Friday, April 10, 2009

major FO

I finished this sweater. It's a major project because it's a sweater, first one I've knit in probably five years or more. I've been a socks-mittens-scarves-hat knitter for so long, I really thought I'd lost my sweater mojo.
It's good to know I haven't. My very first knitting projects were sweaters, and for a long time, that's all I knit. Mostly pullovers, though, and lately I've been wanting to wear cardigans.
Only trouble is, I like to knit in the round. To knit a cardigan in the round, you have to cut it open in the front, then knit on button bands. I kept losing my nerve, which is strange because I've knit sweaters with cut armholes.
So I knit this one flat, back and forth. It was actually kind of fun to do something different. The sleeves were picked up and knit in the round, of course. I really enjoyed this project, and it was good to have a big something to work on over several months. The pattern is Fylingdales, from Lisa Lloyd's book A Fine Fleece. I made some modifications to it, most notably having to completely wing it on the sleeves, because her directions didn't work at all.

It's also a major project because I spun all the yarn. This is my first major project made with my own yarn. It's a three-ply, spun on my Ladybug, using a supported long draw. The yarn turned out fluffy and squishy, in most places. All in all, a success.

7 comments:

Ipo said...

AMAZING! what a nice sweater - good job :-)) i can't even imagine taking that on, amazing!!!

anthromama said...

I am in awe...that's my dream, to make a garment from my own wool (meaning, I'd have my own sheep, shear them, etc.). What a beautiful sweater you made!

Michaeliris said...

That's fantastic. You are a domestic goddess. Interesting how you slipped in at the end how you spun the yarn. Some would call that burying the lead, but it works.

T. Kutz said...

I can't wait to see it on you. Fabulous.

Granna Judy said...

WONDERFUL! I really love the sweater -- it looks great and I'm SO impressed that you knit it from yarn you spun!

JoVE said...

An amazing sweater. And beautiful yarn. Well done.

the scarlet piglet said...

Beautiful!! I'm going to start my first sweater with my own handspun very soon, but it will be a very simple one. My yarn wasn't as fine as yours. :)