Whenever I see someone dressed inappropriately for trail use I laugh to myself just a little inside. I mean, what were they thinking when they put on a skirt, some heels and a hoochie top, and then went for a walk? It’s not like the parks around here have nice level boardwalks or smooth paved lanes. We have dips, hollows, mud puddles, rocks and tree roots all lurking to trip you up. Not to mention nettles and devil’s club, waiting to attack bare flesh. But Sunday, in the name of the blog, I became one of those people not dressed for either the climate or the technicality of trail activities. I could see people laughing inside as I walked by. But it’s all good. I knew I had a purpose. And maybe those other people I used to giggle at did too, though I think that perhaps their purpose was to try to look hot without somehow breaking a leg. To each her own!
Yarn: 4 hanks of Blue Sky Alpacas Brushed Suri in “Pink Lemonade”
Needles: Size 10.5 – 24″ addi turbos & Knit Picks Harmony interchangeables, size 9 – 24″ KP Harmony Interchangeables & size 7 – 24″ bamboo circulars
Mods: Worked 1 extra repeat of eyelet pattern at bottom edge for added length, worked extra rows of eyelet trim around neckline to lessen depth
New Techniques: Not really, except I’d never knit a sweater with vertical bust shaping before
Time Lapse: March 11, 2009 – June 19, 2009
First a note about the yarn. There’s an error in the book. You do not need 9 hanks of yarn to make the smallest size. I used 4 but had purchased 10. Oy. The good thing is, I can knit a whole extra sweater most likely so the small fortune I spent won’t go completely to waste. This yarn is absolutely sinful once it’s knit up, but I didn’t enjoy the process in the least. I would say this is very “technical” yarn. It’s furry, it catches, and I found myself with the tendency to drop stitches or knit two together without even realizing I’d done it. I had to resort to counting stitches on every single row of knitting, to prevent from having to go back and fix mistakes. And forget frogging. It looks like a mess if you attempt to rip it out for any distance. The alternative benefit is that, if you do make a mistake, no one will ever notice.
As for my overall opinion of this sweater, I’m not particularly happy with it. It feels gorgeous to wear and I will probably keep it just because it feels nice. I think the problem is most likely the ease. I tend to like 2-3 inches of negative ease in my sweaters and this has about 1 inch which totally doesn’t work for me. I feel fat in it and it makes me look dumpy. Because it’s so “full” it doesn’t go with anything I own. I admit, I had a clue it might turn out this way but didn’t want to frog back all that expensive yarn knowing it would look like crap afterwards and be possibly useless. If I were to knit it again (and I could since I bought twice as much yarn as necessary) I would use smaller needles to adjust the size and possibly add more shaping. I would probably add even more trim to the neckline as well, or even adjust the depth as I was knitting. It’s just way too indecent and I think a camisole underneath might just spoil the look. On a side note, I think the pictures in the book are highly deceptive. The way the lights are shone on the model, you never see that the back of the sweater is rather loose. The picture makes it look much more fitted than it is in reality. The neckline appears much higher than it turns out to be as well. Just sayin’ in case you think you’d like to make one yourself. Maybe in a different yarn, with less drape, it would turn out differently. I still like the design and the idea of how it should look, just not how my version turned out.
And where would we be without an outtake?
Hope your projects are coming along nicely!