FO: Diminishing Rib Cardigan

Diminishing Rib Cardigan

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Diminishing Rib Cardigan

So, this sweater has a story:

Summer of 2009, I had just graduated from law school and was studying for the California bar exam. I took advice from many people and made sure I had certain part of my day dedicated to my hobby.

I worked on this sweater and finished for the first time on July 20, 2009. Bar exam was July 27~29 or something.

This is a top-down sweater, so I did the sleeves the last; I worked on the sleeves at-the-same-time 1~2 weeks before the exam. And…. I guess I was really stressed out and it messed up my tension.

When it was “finished” and I tried it on in the library restroom, the sleeves looked stiff and tight… Kind of reminded me of the Middle Ages armor.


I frogged the sleeves back to where I picked up.. put it aside until after the bar exam; and after the exam, I wanted to move onto a different project.

2 years have passed.

I found this hibernating project in a plastic bag when I moved into my husband’s house. I put it in the closet so I can work on it soon. That was summer LAST year.

Finally, I picked this up again because of this little challenge I’m doing. Those of you who’s not following my blog: I had 14 hibernating UFOs, I promised that I’ll finish 2 projects before casting on 1 new project.

Front curls a bit, I hope blocking will help

Yarn:  Berroco Comfort Worsted (Spruce; 4 balls)

Needles:   US #8 (5.0mm)

Pattern:   Diminishing Rib Cardigan from Interweave Knits Spring 2009.

In the past 7 days, I finished one adult men’s sweater, and this cardigan. Which means I get to cast on for a NEW project. I think it’ll be Juneberry Triangle. Or something quicker.

Anyways, this time  the sleeves fit perfectly, and I love how relatively light this sweater is.

When I knitted this, I was vegan and did not use any animal fiber. This is a top quality acrylic yarn, as far as acrylic yarn is concerned. The only cons would be the splittiness of the yarn.

I wish I could make this again with a silk-blend or at least bamboo blend, something I can block into shape better and something that is more drapey.

Diminishing Cardigan and ALMOST THERE


It’s amazing. Only about a week left till THE DAY. I’ll be heading up to Ontario next Monday.

I’ve been trying to put a positive spin on this whole bar exam thing for a long time: Example) I searched for yarn shops nearby= none, well not close enough anyway. 2) good food? Maybe, but being vegetarian, there aren’t that many options there either, 3) shopping? I know there’s Ontario Mills; I’ve been to it, it’s ok, reminds me of home in Atlanta (We have Discvoery Mills).

I’m not as stressed out as I expected or as other people who are taking the bar. I think that’s how it is generally for most people at our school. I’m listening to people freak out about their exams in different states, even though their passage rates are something as absurd as 80%!

I am also blessed with almost-photographic memory; but cursed with lack of stamina. As recommended by our professors, I tried to study close to 10~12 hours in the last two weeks. Can’t be done. First day was ok, but from the second day, I kept falling asleep in the afternoon, and couldn’t get up in the morning.

So here’s my new schedule; shorten every block suggested by the school by 1 hour. So I start studying around 9~12:30. I’m really a morning person so I am more efficient in the morning. I memorize the approach for a subject per day in the morning. Lunch. Then come back, relax for a bit, and start against at 3pm~6pm, going over some practice questions and essays. I try to write out at least 1 essay, but mostly outline. If there’s a topic that I’m not really good at, I’ll write out the IRAC. Then I have dinner, and I simply relax, and go over the rules again from 8~9:30/10. So that’s about 8 hours.

Right now, I’m feeling calm, and ready. Feeling pretty confident. Just have to keep this up.


I thank knitting for keeping me sane throughout this whole process. I started on this Diminishing Rib Cardigan from Interweave Knits when Bar/Bri began. Understandably, I’m not as prolific as I used to be during the school year, but I’m almost done with this cardigan. I may be able to wear it to Ontario!

Tubular CO was ignored, but I liked Tubular Bind Off.  But I can’t decide whether it looks SUBSTANTIALLY nicer than EZ’s Sewn-off bind off, which I think is easier than tubular bind off.

I am working on the sleeves using 2-at-a-time, my favorite way of doing the sleeves. I always do my sleeves on one long cable needle because 1) I like doing it once, and get it over with, 2) I don’t want to run out of yarn.

I’m one inch into the last 3×1 ribbing on the sleeves so I’ll probably be able to finish up the sleeves tomorrow, and then bind off by Wednesday. =)

Current Project….


Mangyle is almost done, so I hope to be able to post some pictures by this weekend.

Currently, I’m working on Diminishing Rib Cardigan (Interweave Knits Spring 2009) and almost done with the body (working on the modified 3×1 ribbing as I’m typing this).

Next project must be some lace project, though. I need to whip up some quick pretty scarves for presents.


I have not forgotten to take pictures of my new home. I cleaned up nicely, and I’ll take some photos of the apartment when I have some time.

