sweater pile

it’s been freaking cold for the last couple of weeks and I need sweaters stat! I forced myself to just sit down and finish all my lingering wip’s before starting something new. it was just getting sad finding sweater pieces all over the place. I’m hoping I can finally blog these before the month is up, but it’s not only been cold but also grey almost every day so photos have been hard to take. I’m not sure why I let sweaters pile up like this. I say I hate finishing, but once I’m actually doing it I don’t mind it and it seems to speed along. maybe I just like the act of knitting itself that much that I just don’t want to stop. or maybe it’s the allure of a new project that keeps me casting on. stopping myself these last two weeks has really helped me figure out what I really want to knit next.

swatch pile

which, of course, led to a ton of swatches. not all of them have a project attached to them, I just wanted to see what sort of gauge and fabric I would get. I’m still not sure what to knit with some of them, but I learned that my gauge and the label gauge hardly match up. I bought some bulky yarn and I’m getting more of a worsted gauge, kinda forcing me to change what loose plans I had for it. I guess that’s where this little “break” comes in handy.

side slip cloche

pattern: side slip cloche, boutique knits
yarn: rys soft lux, ciel, 1 ball
needles: 3.75mm circs
date started/finished: 11.06.08

I’m not a total masochist though, I knew I had to knit a little something beyond swatches. you already know how much I love this book, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I quickly got yarn for this hat. I basically followed the pattern as written and ended up only using one ball of yarn, not the two the pattern requires. I guess this means I can make a second hat as a gift later. This was my first time using soft lux and I love it. knitting it at this tighter gauge creates a soft, dense fabric. if it wasn’t for the sparkle factor I would buy a bag of this for a sweater, but, really, I think this yarn works best for accessories (at least for me). I’m pretty happy with this project, but I’ve been struggling to get gauge on some of the other hats I want to make from this book. in a way, that’s good since I still have one more sweater to finish.

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  • Nonnahs November 24, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    This. Is super cute!

  • melissa November 24, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    whoa, that’s quite the sweater pile. i’m dying to see all of them!
    the side slip cloche is adorable on you. i can’t wait to finish mine!

  • Trish November 24, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Wow – you are inspiring! I packed a WIP hat for DH in my bag for Thanksgiving. It’s BrooklynTweed’s Red Light Special. I got off on the colorwork at the end and just put it down…never to pick it up again.
    That cloche looks great on you – you are channeling those ladies in the 20s and 30s Coke print ads, ya know?

  • Siga November 25, 2008 at 7:04 am

    I can’t wait to see those sweaters – and the hat is cute. I love that book as well.

  • Emma in France November 25, 2008 at 7:40 am

    I have the same problem with finishing – I have a Tangled Yoke waiting for buttons and a Liesl waiting to be blocked and have buttons. I think it’s the thought of finishing rather than the finishing itself that does it plus a little bit of “I’ll do it tomorrow”.

  • heidi November 25, 2008 at 7:55 am

    I’m really impressed by your sweater pile, it’s awesome:)
    And i really love your hat!

  • Diana November 25, 2008 at 10:10 am

    four sweaters to finish? you can do it, its cold out there!

  • Cassy November 25, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I feel the same way about sweaters. I think I just like the actually knitting part so much better, and when I get to the end of the knitting part I feel the majority of the challenge is tackled and I want to move on. I have an unfinished Feb Lady, sitting around for the past 3 months…

  • Seanna Lea November 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I’ve really wanted to use the soft lux for a while, but every time I think about it I keep picturing Bell Curve (doesn’t everyone need a sparkly festive skirt?).
    I’m assuming the yarn/finished product is more sparkly in person, because all of the photos I’ve seen of finished projects are a lot more subtle than I would have exptected.

  • tiennie November 25, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I’m amazed by your pile! It’s lovely and so is the cloche!

  • Marisol November 25, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Hey Yahaira,
    I think the cloche came out cute:) I just finished the sideways cloche from the book –you know the one with the cable. I used different yarn then what the book mentions and went down a needle size all the way since you use 4 diff needle sized. It came out O.K. I think. Starting with a 10 1/2 was not working for me.

  • jenna November 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    That finished swaeter pile has got to feel pretty fabulous! Can’t wait to see all of them!