Monday, January 31, 2011

Taking Care of Mama Monday

In the spirit of Twig and Toadstool’s Taking Care of Mama Monday, I’m sharing the Must-have cardigan I finished last night and family portraits I recently hung up.

I learned a lot of lessons on the cardigan, which I stayed up late to finish in hopes of wearing it today. The biggest lesson I learned is not to take six years to finish knitting clothing because styles change. It’s a classic sweater, but even though it blocked to the right measurements, its length is way too short by today's standards. It looks ridiculous on me, which is why you don’t see a picture of me wearing it. It’s modeled by the same yarn-loving cat in last week’s Yarn Along photo.

My husband and a friend both suggested adding length to it, which I don’t expect to work too well given the traditional pattern type. Maybe I’ll try it. My friend also suggested pairing it with a really long shirt beneath so the short length looks purposeful – definitely worth a try. But I may just douse it in water and block the crap out of it, stretching it until it reaches a decent length. We’ll see.

The family portraits were taken eight months ago, and even though I only got the prints in November, I regret waiting this long to hang them. They do a lot for my living room, which I has been a work in progress since we moved in. I’ve been working on the decorations [read: thinking about the decorations and trying different things here and there] steadily for a few months now, and it’s getting closer.

I’m planning a wall art project to hang between the photos. Stay tuned for the finished project and free pattern!

Happy Monday, mamas.


  1. Good on you for finishing. The number of knitted pieces that I have almost completed and then stopped. I hope you find a way to wear it.

  2. your sweater is gorgeous, i appreciate the 'mama monday' series!

  3. Oh my goodness...that sweater IS gorgeous! I'm with your friend who suggested the long shirt underneath! I mean, a 6 year sweater in the should wear it with pride!!!!!
    So glad you joined in again...keep creating!
    xo maureen

  4. I think a plain white blouse (or even pink or blue) underneath would look great!

  5. Good job for hanging in for SIX years!!! :-) I think the sweater is awesome!


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