<Bar prep>

As scary as it is, tomorrow is July 1. Which mean, I have exactly 27 days till the DAY. Wow.

It is a long process, much like a marathon.. I must keep reminding myself that the finish line is almost there. It has been a fun, crazy 3 years and 2 months. =)

June 9, 2009


Bar Trivia:  In Canada, the bar exam is an open-book exam.

But then, after you pass (who wouldn’t?) you have to spend 10 months “articling” (I’m thinking this is like clerking?)

I’d choose the 2-day open book exam ANY DAY.

I put the reservation at the Best Western near Ontario Convention Center. Supposedly, it’s one of the closest ones. Other ones were closer, but they were too expensive.


I am so glad I’m taking BarBri. BarBri + ASP are so great. I’m going to be completely honest here. I hated Whittier when I started 1L. The campus was too small, it was my safety school, blah blah blah.

But now that I graduated, I love it. The Summer Intensive program is awesome. I feel less intimidated by the bar exam now that we’ve gone through 3 weeks of bar prep. Do I know all the laws? HELL NO. But I feel mentally and physically prepared for it. I just hope I keep up with this pace throughout July.


A new LYS!! A new yarn shop opened last weekend: Knit Schtick.


Knit SchTick

355 Bristol St.

Costa Mesa, CA

(Past Ayre Hotel, in the little strip mall with Mon Amie Bridal Shop. It’s one-way street there)

Website/Phone:; 714-557-4220.


They set up the whole thing in 3 weeks (literally, signed the lease 3 weeks ago) and made it look as fantastic as it is now so I have high hopes for this shop.

Some yarns they carry:

Malabrigo Worsted (YAY! and good color selections. YAY YAY!), Cascade 220 Superwash (YAY YAY YAY!!! although I didn’t see the regular 220), other cotton yarns from Cascade (don’t know the name), Ella Rae Classic (Only $6.25/skein? I gotta try those next time), Debbie Bliss, Twinkle Soft Chunky (only saw one color though, which was a bright pink), and some beatufiul novelty yarns (with beads).


I thought the prices were very reasonable. Ella Rae was $6.25, Superwash 220 was $10.25/skein, and Malabrigo was $11. I got Malabrigo at Knitter’s Studio for $12 the day before.


Two big tables with lot of comfy chairs (dining table style). Plus two sofa chairs near the entrance.


I went last Sunday, which was their official Grand Opening. They did have a pre-sale on Saturday. Here are some photos on other people’s blogs: Knitwith HomespunDouble Treble.

I couldn’t go to their pre-sale because…..

I went to Knitter’s Studio ( instead.  It’s a small cute LYS on 3rd street near Beverly Center and The Grove mall.  I’ve been to those malls so many times, and ate at Joan’s on 3rd NUMEROUS time, and still never bothered to look outside the window. I would’ve found this wonderful yarn shop months ago!

They had a book signing event with Wendy Bernard, the author of Custom Knits.

I must add some pictures later.

When I walked in, it was kind of quiet, opposite of what I was expecting (a bunch of women knitting, with their copies of the book tucked under their underarm, while standing in line to get their books signed) and everyone was *gasps* knitting! So it took me a couple of second to realize that the woman right in front of me was Wendy and it caught me off guard when she exclaimed, “you got my book there!”

Embarrassingly, my.. what it seems to be an early signs of menopause kicked in and I started getting hot flashes. Or, it could be just that I was embarrassed. I’ve never felt so awkward! A part of me was very very excited in that dorky way that I got to meet the author of my very first knitting book in real life. The other part of me was scornful, “hey, stop acting like a little teenager who just ran into her favorite boy band. PLEASE.” Wendy even commented on how cute that I’m blushing.

My boyfriend quietly retreated towards the back of the shop and pretended like he was looking at yarns.. or his iPhone?

Anyways~ after that it went well. Wendy and I talked a little bit about Ravelry, about sizing (I’m still a novice when it comes to sizing. I usually pick Small and pray while I knit “please let it fit me, please”), and about… the bar exam. Her sister-in-law went to law school at Berkeley and failed it a couple times. Eeeek.

Then I got to walk around a bit and looked at the awesome selection of yarns. They had: Malabrigo worsted, Noro Kureyon, Noro Silk Garden, Rowan, Manos del Uruguay, Louisa Harding.

I got Malabrigo Worsted in Dark Earth (140), and Louisa Harding Merletto in Mink (2). I took pictures, so I’ll upload them in a bit.

Again, a little bit on the pricier side, compared to Knit SchTick or The Sheared Sheep, but I loved the atmosphere. The lady who was working there helped me wind the Malabrigo into a ball. I’ve never used a ball winder before so I kind of panicked but it was ok. =)

Anyways, lot of knitting stuff this weekend. I love Knit SchTick. Love it MORE because it’s like 2 minutes away from my other favorite yarn shop The Sheared Sheep, and 5 minutes away from my apartment.


