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Scoop Pullover

19 Feb

I did it! I chose a pattern and knitted a sweater that suits me and fits me and is really comfortable! I didn’t think I’d see this day.

It’s the Scoop Pullover, knitted with a blend of cotton, bamboo and rayon (Cannes from Novita) with 2 inches of negative ease (size 40″).

After thinking about it for a while, I did knit the hem about two inches longer than the pattern instructed. I left the sleeves short because I remembered I have a very similar commercial sweater with 3/4 sleeves and it made no sense to make another one.

I love that the row of yarn over eyelets falls exactly at my waist.

The fabric is very soft and cool to the touch. Unfortunately the yarn is incredibly splitty and I keep catching strands of it on everything. I fear this may not be a very long-lived pleasure. But even so, this was in every way one of the nicest experiences with knitting I’ve had so far.

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Executive Level Sweater Decisions

9 Feb

Decision making time: as instructed in the Scoop Pullover pattern, I’ve knitted 14,5″ after dividing for the armholes, and I’m not sure whether to bind off or to continue on.

The hem sits right in the middle of my hip. Normally I like my shirts to be longer but this one looks surprisingly good as it is. The problem is that every sweater I’ve ever knitted, ever, has soon stretched out and shortened in use. I would like to one day knit even one sweater that doesn’t do that! Or rather, is so long it doesn’t matter when it inevitably does that.

The reason why I’m humming and hawing is that the yarn I’m using is incredibly heavy, and I might soon end up with a dress instead of a sweater if I do continue knitting. Well, at least stretching length-wise would be a welcome change…

Wah!

Also, I don’t know how long I want the sleeves to be. I actually don’t like the sleeve look in the original on myself, at least I don’t think I do. They’d either have to be way shorter or straight up 3/4 sleeves. I don’t know!

…It just occurred to me it might help me to find a way to take reliable pictures of myself wearing this thing. The mirror lies but pictures don’t. At least not in the same way. Yes, (something close to) the truth will be revealed tomorrow.

The Promising Pullover

6 Feb

Oh, what a wonderful feeling!

I’m knitting a sweater, and so far it’s gone off without a hitch. The pattern is just written in a way that is easy for me to follow, it’s the Scoop Pullover from the fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. I’d say that two years after I get a magazine is about the usual time frame in which I actually get ’round to knitting something out of it, hah!

This has been an incredibly quick knit, probably mainly due to the aran weight yarn and the 5,5 mm needles. I’m using Cannes from Novita, it’s a blend of bamboo, cotton and rayon. It has incredible drape, which suits the scoop neck, and it feels cool to the touch which will probably make this nice to wear in the summer.

And that’s not all! This sweater fits me, and that’s amazing! Because of the magic of top-down knitting, I’ve of course already tried it repeatedly.

This is the second top I’ve knitted top down and it’s confirmed that I enjoy that way of going about it so so much more than bottom up. Not only is it more enjoyable to start a sweater off with a bang, but I’m also more likely to end up with a sweater that is long enough. When I’m past the raglan decreases I have nothing much to wait for and can keep churning out the hem indefinitely. When I start from the bottom, I just want the boring part to be over so I can get to the exciting bit, and then I convince myself the shirt is long enough when it is no such thing.

In other news, we just had a week or two of really, really cold weather, and my Thermal sweater proved its efficacy. The cold weather also brought about the sunshine that makes life up north totally worth it. I have been enjoying such beautiful landscapes (that unfortunately are hard to capture, what with the cold and electronics not playing well together) – but also some opportunities to take pictures of my knitting. The dark days of winter are getting to be over. Just a few more months, and it’s summer again!

Thermal Sweater

15 Jan

Churning out the last few inches of the second sleeve on my Thermal sweater (published in the winter 2006 issue of Knitty), it never occurred to me there’s even a possibility that once it’s finished… I wouldn’t like it. But there you have it.

It’s the shoulders. The last decreases at the shoulder are squarish, and those create square baggy things both in the front and back on the shoulders when I wear the sweater. They go away if I pull at the sleeves and the hem, but come back the instant I move.

I ripped back the shoulder seams several times but no matter what technique I use to sew them, it’s a no go. I even entertained the thought of taking scissors to the square bits, but I can see that idea leading to tears.

I complained about this to my mom, and she suggested I rip back and do the decreases again and make them more rounded. See, that is the perfect fix for the problem. Or it would’ve been, had I thought of it before I said let it be, sewed on the sleeves for once and for all, and weaved in all the ends.

It’s even worse in the back. And also the shoulders are noticeably different from each other. Wah.

