Saturday, February 16, 2008

Using the stash - dedicated project #4

Earlier this week I bought a simple black cardigan on sale. It has sleeves to the elbow and is short - barely to the waist. I've been wearing it to work most days over long waisted tops and I really love it - and I'm surprised, because who would have thought a chubby ball of fun such as myself would enjoy layering her clothes? I mean, puh-lease!

This discovery that layering is actually OK has inspired me, and taught me not to dismiss patterns because they seem to short or too ridiculous. Dedicated project #4 is a case in point.

Stash: Cleckheaton Country 8 ply in charcoal - 14 balls


Issue: If I had more balls I would be making a cabled jumper. But I don't so I'm gonna have to do the cabled jumper after June 30 when I can buy the yarn.

Solution: Mei-Mei Bolero from
"Everyday Crochet" by Doris Chan. This is one of those books where the patterns are similarly constructed. So there is a lot of flicking between patterns trying to find rows 8-18 of pattern x and sleeve of pattern y to ultimately get a result of pattern z. It may well do my head in.


Lately I've been feeling the need to head to Melbourne for a few days of art and culture and friends. I may have almost convinced Mr QM to come with me in April and take the train up to Bendigo by himself to spend time with his folks, while I spend 4 days in Melbourne by myself. I'll know more next week when I ask for leave ... but I need this. Just a break for the mind and soul.


  1. Crochet does so well for cardigans, I think. The two really go together.

  2. Sometimes you just have to get away - sounds like a great idea.

    And I really like the idea of this cardi in the charcoal, will be lovely.

  3. A break sounds lovely... and I like the cardy! I'm (a little) ashamed to say I bought one from Big W - purple, with lacy sleeves, and definitely a layering piece. And I love it.


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