Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Purple People Eaters

Hey! It’s a finished sweater!

I wove in the last of the ends a week ago, and it got its first wearing last week.

Pattern: A sweater wizard pattern based on a sweater that my friend Beth in California busted out one early fall evening in 2006
Yarn: The vareigated light purple is some reeeeally old Filatura di Crosa 127. Someone gave it to my friend Irma, who gave it to me. There were only 900 yards of the stuff, so this pattern was a great fit for this yarn. I had less than one ball leftover. The dark purple was Classic Elite Bazic Wool purchased at Beach Knitting. Awful stuff. It had to be steam-blocked within an inch of its life. Wouldn’t knit with it again on a bet.
Needles: Addi Turbo US 8 / 5.0mm
Started: 24 September 2006
Finished: 1 January 2008
Mods: None. Yay, sweater wizard!

There are a few little things about this sweater I’d like to share. I don’t have a talented FO photo staff like Turtlegirl, so basement close-ups will have to do.

First, the waistline. This was the very first time that I had to block something prior to seaming. I wish I had photos of how evil and wonky it was before I steamed the ever-living crap out of it (wet washcloth, hot iron, blocking board)

It’s now laying flat. I really like the roll, but I’ll never do it again if I’m not knitting in the round. Here’s why

These “holes” are on both cuffs and on either side of the waist. I kind of blew off seaming the rolls in my haste to get the damn thing done. It bugs me, so I'll have to fix it before the next wearing.

And I must say that as much as I loathe seaming, I’m not half bad at it.

Now tell me – if you couldn’t see the color change, would you be able to tell where the seam was? ☺

Oh, and check out my new neighbor. Ain’t she cute?

Her name is Sidney, after Sidney Crosby and she’s eight weeks old. She doesn’t stay still very long, especially with three boys in her family running around with her in the yard. Oh, and all their friends. She's the toast of the neighborhood this week! She was posed perfectly then as I click …



Sarah said...

You are a pro at seaming! I can't see that seam at all (except, like you said, because of the color changes).

That puppy is adorable! Must restrain myself from driving out to your 'hood for a puppy-napping!

(Last night I tried to convince The Mr. to drive to Kentucky to get that dog I showed you yesterday, but he wasn't having any of it. He told me I could have the dog if I went on my own to get her -- we both knew that would never happen.)

Anonymous said...

Great sweater! It photographed perfectly...and your seams are awesome! I love the new neighbor...she seems very cute! (For te record, I'd travel to KY with SJ to get the puppy.)

Jess said...

Nice sweater! Turned out super nice!

And that pup, what a cutie. A little furball after my own heart. Lets Go PENS!