Monthly Archives: July 2007

The Brennan Cardigan

[Edited note, Dec 2013 – I’m no longer able to make this pattern available. Many thanks to those who have knitted and shown interest in it! I’ll be sure to keep bringing  my attention to new designs in the future :) ]


For anyone just tuning in, my full explanation of why I wrote this pattern may be found in this post from May. The name belongs to Dr. Temperance Brennan, the main character in the television show Bones, and in the Kathy Reichs series of novels upon which the television show is based. Dr. Brennan wore a sweater very similar to this one in an early episode of the series, and quite frankly, I wanted to figure out how to knit one for myself. Thus, this pattern was born. I believe this is a modern, flattering, stylish looking garment which is also comfortable and cozy, and it is only for the sheer volume of projects I have in my ever-changing knitting queue that I haven’t actually managed to start up on one for myself.

I am now pleased to offer this pattern for free in PDF format (download link appears below) in 5 sizes, measuring 32[34, 38, 42, 46] inches across the bust. I would recommend 2-3 inches of ease for a close but comfortable fit. I would like to add another size, possibly two, when I have another spare few moments to devote to it. Also, it is entirely likely that this pattern will still have errata, so I am comfortable putting out this version into the world as-is and making adjustments as necessary.

Why am I offering this pattern for free, you might ask? Well, there are several reasons. But really, the main reason is that, as will be clear from my previous post, this design very obviously takes close inspiration from a commercially-made garment, and as such I do not feel comfortable charging $$ for it. (The pattern instructions and sizing, however, are all the product of my own brain, so you can bet your ass I’m quite happy with that.) I will note, though, that my sweater is not a completely exact replica. There are some details in the inspiration garment that do not appear here. (Don’t worry, if you really want me to charge money for stuff, I’m quite sure I’ll find other new designs to do that with in the future ;) )

If you download this pattern and find value in it, I would recommend taking whatever money you think the pattern deserves and giving it to Knitters Without Borders, or, failing that, another deserving knitting-related Enterprise For Good.

This pattern assumes the knitter has already had some experience knitting sweaters, as it will provide some challenge through the use of short-rows, extensive seaming, work with a cable-needle, and working set-in sleeves. It is a garment constructed in pieces, and the back and two front pieces are both worked in sections, including long pieces of ‘diagonal ribbing’ which seam up at the sides to create a v-shape style at the side. (See picture below). This is the biggest challenge of the pattern. My sister Martha who knitted the pattern, and who is shown modelling the sweater, will happily tell you that these diagonal ribbing sections nearly did her in. This pattern also makes use of an “at the same time” instruction, for the front pieces, which involves working the armhole sections at the same time as the neckline decreases. In this pattern I also assume that you already have a comfortable method of working your decreases and increases at each side, for example, which is why the pattern instructions do not go into detail about whether you should ‘k2tog’ or ‘ssk’ any particular decrease. Other than that, I hope you will find that the pattern is worked in a very similar format to other standard knitting patterns.

Two small changes I have made between the sample pattern and this version is that I have made the front neckline slightly deeper, and the sleeves are slightly more fitted.



As for yarn and gauge, this pattern requires worsted-weight yarn knitted in a Stockinette gauge of 5 sts/6.5 rows per inch. There are a wide variety of yarns available in this gauge, which means you should feel at liberty to choose what best works for you and the pattern. My preference is for something woolen or wool-based, since it is light, warm, and keeps its shape well. Ubiquitous and priced-to-own yarns like Cascade 220 or Patons Classic Merino would work just fine. The sample in the photos was knitted with Brunswick Sheepswool, 100% worsted-weight wool. If you choose a non-wool fibre, I would recommend something which does keep its shape and isn’t very heavy (i.e. not 100% cotton!)

[Edited note, Dec 2013 – I’m no longer able to make this pattern available. Many thanks to those who have knitted and shown interest in it! I’ll be sure to keep bringing  my attention to new designs in the future :) ]

Download the pattern:

If you choose to knit this pattern I would be pleased to hear from you, and if you discover anything that needs adjusting I will be happy to start up an ‘errata’ page. Happy knitting!


