Thursday, February 21, 2008

Can I call it done yet?

So, I've been knitting a sweater. It's almost done.Pattern: Hourglass Pullover from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
Size: I used the numbers from the 37" size, but my gauge was a bit smaller and I liked the resulting fabric, so according to my math, it should be 35" at the bust.
Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool
Color: Apricot (That's the official colorway name, and it sounds better than what I've been calling it - Harvest Gold.)
Needles: US 6
Cast on: 2-4-08
Modifications: longer sleeves, short rows in bust (see below) and back of neck. If I were to knit it again (a distinct possibility!), I'd provisionally cast on and knit the hem facings in a contrasting color, then knit the hem together before continuing on. Now I have to go back and sew them all up.
It has sloppy bust darts. (Hopefully blocking will fix this.)

And this is where I stopped on Monday - ONE ROW LEFT when I ran out of that ball of yarn. Seriously. But I do have two more balls, so it's okay. I just wound up one, so I may have a finished sweater by the end of the night! I really hated to break into a ball for a few yards of yarn. I almost just scrounged up the little ties that held the skeins together, but that would mean more ends to weave in. Silly, I know.

I also started a shawl from this recycled cashmere. Originally, I used the "Handsome Triangle" from Victorian Lace Today, but the pattern just wasn't a good fit with the yarn. Tonight, I'll try it with the Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style. Orange has never been one of my favorites, but somehow the tangerine color just looks so refreshing after all the brown grass, brown trees, and grey skies we've seen lately.


Beverly said...

I love your Hourglass! Be sure to wear it to the next Knit-In. The cashmere looks yummy. I'm sure it will make a terrific Shetland Triangle!

Linda said...

How pretty! I wondered what you were knitting on at Guild last weekend but was too busy to pop down and see. As for blocking - it works absolute wonders!

The Nature Wool splices nicely, so you wouldn't *have* to do all those ends...

Eryn said...

Is it done? It looks fabulous!