All the little problems I have with it are just small enough that I don’t want to go to the trouble of fixing them, but they still bug me.

A bad, bad project deserves bad, bad photos, so here you go:

See? You probably don’t, but it’s a great fit, and the sleeves are nice and long, and I really like the shape of the neckline, and the buttons are cute. I even like the yarn I used, and if you’re a yarn snob you might want to avert your eyes: I used Denver (100 % acrylic) from Red Heart. It was pleasurable to work with and the resulting fabric is soft and has nice drape. It’s just the shoulders, grrr.

I suppose I’ll either get used to it or fix it at some point. Whichever, I feel thoroughly meh about this one.

 

 

I’m Knitworthy Too!

8 Jan

Here’s something a little different: something that was knitted for me instead of by me. I could get used to that! It’s my new favorite sweater, this beautiful tunic my mom knitted for me for Christmas. I know, isn’t it awesome magnificent (I hear “awesome” is banned now)?

This is definitely my favorite knitted item now – I’ve used it every day since Christmas. It is great for layering for a bit of extra warmth while not being too hot to wear inside. That tends to be my problem with knitted tops in general. Also, it’s just so silky soft and non-itchy.

The color is perfect for me 🙂 And it’s the exactly the right size, and the design is quite flattering on me. It almost seems like mom knew exactly what type of clothes I like 🙂 Definitely part of the reason why I am so taken with it is I know how much time and effort mom spent knitting it. The only problem I have with it is that I want to use it all the time but at the same time I want to save it for special occasions so it’ll last longer.

Mom used Fame Rand from Marks & Kattens and this Novita tunic pattern. So far the yarn has held up really well. The pattern calls for a fuzzy mohair and acrylic blend that’s really light and thick at the same time, which can easily create a tent-like appearance especially when used for tunics. I’m so glad mom decided to change the yarn for the pattern as the Fame Rand created a fabric that drapes beautifully and is much more suitable for non-form fitting clothes than the fuzzy mohair.

That’s it folks 🙂 I’m going back to knitting my Thermal sweater now.

Progress with Thermal Sweater

7 Jan

Hey look, I finished a sleeve for the Thermal sweater (from the Winter 2006 Knitty) I began knitting last February!

Only one more sleeve to go, and I cast on for it straight away. Go me.

I have been thoroughly enjoying finishing these WIPs. I can feel this restlessness draining away from me as I wrap up projects that have been out of my eyes but not out of my mind. I guess it says something about my general attitude towards finishing things that I’ve begun – one way or the other. Knitting is a voluntary hobby but it still bothers me so much to know there are loose ends  (see what I did there?) in an area of my life.

Also, soon I will have a new sweater. Yay!

Reclaimed Yarn

17 Oct

I’ve been wanting to knit another sweater for a while now (never mind that I’m already knitting a sweater. I want to knit some other sweater!) However, in case you didn’t know, yarn costs a lot of money, and sweaters take up a lot of yarn. So no sweaters for me, no sirree. I was only able to buy the yarn for the sweater I’m making now because I happened to see some Red Heart acrylic yarn in a grocery store about a year ago. Red Heart is cheap to begin with, but this yarn was also on sale.

Well anyway. I’ve been reading about people reclaiming yarn from thrift store sweaters, and decided I wouldn’t lose much if I gave it a go.

Here’s the shirt I bought. Cost me 3 euros. It’s 40 % cotton, 30 % viscose, 20 % nylon and 10 % angora… Weird, I know! It would’ve fitted me otherwise as it was, but the neck hole was too small.

Before I went to the thrift store, I looked up what type of seams work for unraveling sweaters, and so I was able to spot that this sweater had the perfect type of seams. Yay!

Here it is, blown up. Seeing the pieces laid out like this finally drove home for me the fact that sleeves really take up *a lot* of yarn, and are nearly as a big a part of a project than the front and back pieces.

Here’s some of the yarn rolled up into balls… I ended up with quite a lot of short pieces because I was impatient with cutting the seams… oops.

Next step! Turn those balls into hanks,  and wash them, and dry them, to straighten out the kinks.

All dry now. And all that’s left is balling the yarn again…

Into something like this.

All of the yarn is dry now, so all that’s left is balling it up… After that I’ll know how much usable yarn I gained from the whole process.

The whole thing takes up a lot of time. A LOT. You wouldn’t believe how much time. But if you have more time than money, this is definitely something to think about. And then again, holy timesuck Batman… I would definitely recommend only buying sweaters made of nice materials for this purpose. Seriously.

 

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