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Ten days of blog dormancy… I usually set up some blog entries to post before I head out on a trip, but this trip came up so quickly that I didn’t have the chance to do that!

Kris and I are back from our Southern California roadtrip and family visit (newborn niece! sister!), and I can’t wait to tell you more about it … just waiting for the 1300+ photos to download!  (Don’t worry, I won’t show them *all*…)  We had a wonderful time seeing this region of the US – meeting some amazing people, seeing lots of hockey games, and tasting the culinary delights, and finally being with loved ones.

… More on all of that later…

I worked on this cardigan to have it ready for hand delivery to my sister by the time we got to her new home in Monterey, and I finished seaming it in the car just a few hours before we arrived at her house.  Perfect timing!

Mimi's Ruby Cardigan - Front View 

Mimi's Ruby Cardigan - Back Detail

Ruby Cardigan
Pattern: “Ruby” from the Breeze collection
Designer: Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed (#15 colorway)
Needles: Size US 5 and 6

What a joy to knit, and it looks great on my lovely sister!  The cardigan had some great details, like the fold-over collar, the garter hems with picot edging… Mimi said it looked like the pages in an old book, slightly uneven and ruffled.  It really adds character, and was fun to knit too. 

Mimi's Ruby Cardigan - Sleeve / Cuff Detail 

The yarn was perfect.  It blocked so evenly and has such a professional look to it.  Along with Silky Wool, this is quickly becoming my favorite yarn.  I think it will wear well for years.  The tweed has depth and such a lovely range of color flecks.  The overall red – kind of a mix of rust and berry red, don’t you think? – looks great with my sister’s complexion, and should be a nice addition to her wardrobe.  I wanted to give her something comfortable yet flattering – something that a new mommy can feel good in, but still wear with baby.  I hope this cardigan succeeds in that goal!  It sure was a pleasure to knit, and even more of a pleasure to give it to her in person!

Mimi's Ruby Cardigan 

Mimi's Ruby Cardigan 

Yea for new knits on pretty sisters!  Yea for a new niece!  Yea for vacation! Can’t wait to share my photos with you all :)   Stay tuned~


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31 Responses

  1. Dad

    Glad you’re home and that you and Kris had a great trip. Looking forward to the photos.


  2. grumperina

    It looks great on your sister. That yarn was a wonderful choice!

  3. Phoe

    Wonderful cardigan!

  4. Mom

    Love your photos! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I am looking forward to more pictures. The cardigan is so cute and looks good on Min. You are a loving sister and she will remember this each time she wears it! XXOO

  5. Mandy

    It’s so beautiful and your sister – a new mommy! – looks fab. Very flattering! Can’t wait to hear/see more about this big trip!

  6. brooke

    This is really beautiful! Love the color and details.

  7. mai

    i hope you had such a great trip! that new cardigan is beautiful! your sister is very lucky…now, where are those baby photos? ;)

  8. Annette

    The sweater if beautiful and it looks great on your sister!

  9. Josiane

    Gorgeous! You chose the perfect yarn and pattern: it makes for a terrific sweater that suits your sister awesomely well!

  10. Leslie

    Awwww. That is so sweet!

  11. Jennifer

    Great sweater. Great sister. Great news! Congratulations to all. I’m glad you were able to get away for a visit. How fun.

  12. britt

    very pretty. i love tweed. you just can’t go wrong there.

  13. monica

    That looks great on your sister. You both have the same pretty smile!

  14. Chandler

    It looks lovely on her! Great work on such a beautiful and sensitive gift!

  15. Heather

    The sweater is just as lovely as your sister!

  16. disentangled

    great cardigan! and your sister looks positively thrilled :)

  17. Estella

    Lolly, it is lovely! The color is fantastic and the details are wonderful. What a good sister you are.

  18. Tally

    She really resembles you :-)
    Beautiful jacket, joyful sister.
    Greetings from Hamburg

  19. mick

    I love this sweater. And I definitely have to check out silky tweed; I’ve used silky wool once and LOVED it.

  20. Kala

    That sweater looks gorgeous on her, great job!

  21. sue

    It looks so professional and it looks perfect on your gorgeous sister. She looks marvellous for just having a baby too, I must say. I love the colors of the wool too, very nice.

  22. Preeti

    I love the yarn choice for this pattern, it drapes so well. The texture of the tweed and the little details make this so gorgeous. Your sister looks beautiful in her new handknit!

  23. Rae

    The sweater came out wonderfully I love the color & yarn you chose. I love the sleeves. I bet your sister is loving it .

  24. Stacey

    I’m so glad you made it home safely and had such a wonderful time with your sister!

    As for the “meeting amazing people” part…by “amazing”, you mean “nuts”, right? ;)

  25. Harpa J

    The cardigan is wonderful and it looks great on your sister.

  26. yahaira

    so perfect and sweet! that red is definitely a “mimi color”

  27. Gudrun

    Your sister looks great in this beautiful knit! I’m with you on all the Yeas as I’m about to head to Scotland to see a new niece and to see my sister (she didn’t have the baby but I haven’t seen her for two years)!

  28. carole

    lolly! that is gorgeous! I’m finally blogging again AND I’m off to buy yarn for my first knitting project in MONTHS. So excited!

  29. Sarah

    What a lovely sweater! I’m glad your trip went well; too bad we didn’t get a chance to meet up. Maybe the next time I’m back East or when you’re out this way again!

  30. Pensguys

    I LOVE it!!! So much so, I ordered the Breeze Collection so I could start on a sweater or two. :)

  31. Nicole

    It looks stunning on her Lolly! Lucky sister!

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