Thursday, April 24, 2008

My First Ever Sweater Is Finished - I I Love It !

When I began knitting a couple of years ago I swore that I would never make a sweater. I'm not sure why I was so vehement about this - maybe because I used to be too warm most of the time to wear sweaters much. Maybe because I thought that they would be too hard or too boring. Maybe I felt inadequate and not up to the take of a WHOLE sweater. The too maybe stories of how many first sweaters some out unwearable affected me. I did not want to spend that much time, money and effort making something that I would never wear - or would have to take apart to salvage some of this beautiful wool. I used Noro Silk Garden Nbr. 255 and the three needle bind off was done with a Dream In Color all merino yarn called Spring Tickle. On another note, The Dream In Color Yarn is one of my new favorites. Soft, luxurious , several weights to choose from - and did I mention the lush, dreamy colors. Fabulous stuff ! This sweater became so delightful & super soft when I washed and blocked it too.. Much softer than I had thought it would be. I can even have it next to my skin - on my arms at least. The sleeves on this were a bit too long - and I was told that this was something with the pattern - most people who have made the pattern shorted the sleeves - but I wanted to see how it was knit straight from the pattern. I love the length ! It falls just at high hip- perfect!

I had thought I might use the glass buttons I made but they were all different sizes and the pattern called for quite small buttons - so I made some Dorset buttons (thanks, once again to Stephanie Pettingill!) and then beaded them. They ended up looking quite nice and were just the right finishing touch. This project took me only about three months from ordering the wool to completion - just knitting in the evenings . My next project will be an "Einstein Coat" from Sally Melville's book, "The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch". The yarn, from KnitPicks is on the way & is called "Firecracker Heather". Wish me luck !


16 comments:

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wow, wow, wow! I'm so impressed! the sweater is gorgeous - love the color choices!! I can't believe it is the only sweater you've made....

Vicki W said...

it's beautiful!

Sandy said...

It turned out to be so beautiful. You did a terrific job. I also knit in the evenings-surprising what you can get done.

Laura said...

It's GORGEOUS! Congratulations!

imquilternity said...

Your sweater is absolutely beautiful...you did a GREAT job! And, on your very first sweater too! I've got the Einstein Coat on my "to do" list also so I'll be anxious to see how your turns out!

StegArt said...

It's so lovely Marie!

Stephanie Pettengell said...

Love the finished sweater, very stylish and I do think your choice of yarn is perfect. Is every colour there? It is a very unusual design and I love the neckline, and you completed it so fast. I thought I would leave the buttons until last to comment.

Extremely stylish of course, you will be the envy of many.

Brilliant. Fabulous. Unique. Exeptional. Distinctive.

OK, I guess now you know I like them.

Doreen K. said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

verobirdie said...

Simply beautiful!

Sue B said...

FABULOUS! Marie this is gorgeous!

Scrapmaker said...

Just gorgeous! Jen

imquilternity said...

Gorgeous!!

Lynn Douglass said...

Oh wow, Marie, I love it! It's absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on tackling such a project!

Jacq said...

Your sweater and buttons are beautiful. I love the colors in of the yarn.

Marilyn said...

WoW!
Beautiful.

You do incredible work : }

jenclair said...

So glad you let go of the "no sweater" idea. This is lovely and the buttons are perfect!

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