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After the revolution everyone will have cake


I made this carrot cake cupcake recipe from Cupcake Bakeshop. The only things I did differently were to substitute 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 cup of the oil, and I didn’t use the candied ginger or pecans. (I like my carrot cake without any edible land mines.) The candied carrot sprinkles didn’t quite turn out – I should have cooked them in the sugar syrup a bit longer and then they would have reached crunchy texture. (They are nicely sweet as-is, though) ;)

Most of these will be coming with me tomorrow night to knit night, because I have realized that the key to eating up 2 dozen cupcakes is to have 2 dozen people around to help you. I might try more again next week, perhaps something vegan-friendly. Dudes, there is a world of cupcake recipes out there and that is a world I would like to be a part of.

Now I have to get back to the ol’ thesis. It’s so close, in that I have a lot of pages written. But also very far, in that those pages still need more organization, and more backup with some literature. Oh yeah, and I also have to make sure I have an “argument”, or whatever. Psh. Such a small detail…


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At Last

But sadly this isn’t a long leisurely pleasant “at last” like Gershwin would want, it’s a OMG just as long as I finish this &*%$ing pair of socks!! kind of “at last.” ::cough:: Anyway.


I finally finished the Jaywalkers. This is my second pair – I made a pair back in the fall but they didn’t fit, and I wanted a pair that would fit me. I realized by the time I got to the foot on the first sock that this really isn’t the pattern for me. I like the way they look when they’re finished, I think it’s a genius way of using self-striping yarn and I wish I could love the pattern, but I can’t. The 2nd sock was a slog. I think there’s something in the level of mindlessness that I look for in a sock that just wasn’t there – it’s not mindless enough for me to not pay much attention (like, say, basic stockinette), but it wasn’t complicated enough for me to sit down with it in the evenings and sink my teeth into it like something with cables or intricate patterns. It was just there.

Also, I barely eeked out a pair from this ball of Online Linie 100 – I would estimate I had about 5-10 yards left. Erk. So anyhoo, I am making friends with stockinette socks again, for they are lickety split and kind to me.


Ain’t she pretty? That’s Online Supersocke also, from their Tropic Color series. I snatched this up at Romni Wools a couple of months ago because the colour combination was just so friendly I had to have it. I like the not-quite-full-spectrum colour combo and the defined, uneven stripes. It makes me feel relaxed just looking at it. Aaaaahhhhhhh.

Also, in the back there you can spy some Socks That Rock from Blue Moon Fiber Arts – Lettuce Knit got some in last week and now I am finally a proud new owner of STR. Can’t wait to start knitting it up!

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For anyone still waiting to get their Ravelry invite, you can now go and find out your place on the waiting list and estimate how long it will be before your invite gets to you. These are all being done in an automated way – every day they tell the computer how many invites to send out, and then the computer reads the list of invite requests and takes the next batch, in the sequence of when people signed up for the invite. (No favouritism, in other words).

Also, I would like to pass this award on that Heather gave me:

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To a few of the ladies who I’ve been blogging with for many many months, just about the whole time I’ve been on this blog:
Kelly, at Hedgehog Knits
Marianne, at Marianne’s Knotminding
Twig, at Twig’s (mis)Adventures in Knitting
Michelle, at VeganPurls
My lovely see-stor Martha, at Under The Influence

Thank you ladies, for being rockin’ blogggers!
If only I could spend all day today knitting. Ah well…
I hope your Monday is relatively painless!


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But does your knit night have troubadours?

Lettuce Knit’s does. (Now.)

Round about 9 o’clock last night these two guys walked down the street singing, each strumming a guitar – the song was “Take On Me” by A-Ha! Everyone cheered and they came back. They played a rendition of “Faith” by George Michael before they departed us. I think they were as pleasantly bemused at a group of knitters cheering them on as we were to have been spontaneously serenaded. They are playing on Sunday at the Free Times Cafe and i wish I’d remembered the name of their group because they quite frankly deserve all the free press in the world. It was such a happy highlight of the evening and made me more gleeful than possibly anything else has in the last few weeks. (Even better than Ravelry). We told them they should come back next week. Maybe I’ll make cupcakes.

But wait. There might not be enough cuteness in your life today. Here, have some pictures of wee Clara. (I am sure mum Emily won’t mind?) Elizabeth is pictured there with her – if you want to hang with Clara at knit night you’ve got to work that out with Elizabeth first. ;)

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And as promised, here are progress pics. Jaywalkers:


I am not loving them right now. But they are 3/4 done and I must finish them or ELSE. I have more fish to fry. Like this After Dark Nightie which allowed me to get through the lace panels, and which I am now working in the round:


I love Stockinette country. It’s my favourite country to be in.

