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June 15, 2008

From Sally — A Bundle of Joy

Filed under: Back Story,Sally's Ode to Joy — surly @ 11:38 am

You thought I was talking about my Ode to Joy cardigan, didn’t you? Just remember, though — you can never underestimate the power of the bad Rainey Sister puns. The bundle of joy I’m talking about is this one:

Yes, it’s true! It’s Susan’s birthday!!!


Susan is my sister, my best friend, my mentor, my cheerleader, and my therapist. It’s a thankless job, but fortunately she is there to do it!!

Now, on to the other bundle of joy: my cardigan. Slowly but surely I’m making progress. I’ve finished the back and the two fronts, put them together at the shoulder, and done some of the neck finishing. Lucy was SO happy to finally have something to wear, even if it is awfully skimpy.

So I have to knit two small pieces on the back (which is how you join the front and back at the sides), knit the sleeves, figure out exactly how much I need to lengthen it, and knit the front bands. Stay tuned.


  1. Happy Birthday Susan!

    Sally, your Ode to Joy looks really cool! Can’t wait to see the finished garment.

    Comment by Jason — June 15, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

  2. Happy Birthday Susan. And I love your Ode to Joy Sally!!! Such pretty colors.

    Comment by Bonnie — June 15, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

  3. Happy Birthday, Susan. Have a wonderful day.

    Comment by Michele with one L — June 15, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  4. Happy birthday, Susan!!

    Sally – I gasped out loud when I scrolled to your first OTJ photo. It’s lovely, and I can’t wait to see the progress of finishment!

    Comment by Angie — June 15, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  5. Hope you’re having a terrific birthday, Susan!

    The Ode to Joy looks quite wonderful.

    Comment by Marina — June 15, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

  6. Happy Birthday Susan- can you be my therapist too?

    Sally- Ode to joy is wonderful.

    Comment by Lorraine — June 15, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  7. Love your blog. The sweater is taking shape and looks great!
    Can’t wait to see the finished product with those gorgeous buttons!
    Happy Birthday to Susan! My little sister is my best friend too next to hubby.
    She lives right next door. So we see each other every day.

    Comment by Snowbird — June 15, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  8. Your sweater looks terrific. My daughter gifted this kit to me on Mother’s Day in the same colorway. I can’t wait to see how mine looks. Happy Birthday to Susan!

    Comment by Joan Hamer — June 15, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

  9. Happy Birthday, Susan! What a cutie you were, in your frilly little dress, and look at your proud parents. I noticed your hands and the quizzical look on your face in the middle photo–who grabbed your knitting needles out of your little hands just before the photographer snapped the picture?

    Sally, the Ode to Joy is looking beautiful–Beethoven would be proud!

    Mary G. in Texas

    Comment by Katie's Granny — June 15, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

  10. Happy Birthday Susan! And what glorius weather in celebration of your birthday. I’m so glad you planned it that way.

    Comment by Pam/2muchfun — June 15, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

  11. Happy birthday, Susan! BTW, I finished my (shorter version) shawl yesterday with more yarn left over than I expected. Keep in mind the edging uses up a bit. Will hopefully block it tomorrow. Can’t wait to see yours!

    Comment by Katie K — June 15, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

  12. Happy Birthday Susan! Have a great day!
    Sally, what a great cardigan!

    Comment by Ute — June 16, 2008 @ 4:33 am

  13. Happy birthday Susan. Wish I had such a great sister! Gorgeous cardigan, Sally. I’d love a sister like you, too. Sadly, my only sister died 25 years ago at age 35.

    Comment by Astrid — June 16, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

  14. Happy belated birthday, Susan. And the Ode is looking good, Sally, it’s fun being able to watch someone else’s progress as I’m working on mine. FYI, the sleeves take FOREVER (as most sleeves do). I’m nearing the half-way point of the first one now. So I’ll finish the sleeves, sew them up and go on a hunt for buttons that work as perfectly as yours do (I’ve got the Purple Passion colorway).

    Comment by Anne C. — June 16, 2008 @ 7:26 pm

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