Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Have Produced….

A SWEATER!!!!!!!

I am just sitting here looking at it and squealing with happiness. I am squealing because I love it and because the thing is finally done.


Oh I have knit sweaters before. Sweaters for little people

IMG_8891A Hurstling sweater Baby sweaters are a breeze. You usually do them all in one piece. And there is the whole thing about them being, you know, small.

And my knitsibs would tell you that I am not one to shy away from more complicated things. I knit socks and they aren’t always the most intuitive things to knit. But the thought of knitting a sweater just sent my heart into palpitations. Especially a sweater that had multiple pieces that needed to be seamed together along with things like button bands and neck icord and…….

I am sweating.

But I really don’t like to think that there is something that I want to do that I can’t. It makes me want to figure out how to do it.

But that doesn’t apply to skydiving. I don’t know how to do that and I don’t care to learn.

But I digress (that was for you Jess)

I started “the sweater” a year ago, casting on during the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics. I was supposed to finish it by the time that the Olympics were done two weeks later…


Sometimes I have an overinflated sense of my own abilities, especially considering I hadn’t even knit an adult size sweater before. And I have to say that I frogged the thing back TWICE before I seemed to catch the sweater knitting mojo. And then over the summer the mojo died. It went on vacation. The sweater languished like an aging southern belle.

I would knit a bit on it but I just wasn’t inspired. I had other things to knit…socks…..scarves…hats….mittens…..more socks. It is amazing what you can find to work on when you are trying to ignore the languishing sweater that wants to be finished.

I can procrastinate with the best of them.

I would go to my knitting meetings and someone, usually Erica, would ask how the sweater was going.

Oh, you know, I am, ummmm, working on it a bit here and a bit there.

And I might have continued on that way but the afore mentioned Erica said that she figured that she was going to finish her “Blanket as big as the sun” before I would ever finish that sweater.

I. DON’T. THINK. SO. Thankyouverymuch.

Not that I am competitive or anything. Cuz, you know, I am not. REALLY!

And just like that the sweater mojo came flooding back. And I sat down and knit like the wind. And washed. And blocked. And seamed. And sewed……

And here she is….

IMG_1327A IMG_1318A IMG_1320AI have a feeling that this whole sweater knitting thing is going to consume me. I am already looking for just the right pattern to use with the Alpaca yarn that I brought back from Peru last year. I am thinking that I need to do some cables. I love cables.

And I love my yummy new sweater.


  1. Very, very nice. I love the blue! So envious....I wish I could knit! :)

  2. Great sweater and great color!dicteu

  3. dicteu eas the word verification--sorry forgot to put the cursor in the box and didn't realize I typed it in my comment. Roflmao

  4. Unbelievable. So amazing. It's gorgeous!

    Sometimes I tell people, "I have this blog friend... she can knit. No, I mean like REALLY knit. Like socks and stuff. Things you WEAR!"

  5. I have been WAITING for the day that you make a full-size sweater. And now I want one. I am pulling the daughter card and demanding a sweater.

  6. I can't believe you were able to make that gorgeous thing. Wow, I'm so, so very impressed. And I know you.

  7. Gorgeous! You know you have it buttoned wrong in the pic, right?...

  8. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I LOVE IT!!! I'm so proud :-) Congrats on the big accomplishment! I know it was kinda stressful at times, but it was all worth it in the end.

    BTW... I LOVE it with you "digress"!!! Makes me giggle a little :-)

  9. Thank you one and all.

    @McVal- Good eye! I wanted to see if anyone caught my "Mr. Rogers" moment. I realized it after I had taken the pictures and was too lazy to redo them.

  10. That is a very pretty sweater! I'm impressed. I think people who can make clothes are geniuses.

    I'm in line behind Ashley!


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