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June 4, 2008

From Sally — A Little More Joy

Filed under: Sally's Ode to Joy — surly @ 10:50 am

There’s good news (at least for me): I’m allowed out of my splints for a few hours each day, and I am allowed to knit as long as I don’t over do it. Yay!

So, I finished the lower part of each front of my Ode to Joy and then knit the first piece of the back. Here they are stacked up. (Hmmm. I think I see a croissant flake/crumb on the back. Oops.)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is a cropped cardigan. Very cropped. The size small is only 18″ long when finished. These pieces measure just 16″, which makes sense because there is a bottom border and some length added at the shoulder. It’s just a little too short for me; I’d like my finished length to be 20″ even for a cropped sweater. I debated about whether to add stitches to the top half of the fronts on the armhole side to get length that way, but decided against that method because it would lower the neck and cause me to do some more obvious cosmetic changes on the back. So I went ahead and finished the first front with the idea that I’ll add a couple of inches to the bottom of the sweater when I’m finished.

Here’s the right front as finished:

I was asked which decrease I am using. I’m following the pattern directions on this one: slip one, knit two together, pass the slipped stitch over. All decreases are done on the wrong side.

In response to a question about how the color changes are done: You knit this sweater holding together three strands of lace weight merino (and using that as one yarn). You switch out one strand of yarn at a time to a different color in order to change the colors. The pattern provides the exact sequence and tells you when to switch.

It’s a fun knit and easy to pick up and then put down, which is great for me right now.

PS from Susan: I’m just going to piggyback on Sally’s post and add a picture of my Saartje’s Booties with Buttons:

Saartje's Booties w/Buttons

I gave them to “Big Sister” and she loved them!


  1. From Susan — I’m really glad you are getting to knit a little more — Woo Hoo!

    Comment by lv2knit — June 4, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

  2. Sally, the sweater is looking beautiful, but shouldn’t you change the name to “Ode To Croissant Crumb”?!

    Susan, the Saartje booties are too cute, and I can just picture the wee little lass in them.

    Mary G. in Texas (who doubts that Beethoven would have approved of the sweater’s name change)

    Comment by Katie's Granny — June 5, 2008 @ 12:32 am

  3. I’m delighted to know that the needles are clicking again, Sally!!

    Comment by Ann — June 5, 2008 @ 8:52 am

  4. Ode to Joy is gorgeous, and the little booties are extremely cute : )

    Comment by Octopus Knits — June 5, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

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