Jangly cables


I am making progress on Burrard. I’m actually tempted to say I’m making good progress, but a) I don’t want to jinx myself, and b) that’s all relative. I’ve never knit a sweater in pieces before, so the sense of satisfied completion I got when I cast off the right front on Tuesday is likely illusory. I mean, I still have the left front, the back, a sleeve and a half, and all the finishing, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

Sorry about the boring photo – the lighting around here sucks today. Anyway, I pinned it out for the photo, but I'll wait to block it with the other front, so they match.

Sorry about the boring photo – the lighting around here sucks today. Anyway, I pinned it out for the photo, but I’ll wait to block it with the other front, so they match.

Nonetheless, that little gleam of accomplishment? That will work wonders at pushing me through this project in a timely manner. One of the reasons I’m drawn to smallish projects (such as socks and mittens and things) is, I think, because on the way to a finished project, I get to feel like I’ve accomplished something. I tend to think of myself as a process knitter just as much as I am a product knitter (by which I mean, I choose projects that I will both enjoy knitting and enjoy wearing) and finished pieces satisfy both sides of that coin.

But lets talk about Burrard. I am so entirely enchanted by the various cables that they can occupy me for hours (or could, if I had hours and hours of free time to knit). I love that each column of cables is different, and that the orderly ones are offset by the sort of jangly (as in: jingle jangle) motif that is the real star of this cardigan. Those cables are orderly too, but the way they slosh from side to side is so much fun. I am really looking forward to the crazy cable that winds its way up the centre of the back, which I think I’ll cast on for next, while I still have some momentum.


8 thoughts on “Jangly cables

  1. lawlady1

    Nice cables – lots of interest. My biggest challenge in a pieced sweater is keeping all the pieces relatively the same size – that is, the arm holes match up properly and the front and back sections are the same length.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      I’m a little worried about too, but I’ve been keeping pretty detailed notes, and at least this one has a motif that exists on all the pieces, so I’ve been basing my notes on what row of that chart I’m on when I decrease or increase or whatever. I’m going to block them all together, so if there are little differences, hopefully I can deal with them then.

  2. teaspoonofmel

    Nice work! That is one nice thing about working in pieces – you can check pieces off the list as you go, and know you’re making progress. I like the squiggly cables, to me they look very organic. Keep up the good work!

  3. Cassy

    That looks fantastic! I love working in pieces for the feeling of accomplishment and the increased portability of the knitting. I love the DNA-ish cable on the left. I can see how that would be addicting.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Thank you! I think they look sort of DNA-ish as well. I keep saying ‘Just one more bend’ and then getting sucked into a whole repeat. That does speed up the knitting though.

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