Thanks to my beautiful sister, the apartment looks almost clean and normal. My room is still a bit of mess, simply because I cannot find time and energy. I’ll do it this weekend whenever I have time. hehe.

Moving revealed some ugly truths I need to deal with:

1) I have  A LOT OF CLOTHES.

2) I need to get rid of most of them and update wardrobe. More lawyer-like, mature clothes.

3) I have lots and lots of yarn. and TOO many needles.

4) I have too many unfinished projects.

5) I have a serious case of a pack rat. Need to get rid of stuff. I have a binder-paper note from my bestfriend from high school, and a reader from college. OMG, that wasn’t even my MAJOR, and I kept it (Art Studio 4D: Survey of Asian Art)

Ok, pictures to come….


Rosie's yarn cellar (MC) Manos

June 1!

Holy… May disappeared so fast. Time goes by so fast when you don’t have enough of it.


Real Property #1 today. Omg, the professor was so hilarious. She is so crazy and so adorable. She kept us well entertained for the 3-hour lecture.

Officially moved in:

My sister and I have been moving into a different unit in our apartment complex for the past 2 weeks. It was a slow process but today is the official move-in date. This was because my sister’s going back to Korea for the summer so that she can spend some time with Mom and Dad before she comes back and starts her junior year at UC San Diego (!! Congrats, again!), and so I needed to cut down the cost of living. It’s still a one-bed apartment but slightly smaller, but roomy enough for me.

The bedroom sits on the 2nd story of the building, but it’s just a garage underneath, so I don’t have to worry about walking too loudly or anything. The window faces the big open space so I can keep my window open 24/7 now! No more kids and adults acting like kids running around the swimming pool! (Or some heavy PDA action in the jaccuzzi either….)

I’ll post some pictures once we unpack everything…

Right Now:

I’m sitting in the library conference room, doing homework for the day. Property MBE questions. I’m really taking my supervisors at the DA’s Office and really enjoying the whole process. It’s going to be my one last chance to be a full-time student and I’m giving it all.


Sexy Vesty #2 (in muted red Berroco Comfort) is coming along nicely. I should be done by this weekend. It’s going much slower than the first one (in black Caron Simply Soft) because I’m studying around 12~15 hours a day and only getting some knitting done during 10-minute breaks and briefly before bedtime.

Almost done with Marty’s Mangyle. Delphine is hibernating.. I’m making a thin belt in metallic crochet thread & US #0 needles, which means I got only 3 cm done.

OH!!! I found this book in the local library the other day: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, who is better known as Yarn Harlot (  It’s a collection of short quotes from all knitters. It’s a WONDERFUL book for people like me, studying for a major exam and not having enough time to actually knit. Between lectures, I just pull out this book (it’s a size of a bigger index card; it fits right into your handbag) and read few pages of it. Only knitters would truly appreciate READING books ABOUT knitting.

My favorite quote is this: “I am happily married to a wonderful man, who is generous, funny, and kind. I have never even for one moment contemplated leavig him or being unfaithful. At least, that was true until I found out that one of the women in our knitting guild is married to a man who owns a yarn store and builds her cedar-lined, moth-repelling closets as his hobby.   I can’t stop thinking about him.” (Page 158)

LOL! This is kind of what I do too! Whenever I’m knitting in public, and then I’d feel like a certain male staring in that very excited, interested, I-wanna-ask-you-about-that-thing-you’re-doing-but-I’m-just-going-to-watch-for-now way, I can’t help but start imagining. He could be a knitter, or a yarn company owner, and loves yarn like he loves NBA or WWE or Wii. He might even be a Ravelry member! Haha. It’s so lame and so freakish but I do it anyway. =P

Bar Bri

Day 2 of BarBri.

I had a terrible toothache since Saturday. I guess the bright side is that the pain reminds me why I need to pass this thing on the first try: a dental plan. =P

It’s a lot better today after few doses of aspirin and Listerine. At least I can smile without screaming in pain.

Today’s BarBri was a lot better than yesterday. At least I could stay awake, which meant I got more questions on MBE right. =) Afterwards, though, I couldn’t bear to look at another page of Conviser, so I left and went to a hot yoga class. It’s been almost a year since my last class! I definitely needed it because I’ve been noticing that I got a terrible back pain if I sit for more than a couple of hours. I love yoga because during the 90-minute class of such physical challenge, all I can focus on is every muscle in my body and nothing else. No worries, problems, no bar stuff. =) If you’re one of those people who think yoga is all meditation and no workout, you must try either Bikram or Vinyasa yoga. Bikram is the one I like (hot yoga); it burns up to 800~900 calories a session, and builds strong muscles without compromising flexibility. At least a half of the class is men so if you happen to be a guy who thinks yoga is only for women, you won’t feel so left out in one of these classes.

Anyways~ Con law and Evidence tomorrow. At least they’re subjects I really like. Then more studying. =) Oh, I miss knitting…. ;)