2008 isn’t the only thing that’s finished around here.

Cable and Rib, "finished" 1576 days ago, I thought it might be a good idea to knit my husband a sweater; tomorrow, I knit something for myself.

For the final time: This is the Cabled Rib Cardigan from Men in Knits by Tara Jon Manning. I used just over 8 skeins of Blackwater Abbey’s wooly Bluestack on size 4, 3 and 2 needles. Best thing about this project: It’s done, and it doesn’t suck – it fits pretty well for a sweater (only my second!) that took four years to knit. Biggest learning experience: Knit both sleeves at the same time, or you’ll need to employ creative seaming techniques to compensate for the fact that one is an inch and a half wider than the other. [Surprisingly, no tears were shed when I discovered this; I just looked it over and said “I think I can fix this without reknitting it” and then I did. – ed.]

I set a goal of knitting 14 things in 2008, and didn’t meet it (total FO count: 10), but I think I may have knit more stitches than in 2007. Best of all, this sweater, my white whale, is done – and the recipient and I are happy with it. Happy knitty new year to you and yours – stay tuned for news about another FO (accidental Christmas knitting), and my first project of 2009. Surprisingly enough for the new year, it’s a bigtime blast from the past. Knit on!

5 thoughts on “2008 isn’t the only thing that’s finished around here.

  1. holly

    The sweater looks gorgeous! I really like the texture. Great job on figuring out the sleeve issue! I have been greatly tempted by the black water abbey yarns; they have some wonderful colors.

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  2. Brenda

    Well done! A beautiful white whale of a sweater, and you didn’t even have to lose a leg. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve chosen to knit for yourself.

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