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I am thrilled to say that just before I jetted off to San Francisco I finished my tea party cardi.  I had intended to take it with me but the skirt I was going to wear it with didn’t in the end get packed.

Anyway, it’s not my ideal cardi as it’s quite short, a little longer than a bolero and I should have gone for the  next size up as it’s a little tight across the chest.  However,  it has achieved its objective in giving me my confidence in knitting back and using up the cotton that was sitting around after I gave up on the overall cardigan where I am sure the pattern was very wrong – interestingly I haven’t seen any completed projects of the original pattern on Ravelry.
The whole thing last year really dented my confidence in knitting and its been a year since I last picked up the needle.  Exploring Ravelry due to the crocheting I have been doing made me realise that I could locate an alternative pattern for the wool.  I chose the tea cardi as it was a simple pattern and lots of people had completed one.   It has indeed knitted very easily and I would knit another one but a larger size.

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I decided that as it wasn’t a posh cardi but had a real handcrafted feel I would go for some natural looking buttons.  I am really pleased with the coconut ones I got from Totally Buttons.

I haven’t decided on the next knitting/crocheting project but I think it will be crochet as I find it so much more satisfying at the moment.  In the meantime, when I get home I have some PJ bottoms to sew.

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