First off…I must say thank you for all the nice comments on my stockings. I wish I had a way to email everyone who leaves a comment…but I don’t. So thank you.
I have decided that I am really pleased with how they turned out. I think my problem is that I get a little attached to the things I knit. We spend so much time together and I have images in my head of what they are supposed to look like and when something does not go exactly as envisioned then I get a little bummed out. I need to get over it.
One example of a project that has suffered from my issues is Paula. Paula is a sweater I worked on in the fall of 2005. I finished it a while ago�??well, I was like 96% finished. I put Paula aside because after I seemed it, I tried it on and it just didn’t look right to me. All I had left was to knit the tie but I got frustrated and decided we needed some time off from each other. As these things go, Paula was left forgotten. Once the Knitting Olympics were over, I become consumed with a desire to finish up some loose knitting ends that I have…starting with Paula. So I tried her on again and was cringing as I walked to the mirror to see the damage. Oddly, when I looked in the mirror, it didn’t look half bad. In fact, it looked pretty good. I thought, “surely, there had to be something wrong with it for me to cast it aside in despair.” The only thing I could really see was that the collar was seamed a little funny (giving me a slight Elizabethan look) but even that didn’t look bad. Honestly, what is my problem? So last night I knit the ties and now I present Paula:
I wore it to work today and got several…”you didn’t knit that did you?” comments which are always satisfying. All in all I think Paula turned out really well. Here are some notes:
Pattern : Paula
Source : Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Collection
Yarn : Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk (Plum), 20 skeins
Needle Size : US 8
Modifications : I lengthened the arms and overall length and I knit the tie instead of using ribbon like the pattern suggested.
Comments : The only comment I have is about the yarn. This yarn is beautiful and soft. Really I love the way it feels and it was nice to knit with but I can already see (after only wearing it once) that it has a tendency to pill. I think that will age the sweater sooner then I would like and because of it I probably won’t use this yarn in the future.
So there you go. This weekend I am going to tackle my long forgotten intarsia sweater and see what I can salvage from that so check back with me. Also, I am waiting on some great online yarn purchases. Plus, I have some exciting news about my sister/roommate that I will share soon. All I am going to say now is, my little girl is growing up!
The following 6 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
Looks great! I have a sweater I’m trying to finish up now (the first one I’ve made), knit on size 2s. If it doesn’t look right there will be much swearing involved! Anyway, I’m glad yours turned out! Maybe the yarn needed time to settle or something.
It looks fabulous! Sometimes a little break is the best thing when a knit acts up. She settled down nicely;-)
Gorgeous! I love wrap sweaters.
a little time away is a good thing sometimes in many areas of life! it looks great and the fit is fabulous!
It turned out beautifully and I like how the collar lightly hugs the neck! I’m just sad to hear the yarn is so fragile. I’ve been wanting to use some for a sweater, but this is the second time I read it’s not holding up 😦
Paula is beautiful and well worth the wait, I’m sure. She came about when it was necessary and so it was.
Intarsia! Can’t wait to see it.