I know – two posts in one weekend…but I finished the sweater and just had to show it off (and projects aren’t really done until they’ve been blogged)….
No, Larry isn’t crying – he was just overcome that I finally finished the sweater. OK, he’s not – but it was a good picture of the sweater – and what’s more important? A good picture of him or a good picture of the sweater?
I am really pleased with the sweater and the fit on him. Do you remember where I started with this sweater? I was so traumatized by the experience of knitting the completely wrong size and having to frog the whole thing – body and sleeves – that it took me almost two months to re-start. So I’ve really been knitting this sweater for a year. So I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to have this done. And have it fit.
I do love the yarn – and I’m so glad that I switched from the Skye Tweed I had started the first one in – this one is so soft and the color is so nice. I just love working with Cascade 220 – really a great yarn. I really liked the pattern too (now that its done) – love that its knit in the round with minor seaming. I think its a great pattern, and I’d recommend it highly.
I had mentioned that the sleeves were too long and that I had to rip them back. Hmmm….I found out that you can’t rip back from the cast on edge – you have to pick it out. I did that for a little bit yesterday and got about 1/100 of an inch so I knew that I had to find another way ….
Yep, I cut both and picked up the stitches and just re-knit the cuff. It was a little stressful doing it, and the second one went a lot better than the first. But it worked out in the end, and Larry is happy with his new sweater.
Some projects just go well from the start, and are easy. This one was a pain in the ass from the start – but I have to say – I think I learned a lot from it. I learned to actually believe measurements, to check gauge and adjust for it (my stitch gauge was fine, but my row gauge was off – leading to the sleeve issue), and to fix my knitting mistakes (cutting the sleeves) rather than giving up or making someone wear a sweater that doesn’t fit well. I know that next time I start a sweater I’ll take a little more time and make sure I’m doing it right from the beginning.
I’m finally feeling better today and am finally back to being active – I even made a cake for dinner! I’ve already started my next project (and I just realized that I didn’t do a gauge swatch …so much for starting right from the beginning – that didn’t last long, eh?).
OK, off to knit on the new project – have a great week!