OOh look, something shiny!
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Heather very kindly awarded me a ‘Rockin’ Girl Blogger’ award! So now I have to pick 5 more and pass the love. I will get on that asap. At the moment my brain (and eyes) are still blurry from the eye doctor visit this morning and I have to reorient myself. After 2 nights of insomnia I slept like a log last night and am now finding some focus again. Still got that danged dissertation to write. Off I go…


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That there cracktastic addictive knitting website

I was all ready to show progress photos of Jaywalker and After Dark, except God only knows where my camera cord has gotten off to so at the moment I am new-photo-less. (Also, I was going to mention my Grand Plan to complete both of the lace edgings for the front and the back of the nightie, then join all sts and work the rest of it in the round. Yes, I was feeling moderately proud of that decision.)

But the long and the short of it, anyhow, is that I didn’t get much knitting done last night because instead I ended up on Ravelry. (Sneak peek here.) I got my invite on Friday, then patiently waited the rest of the weekend (I started out trying to get the username ‘crazyknittinglady’, which the site then truncated to ‘crazyknittinglad’, which was not quite the same look I was going for. So then Casey very kindly changed my username. I am now ‘GlennaC’).

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So now I’ve got a few projects up there and things in my queue (you create your profile and identity there by listing your WIPs, FOs, and wish lists) and am having a good time just browsing. My favourite part of the knitting blogs, especially when i first got on to reading them a little over a year ago, was looking at everyone’s FO photos. That’s pretty much the core of Ravelry as far as I can tell – the photos. I can see who else is knitting Jaywalker or who else wants to knit Clessidra or who else has Lorna’s Laces in their stash…

If you’re on Ravelry already, please feel free to come say hi and we can be friends…I’m still figuring out how to find people! If you’re not on Ravelry yet, I feel your pain, because I was sitting here for months, too, listening to people talk about Ravelry and wanting to roll my eyes every time…But they really are working that waiting list, they’re bringing people on every day at an increasing rate, and they really do want to make it open to everyone as soon as the bugs are all worked out.

ETA – Also, if you’re not on Ravelry yet but are waiting to be, a good way to get yourself prepped is to make sure you have FO pictures – and stash pictures, if you wish – on a Flickr account. The Raverly site imports photos directly from your Flickr account so that when you post a project, you can just drag and drop right from Flickr. Cool, huh?

Hopefully by the next post I will have found my camera cord…


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We interrupt your Sunday broadcast…

…for just a little bit of gratuitous food picspam.

Saturday was all about the kitchen, for me, and indulging in some new recipes. First, I assembled some S’mores Cupcakes:

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They are delicious – but very sweet. Tooth-brushing and flossing is very much required. The only thing I missed in the recipe was the sprinkling of graham crumbs, and I wish I’d had them (or crushed graham crackers), it would have completed the s’mores flavour. I suspect this recipe could be made vegan with a different chocolate cake recipe and an icing alternative – but sadly for the s’mores flavour it is hard to avoid the marshmallow.

(A propos of cupcakes, I suspect that this site may be my undoing.)

Then there was dinner. Salad Nicoise and Dave Liebermann’s Foccacias with caramelized onions. MMM.

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Oh yeah, and I finally sewed up the straps on that Honeymoon Cami as well… ;)


It’s simple but comfy and perfect for this time of year. As with the first Honeymoon Cami I did a year ago, I added about 2 inches of length before starting the waist shaping decreases and it sits much more suitably on me than the original pattern length would. it took just over 4 balls of Luna overall for the 36″ size.

And now, to get back to that nightie and conquer the lace edging…And find people to help me eat up 2 dozen cupcakes… ;) Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


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Looking up

This is me hugging my laptop.

It’s back, it’s repaired, i got the message last night and went in today after lunch to pick it up, and now it’s in my laptop bag waiting for me to get it home and boot it up. I can feel my state of mind improving already.

My sister (who has some excellent photos from her UK/Scotland trip up on her blog, if you’re feeling photographically inclined) has scored a house-sitting gig farther away from downtown, which has a nicer kitchen than ours, a deck for sitting, as well as central air (that will be particularly handy when the temp spikes again next week to the mid-30s). I am preparing to pack up a few belongings and join her for a few days, and will bring work and knitting along too.

I’m also dreaming about things to cook and bake. I think perhaps I’ll start with some of these (ooh and some nice olives maybe too), then perhaps these for dessert…And surely what with all this nice fruit around the markets these days, a few daquiris might not go amiss.

By the end of the weekend I might not even care about my knitted mistakes anymore, I’ll be in a pleasant food coma instead.

Happy Friday!


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