My current work in progress:

Geiger by Norah Gaughan, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the “Schwefel” colorway, using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles.

Norwegian Fir

Thank you for all your kind comments about my Geiger Cardigan. It was such a great project and such fun to knit. If you want a challenge, this is a great choice! I advise anyone embarking on it to read ahead n the pattern. There are so many things going on at the same time that it can be difficult to keep track. I made a chart to keep track of what shaping I needed to do do on which row and that was extremely helpful.

There were a couple of questions in the comments about the bind off on the button band. Isn’t it pretty? It’s a Picot Bind-off, not at all difficult to do and it’s such a nice little touch. I made the front bands a couple of rows deeper than the pattern directed, by the way, because the buttons I used were a bit larger than the pattern directed.

Since I completed Geiger I have been working on a non-public project, but I also finished this yesterday, shown here in its yet-to-be-blocked state:

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This cute little baby sweater is the Norwegian Fir Top-Down Cardigan by OGE Knitwear Designs. I knit it from Rowan Baby Merino Silk Dk. The intended recipient will reside in California after birth, so doesn’t need anything superwarm, and this yarn is machine washable, so seemed like a good choice.

The pattern was easy and fun and comes in a very wide size range.

In closing, here is an overhead view of Loki in one of his favorite spots: the end table next to the sofa.

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As you can see, he does not exactly fit on an end table.

Geiger Completed

I actually finished Geiger quite a while ago – November 12. I missed posting last week due to a number of unfortunate Real Life events (sounds like the name of a novel) that have distracted me from knitting. I am doing my best to, in the words of Elizabeth Zimmermann, “knit on with confidence through all crises.”

Anyway, Geiger front:

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And Geiger back:

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I am delighted with this knit — it was challenging and highly entertaining. I used Wollmeise Merino DK in the Schwefel colorway. Here’s a close-up of one of the adorable bronze edelweiss buttons I selected for it:

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Back to the grind! As you can see, Loki is, as always, hard at work:

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Sleeves

Sleeves are done!

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All that remains is to pick up a million stitches for the front bands, knit ’em, and sew the sweater together.

Loki is in position to help.

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Geiger Progress

Norah Gaughan’s Geiger cardigan is a fantastic, fun pattern to knit, but it is not for the weak of heart. The most important skill you need to knit this cardi is the ability to follow directions. 😉

There are so many different things going on at the same time that I made myself a little chart to keep track of what shaping is being done on which row.

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I finished the back last weekend:

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And I finished the side fronts this morning:

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Next up: sleeves!

Loki is ready to “help” me as you can see. He does a great job of ensuring that my laptop does not escape!

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Speaking of Norah Gaughan . . .

Here is my new work in progress:

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This is Geiger, a Norah Gaughan design from the Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2018 collection, which was published last January. I’ve had my eye on this pattern ever since then!

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The pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, a DK weight wool yarn. I’m using Wollmeise Merino DK in the “Schwefel” colorway, a lovely green. The German word “schwefel” translates to “sulfur” in English. This surprised me a bit, so I googled images of sulfur — sulfur appears to to be a light yellow/green, quite a bit lighter than this colorway. On the Wollmeise website it describes schwefel as “brimstone-yellow” and says it is a matching colorway to “Potzblitz” — this I can see!

However you describe it, Schwefel is a lovely green and in my opinion is perfect for the pattern, which is reminiscent of an Austrian boiled wool jacket. No surprise there, since Geiger of Austria is a company that manufactures and sells Austrian wool jackets and coats, and has been since the 1980s.

The Geiger pattern is classified as “advanced” and I think that is pretty accurate. There is a lot going on — twisted ribs, travelling stitches, intricate cables, different textures, short-row shaping.The pattern is very well-written and detailed — it is 30 pages long! And so far, so good. I do love me some intricate cables, and this project has them a-plenty.

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Thank you for all your lovely comments on my Throwback Cardi. I was actually able to wear it to work one day last week!

Loki says he prefers his coat.

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