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MISHI2X DESIGNS

HAND KNITWEAR DESIGNS

BY MICHELE WANG

Kneglected Knitting

I feel a little guilty. I just took a quick look back and realized I haven't really talked about knitting in a long time. It appears as though I've abandoned my first, true love.

The unfortunate reality is that so much of my knitting is work-related, and I don't like spoiling the excitement of new releases. But, occasionally I do get to cast on for a personal project. And the one currently on my needles is Carrie Bostick-Hoge's Uniform Cardigan.

To give you an idea of the pace at which I'm going, I bought the yarn, Quince's Owl (totally amazing), in early February at Knit Wit when I made the trip to Portland, Maine.  

And, this is how far I've gotten:

 Piddly progress on my Uniform Cardigan.

Piddly progress on my Uniform Cardigan.

It was my first trip to Portland and I was completely smitten. Not only did I get a chance to meet Bristol (Ivy) after months of e-mailing, IMs and texts, but I was reunited with my original BT buddy Leila (Raabe) again and got to hang out at the Brooklyn Tweed Warehouse. Glamorous, I tell you!

Bristol was kind enough to set up a lunch so I could meet some Portland-based designers. Carrie, Clara Parkes, Hannah Fettig, Jerusha Robinson and Cecily Glowik were all there. I mean... c'mon. I could barely eat. I felt like a squib at a Ravenclaw's table. I tried staying calm which meant I kept stuffing my face with food so I wouldn't say anything stupid. I hope I succeeded. Now they just think I'm a quiet little piglet. And what made the trip the ultimate dream was that we ran into Pam Allen when we were done. I'm pretty sure i just stood there and smiled, dumbly. Oh, and I may have "run into" (stalked) Clara at the local coffee shop and got to hang with (stare at) her for a bit. But, now I'm just bragging. Back to the Uniform Cardigan.

I mean... seriously? Could she have gotten it any more perfect?  

 © Carrie Bostick-Hoge

© Carrie Bostick-Hoge

After purchasing the pattern, it took me a good long while to figure out the combination I wanted to make. There are several options:

The length - long or short?

The fit - A-line, straight or shaped waist?

Pockets - inset, patch or none?

Collar - straight or shawl?

Sleeves - straight/fitted or bell?

The pattern is loaded up with photos of all the different combinations and I hemmed and hawed until I settled on something super simple. Long, straight, inset pockets, straight collar, straight fitted sleeves. I figure if I wanna get fancy, I can always do another one.  (Yeah, right.)

 © Carrie Bostick-Hoge

© Carrie Bostick-Hoge

This Owl yarn is to die for. It's like buttah. The alpaca makes it really smooth and glossy, but the wool gives it the oomph and body. I swatched on a few needles, and liked them all - from 5's through 8's. Luxurious and rustic all at the same time.

 Quince & Co.'s Owl Yarn in Tawny.

Quince & Co.'s Owl Yarn in Tawny.

Soon, very soon, I'll be announcing some new knitting pattern releases. Until then, I intend on unleashing my senseless torture upon you with more of my adventures in sewing. Stay tuned!