Thursday, February 10, 2011

Another Early Bird update

Whew! Last night I finished the second sleeve from my beauteous Early Bird Special Cardigan. I gave both sleeves a bath this morning and now they're napping the afternoon away on blocking boards.

Let me show you my absolutely perfect buttons! The buttons, shown here on the swatch, foreshadow a beautiful design detail suggested by Kathy Zimmerman: I'm going to put the buttons and the buttonholes in the middle of the first cable. (This photo simulates what the sweater will look like when buttoned.) Imagine my delight when I stumbled on these oval celtic buttons at Kathy's store. She only had a few but I was able to find the rest I needed online.

Last night I also mapped out where the cables will appear on the back. I'm enjoying designing this cardigan. Kathy sent me on my way with some design milestones such as the cable stitch pattern and the buttonhole details, but I get to decide exactly which route I take to get to the finished sweater. It's so fun! I plan to cast on for the back this evening.

I'm still pushing to have the Early Bird finished by mid-March before we start the Waltham Cabled Cardigan KAL. If you haven't signed up or want to learn more about this knitalong, visit our Ravelry page. The 50 intrepid knitters who have signed up are busy choosing their yarn and starting their swatches. Come join us! We'd love to have you. Here's a photo of the gorgeous Waltham in case you haven't seen it.


  1. OMG the buttons! I love them! I bought myself some pewter celtic buttons at Rhinebeck in October and I'm thinking that the perfect project for them may be the Waltham! :)

  2. Julie, that cable pattern is one of the most beautiful I've seen! I just LOVE it!!!
    The buttons are perfect!
    You must be soooo excited to be working on such a lovely sweater.

  3. thanks for confirming my suspicion that the buttons really rock, girls! thanks for reading this blog and doing the kal, too.

  4. It is absolutely stunning!!!

  5. God, I LOVE those buttons!!! (Dottie)