the quickest road trip project

I originally thought I was going to post about this sweater, tell you how it was a fail and then frog it. but my flickr friends have changed my mind, so think of this as a “before” post and sometime next month we can talk about the “after”.
owl sweater...save or ?
pattern: owls
yarn: louet riverstone chunky, neptune, 5 hanks
needles: 6mm and 6.5mm circs
date started: 10.31.09
date finished: 11.04.09


owl sweater...save or ?
for the most part, I ignored the owls sweater because as cute as it was I wasn’t sure about the actual owls. would it fit with anything else I wear? and what about the round yoke, I’ve never knit or worn one? the owl bug hit me once amanda and amanda started talking about knitting it on flickr. all of a sudden I wanted to join in; it was perfect timing since we were driving down to florida, how much more concentrated knitting time could you ask for? I was in the mood for a long sweater I could cuddle up in during the winter. I didn’t cast on until we hit virginia and the body was done in no time, at one of the carolinas. the next day I worked on the sleeves while we listened to lemony snicket but took a break once the heat outside was too much.
owl sweater...save or ?
this knit might have been a little too fast for my own good. as I knit the body I noticed that width didn’t look right, and since I wanted a long body I added length after the increases like the pattern states. this just didn’t work on me (can a more obvious statement be stated?). this didn’t become completely obvious until I was almost done with the yoke. I finished just to finish and then bugged rangsiwan over txt the rest of the night. I basically made myself a heavy carry-on for the flight back. I’ve left it alone since we got back unsure if it was worth saving or not. that’s where my flickr friends come in, all them told me to save it. so I guess I’m saving it. my plan of action is to cut the body below the front short rows and knit down starting the decreases right away. of course if you have another idea I’d love to hear it.

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  • rachel November 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Love the owls. I’m planning to make a hat or child’s sweater with them. Are you adding all the little button eyes?

  • Stephanie November 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Hmmmm. It has potential, but you love it enough to basically knit it twice? I would frog it, but I’m like that. If you decide to rip and redo, I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  • Seanna Lea November 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I’m a rip and redo kind of person, but it looks to me from these pictures that the real problem is the extra bulk in the back. Maybe you could, instead of ripping and reknitting all of that work, sew darts in the back to get rid of the large baggy fabric in your upper back over the waist.

  • Marisol December 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Awesome! I have this started and really should continue:)