Look what we have here! A finished sweater! I’ve been meaning to blog about this one, but I just haven’t had a chance.
Yarn: Hipknits silk in “barbie pink” (not really, it was custom)
Pattern: Angelica Tunic
Needles: Addi Turbos 5mm, 24″ and 4mm, 24″ circs
Date Started: 2.18.06
Date Stated to Ignore: 2.27.06 (a new stat I’m starting)
Date Finished: 3.18.06
Soooo this would have been a fast knit really. The last time I even mentioned it all I needed were the sleeves and maybe to redo the bindoff. Easy enough right? Except for some reason I just couldn’t get myself to do it. Actually, that’s a lie, I know exactly why I didn’t touch it. I wanted to knit the sleeves in the round, BUT I didn’t have circs long enough to do it. I never made it to the yarn store to get some AND I didn’t have any dpn’s in the right size either. So there Angelica sat, next to my bed every night mocking and taunting me. Finally she reminded me that I had a wedding shower to go to and nothing to wear. I really didn’t feel like shopping, so I had to knit. The wedding shower was on the 18th, I decided on this brilliant idea on the 15th at ohhh 11 at night.
That night I ripped the bindoff and kept going till just before the hip increases. The next day (the 16th) I started knitting the body again and added a few more increases and also about an inch (maybe 1.5″) in length. I was finally ready to meet my nemesis, the sleeves. What did I do? I went and finished the neck trim. I picked up all the stitches that night and finished the knitting on the 17th, when all was left to do were the sleeves. I still didn’t have any new needles, so I forced myself to use what I already had. I found some 29″ Clovers in the right size. OH. MY. GOD! I hate those damn needles. The join makes it impossible to knit in magic loop with ease. I spent most of my time trying to push the stitches up from the cord onto the actual needles. I never want to see those needles again (if you want them, then let me know). Once I decreased enough stitches I switched to my beloved addis and flew through the rest of the sleeve. By dinner time I was done and ready to start on the second sleeve. I ended up going out to dinner, then watching a movie, and maybe knitting a little just before I went to sleep. Not good! I woke up on Saturday morning extra early to get the sleeve done. I still had to weave in all the ends and seam that little bit in the underarm. The wedding shower was at 5 and we still had to get ready and drive an hour and a half to get there. With three shots of espresso in me I worked on the sleeves till a little past noon. I still had the purl ridges to go! We left the house at 1:30 and in the car I finished the sleeve and just started weaving in ends like crazy. At around 3, we got to our family’s house and I seamed the underarms and finished weaving anything in. I forgot something important though, the button. At that point I didn’t care, it didn’t even faze me. I just looked through my boyfriend’s house for a pin and used the best one I could find. Needless to say, there’s been no blocking of any sort on this sweater.
After all that, what do I think? I think this was a great knit, an easy piece with some really pretty details. I didn’t stray from the pattern at all other than adding some length to the body. I love the fit, I went for zero ease totally ignoring this conversation. The hipknits silk is super soft and easy to knit with. It did fuzz on my skirt a little, but I love the drape and feel of it so I forgive it. This was my first time knitting with a 100% silk and I definitely see myself doing it again. I think I will knit this sweater again, but next time in some cotton (totally ripping Illanna off) and without the neck detail. I hate to admit it, but I really liked the way the sweater looked with a more opened neckline (like Katie’s). I really don’t mind if it draws more attention to my chest (like I can somehow draw attention away from it, hah!), does that make me a slut or something?
Inspired by Leah, I decided to go around my kitchen and find some pinks and red for you. Of course, I had to throw some yarn in the mix. Can’t fault me for that!
I’m sure there’s more around here, but I tried to keep it to one room. What you really care about is that yarn, isn’t it? I forgot to mention that in my selfless act of ordering some yarn for my sockpal, well, I also helped myself to some luscious colors with no patterns in mind.
Sundara sock yarn in Cherry Blossoms
Sundara sock yarn in cirque
And what became of that gorgeous yarn I showed you the other day?
I think I’ve frogged this sock maybe three or more times. The first time I had the wrong number of stitches and the rest were just because I couldn’t decide on a pattern. I really want my pal to be happy with his socks, but at the same time I want to make sure I finish these in time. I finally decided on a simple mock cable stitch, basically a k3 p2 rib but with a little decreasin-increasin action thrown in. I’m already six inches into the foot, but I’m still having second thoughts. What do you think of this pattern?