Vanessa Cable Cardi

I completed this sweater in December using the Vanessa Cable Cardigan pattern from MillaMia Sweden.

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I’m a tad disappointed because I had dreams I would look like this woman…

Milla Mia Vanessa Cable Cardi

…complete with cool neon yellow trim. But I would’ve had to buy neon yellow yarn and knit with it, as opposed to choosing burgundy yarn. I guess I didn’t really think that part of it through. 😉

It was a pretty long project as the front panels were comprised of endless amounts of cabling. On one of the panels are a few rows of tight, kinda messed up knitting, which will be my everlasting reminder of that time I was knitting while watching the Season 5 premiere of the Walking Dead.

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I’m also a bit bummed because I thought the neck might be more like a funnel neck, but the collar just lies flat. Note to self! — don’t be fooled by models holding up collars in the pattern photo! I have been fooled by this more than once (see my asymmetrical moto jacket).

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It’s a lovely warm sweater, and the cabled fronts are extra warm as the texture makes the fabric thicker and seems to trap body heat.  I used one of my favourite yarns: Sandnes Garn Mini Alpakka for the taupe sections (colour #2650). It is soft and a bit fuzzy and lightweight yet warm. I love it. The burgundy contrast is Garnstudio Drops Alpaca in colour #3969. This is a very similar yarn but not nearly as soft and fuzzy.

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This is the third pattern by MillaMia Sweden I have knit (see my Annika cardigan and Erika cardigan), probably because I can’t seem to get enough of their use of colourblocking and contrast trim on their designs.

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This might be next on my MillaMia hit list (but how many cabled cardigans does one compulsive knitter need?). It’s a free download…click the image to get it.

MillaMia Livia Adult Cardigan

MillaMia Livia Adult Cardigan – free download

Or perhaps this:

MillaMia Bella Jacket

MillaMia Bella Jacket

On my Needles: Batik Dress & Colour Block Cardigan

There are a couple of things on my needles these days.

I’m making a sleeveless dress from this beautiful batik fabric I bought in Ghana, using Burda’s “Fatina” pattern #6051.

batik fabric from Ghana

Beautiful Batik Fabric from Ghana

Batik dress in progress

Batik dress in progress

And on my knitting needles, I’m working on the Erika Cardigan by MillaMia, using Cascade 220 sport yarn.

Work in Progress: the Erika Cardigan by MillaMia

Work in Progress: the Erika Cardigan by MillaMia

I chose a brighter blue than the model from the MillaMia website, as well as chartreuse for the sleeves instead of grass green.

The Erika Cardigan model

The Erika Cardigan model