Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blood, sweater, and tears

The Endless Sweater is complete! *tah-dah* (Please ignore how awful I look in this photo. This was the best picture of the sweater. See how I suffer for my art.)


Pattern: Boyfriend Sweater from Hip to Knit (52" size). Yarn: Bemidji Woolen Mills Original Homespun (225 yds/skein), 4.75 skeins oatmeal heather, 0.5 skein natural, for about 1150 yards total. (Way less than the estimated 1500, by the way; I have two full skeins of the oatmeal leftover.)


These pictures were taken by my friend R3, who was getting a little revenge for the time I forced him to model a scarf. That's sparkling cider, not champagne. That didn't stop us, of course.


Modifications: I moved the cables seven stitches in toward the neck on both sides. They'd have been in my armpits if I'd knit them as written--as it is, I could have moved them a little further still. I omitted the patch pockets over the cables and instead left gaps in the side seams for pockets there.

Here's a close-up I took of the buttons, which are incredible handmade glass I got at my LYS. They remind me of dried apricots, only less edible and more beautiful.


Notes on the pattern: it was a relatively quick and easy knit. Most of the measurements were accurate (I got stitch gauge but not row gauge); however, the sleeves were far too long at the 21" called for. I removed the cuffs, ripped some, and knit shorter cuffs. The sleeves are still a bit oversized, exactly what I wanted.

All in all, a very satisfactory knit. I've been wearing it around all week, and it's just perfect for early fall.

8 comments:

AlisonH said...

It's beautiful! And so are you, celebrating in it--enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, LOVE the buttons! And the sweater is beautiful too. But the buttons! I would totally let the Other Mother sew those onto my eyes!

Stay cozy!

Love,

Jane

Rachel said...

You are so fucking cute.












...am I allowed to swear on a knitting blog?

Rachel said...

Whoah! I have to wait for your "approval"?! I don't need no stinking approval. Approve this *moons computer*

Rachel said...

Ok, I'm sorry. That was just the chocolate talking. Normally I'm not like that. You know me, I can quit anytime I want. I swear.

Rachel said...

Seriously though. You and your sweater are toats cute. I hope you don't mind that I started reading your blog. I love knitting blogs and it makes sense that I would finally start reading yours. Hope all is well in Mary-land. OH MY GOD!!! I totally just made that up. It's like when I used to torture you about having a "Mary Christmas" only this one is sooooo much better 'cause it makes sense. Oh I crack myself up.

Well dear, hearts heading your way and always remember, "Stay away from the brown acid."

Loves,
Rach

Rachel said...

P.S. Can you get me one of the super-modelquins' autographs?

Lanafactrix said...

Dude, I'm thrilled you're reading my blog! We need to talk more than once every decade.

Also, I swear on the blog, so I think you're okay.