FO: Atelier Cardigan

January 16, 2015

Atelier SweaterI  finished my Atelier cardigan last year, and finally got photos of it, and finally got around to showing you.  This is an outfit I wore to a business lunch before Xmas, which I really like.  The dress is from Target, and a good example of why I am so sad they are leaving Canada, it is a great dress, fits well, has full coverage, and looks like it costs a lot more than I paid.  But I digress.  Overall I do like the cardigan, but the fronts look awkward to me, and I have to keep pulling it closed.  It would probably look better hanging more fully open, but I’m cold all the time.  I can’t wear this sweater unless we have a good Chinook in Calgary.  This is my first MadTosh yarn, in the Pashmina base, in such a beautiful colour.

Today I had the privilege of visiting a slaughterhouse south of Calgary.  Yucky, yuck yuck.  I am so glad I don’t eat beef, and haven’t for many, many, many years now.  It was stinky, dirty, and nasty.  Of course Mr. J just said I smelled like a Slim Jim, which he liked, but I headed to the shower as soon as I got home.  Even slaughterhouses need clean water it would seem for their boilers, which is why we were there.  We saw a piece of leg with bone still it in in the parking lot, stepped on bone, and slipped on fat.  The only good thing is that so much of the animal is used, they have a bone meal, and a fat tallow business.  I much prefer the nice clean meetings downtown these days.

WSKAs always my goal was to be under 40 000 yards by the end of the year, and in this I have failed.  I have not failed as spectacularly as last year, when my New Year Tally was almost 53,000 yards. The total this year, drum roll please, is 45 511 yards!  I should be down under 40 000 yards again in 4 months!  Not too bad.  The stash I bought this year was worth it, this lovely set of skeins from Western Sky Knits was scored as well as a rainbow skein set from Rain City Knits as their Cyber Monday sale.

Quebec YarnI have a number new sweaters that I am itching to get too, as well as some I need to get knitted up asap.  I have so much good knitting planned for this year, I cannot wait to get at it!

Happy New Year to Everyone, and may you have fun rolling around in the stash as it gets tossed for the annual tallying!

I don’t plan to go on any diets this year, but I do plan on following some simple guidelines.  I will be buying online, but only from a few Canadian retailers, with the dollar the way it is, and shipping, plus duties at times it is too expensive to buy from US sites.  We hope to be visiting Utah in March, and stashing up on items that are expensive in Canada, keeping in mind the lower dollar, will be in order.  My knitting group is already super excited about Olds in June, so we’re looking forward to what lovelies we will discover there.  The photo above was a random purchase from Olds, it is just labeled “Quebec Yarn”, 100% laine, but I couldn’t resist the teal, purple, green combination, and bought all the grey as a background colour.   What an exciting year I have coming up!