stash. And I am a little calmer and came to realize that my stash has very little to do with knitting or sewing plans, and more to do with inspiration.

When I look at yarns or fabric, I get excited over the texture, the colors, and the possibilities. When I look and touch wool suiting fabric, I dream about making my husband a custom tailored suit. When I look at handdyed merino yarn, I think about wrapping myself in a cozy warm sweater.  

I have come to accept the fact that as long as I knit and sew, I will always have a stash. Because a creative person should not be afraid to invest in his or her source of inspiration. I don't just craft. Things that are made by me represent who I am and what I dream of.  

So. What do I have this week to represent my dreams: 

I have a Playful Stripes cardigan I am knitting for Logan, in Oink Pigment yarns that I purchased at Yarnosphere 2 weeks ago.  

Oink pigment sport. | Candy & Bagel 

Oink pigment sport. | Candy & Bagel 

 

And I have been becoming more interested in knitting dolls and softies lately and cast on for a Baby Doll by Susan B. Anderson in the Itty-bitty Toys book. I am making it a gender neutral doll, without the dress and am thinking of making something matchy matchy for Logan. 

I am also working on an old WIP project, Cameo by Wendy Bernard. The original design is a cropped cardigan with short sleeves but I have lengthened the body and will be making the sleeves long as well with shaping.  

And I have an FO! I finally re-knitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater which is drying on the rack right now. I re-installed the zipper as well because Marty complained that the zipper end keeps poking his neck. The mornings and nights here have been absolutely sweater worthy so I will try and get some action shots next week. 

Reknitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater.  | Candy & Bagel

Reknitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater.  | Candy & Bagel

Chillin'

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Lightweight sweaters for fall. Tee: Handknit, "Sweet Lil' Tee" pattern; Coat: Burberry; Jeans: AG Jeans Bootcut.

Lightweight sweaters for fall. Tee: Handknit, "Sweet Lil' Tee" pattern; Coat: Burberry; Jeans: AG Jeans Bootcut.

Last Sunday, the Daylight Saving Time ended and we did "fall backward." (as in Spring Forward/Fall Backward, for those of you not in the U.S.) And as if the weather finally realized it was time to move on, it rained on Monday. 

And today, I officially feel chilly in my sleeveless top and PJ shorts. This, my friends, officially marks the beginning of "colder season" in Southern California. 

Obviously, I wait all year for this time to wear all my handknits. Socks for bedtime and morning, sweaters and shawls for walking the dogs, and hats for rainy days. And I like to wear lightweight sweaters like my Sweet Lil' Tee for this transitional time into more colder season. 

 

Although the tee has cap sleeves, it is knitted in 100% merino wool. It is very insulating and therefore, all it needs is a light coat or a jacket to complete the look for the season. 

To accessorize, I like to keep things simple -- a men's watch ("borrowed" from my husband), orange brown lipstick, with tall heels to match the bootcut jeans.