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16 days, a knitter, the birth of a sweater! ~ 2006-02-27
I finished, it’s true. My sweet sweater is drying as we speak. Preliminary modelling sessions have deemed her a success, with reservations. The final ruling has been held for the post-block runway show.
Initial Parting shots:
1 – Fabulous yarn (details to follow) well suited for this project. Knit on size 8 needles with a pre-blocking gauge of 21 sts / 4 in and 25.2 rows / 4 in. I used ~1100 yards (this is a VERY rough estimate.)
The yarn is a single ply yarn from Habu Textiles in NYC. I believe it is called “a-80 wool”, is listed here on Habu’s website. It was ~$26 for 17 oz or approximately 1752 yards. Otherwise known as dirt cheap. I have Elisa to thank for this yarn. She and Kellee tackled the wall o’ yarn at Habu during our trip to NYC. I just glazed over and marvelled at the silk cocoons. Fortunately they found this fabulous deal.
A second note on this yarn: it is listed as a fingering weight. At first glance I might agree however, the swatch in the store was not knit on anything smaller than US6 needles. I swatched on US7′s and US8′s (a normal person’s US8 and US9)- both produced a lovely fabric with beautiful drape. Blocking created a denser fabric. Honestly, I cannot imagine knitting this on the recommended US1-3 needles.
2 – I need to continue to knit for myself AND knit items that fit. This is the first sweater that I have knit for myself. I love it. Not to mention the realization/confirmation that negative ease is the way to go. I will continue to experiment with this as I choose more sweaters to tackle.
3 – When modifying a pattern to fit my gauge and my body Excel is way more fun than the 80 million scraps of paper I normally use. The infamous spreadsheet was easy to do and created a nice diversion. Knowing how many stitches I had to go was motivating rather than crippling. I loved tweaking it and plan to polish it up a bit for future use.
4 – I need challenge and motivation – the Knitting Olympics fit the bill.
5 – I cannot blog and knit and work successfully. Unfortunately or Fortunately the blog is the first to go.
6 – Team Boston is filled with warm, friendly, and encouraging people. During our closing ceremony fashion show yesterday a knitter (Lucia) was tackling her first sweater. A baby sweater that she choose to conquer her fear of the sweater and the dreaded seaming that is inevitably a part of many sweater patterns. Upon voicing her phobia the room echoed with people encouraging her and offering lessons right then and there to help her along. Truly a fabulous team.
The sweater will be photographed after it has dried.
We’re busy here gearing up for a fun weekend in Vermont as I approach the official anniversary of my birth and the close of my 3rd decade on this Earth. T-minus 3 whole days to my 30th birthday.
Someone pass the tequila.
Wendy, my love, I am SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOU! So proud. When we drove by DF on our way up to Peabody (yes – we had clams again) I waved to you and blew kisses. I love you.
Comment - February 27, 2006 : 9:13 pm
Happy birthday and congratulations on completing your sweater! I can’t wait to see it on you. I just know you’re going to look like a million bucks.
Comment - February 27, 2006 : 9:18 pm
Feliz cumpleaÃ±os, chica!! Can’t wait to see the post-blocked sweater. Team Boston was totally awesome — so much generosity and fun!
Comment - February 27, 2006 : 9:27 pm
Kudos for finishing your first sweater for yourself! What a nice birthday gift….
The 30s are way better than the 20s. I’m sure you’ll enter them with grace and style
Comment - February 27, 2006 : 9:42 pm
Warrior Knitter says:
delurking to say CONGRATS!!!!
HIPPO BIRDIES EWE EWE!
Will you post a link to “The Spreadsheet”. I like spreadsheets, too.
Am looking forward to the pics!!
Comment - February 27, 2006 : 10:22 pm
Vicki Knitorious says:
Ah, to be 30 again; hell, to be 40! Teehee. It’s not so bad, Wendy. And, anyway, who will be THE cutest homemade-pasta-making, headlamp-wearing, spreadsheet-wielding, 30-year-old knitter ever? Huh? And wearing a frickin’ new sweater to boot!
OMG, I was exactly the same way at Habu. It was completely overwhelming for a small town girl — at least on first go ’round; I’d definitely like to try it again, though. ; )
Comment - February 27, 2006 : 11:23 pm
The sweater looks amazing, I can’t imagine the stiff ickiness that would result from tee-tiny needles. It’s perfect as is!
Many happy returns of the day. As a 40-something looking back on 30′s, I loved em. Each decade gets even better. Let the celebrations begin!
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 6:01 am
yay the sweater is finished. congratulations!
and happy early birthday!!!
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 6:25 am
Congratulations, both on the sweater (can’t wait to see it) and on the birthday. Celebrate long and hard. I found 30 tough – it was a real transition to me.
Can’t walk away from Habu without SOMETHING in your hand. The skeins in that back room scream for indulgence. Did you SEE the cashmeres??
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 7:27 am
Hooray for the finished sweater. When we were driving home Dale remarked on your diligence of working on it – he was impressed! I think you should save the photo shoot for this weekend in Vermont. (I’m thinking Maria in the Sound of Music with the mountains as a backdrop) Happy Birthday, dear one.
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 8:30 am
Congrats on your Olympic gold; the sweater looks nice from here. Also, what do you mean that your US8, 9 is a normal person’s US7, 8?
On a book-related note: don’t you just love Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Love in the Time of Cholera is one of my favorites.
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 8:31 am
Happy Early Birthday! 30 was relatively easy to deal with. I had a harder time with 33 for some reason.
It was so nice to meet you Sunday, and I am sure the sweater will be even better than it looked Sunday (which, by the way, was gorgeous!)
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 8:35 am
March is a great month for birthday’s. Looking forward to see your Olympic sweater with the gold medal!
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 8:53 am
You can be 29 in your head for as long as you want. Ask me how I know.
The sweater looks awesome on you, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 9:05 am
Can’t wait to see the sweater modeled!
Happy early birthday. Enjoy your get-away.
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 9:13 am
30th birthdays are the BEST, 30th years rock, and the Hourglass is (so far) one of the best sweaters ever….. How can you go wrong with such a great combination?
And I don’t care what Carole says, Sond of Music be damned – I want to see that sweater right this second.
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 9:36 am
I can not wait to see this sweater, dude – I know it will be absolutely stunning on you. Congratulations on finishing! You rock!
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 9:46 am
Happy Almost Birthday! Break 30 in for me, so that when I catch up in Dec, you’ll have greattips and tricks for me, okay?
Can’t wait to see the post-blocking sweater!
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 12:43 pm
Kat with a K says:
Can’t wait to see it all done! Happy Birthday!
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 1:25 pm
Look at all of that wooly goodness! Can’t wait to see what it looks like dry
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 8:09 pm
congrats on what sounds like a spectacular sweater, and thanks for the link to the yarn at Habu.
I hope you have a fabulous birthday! I am looking forward to thirty, but I reserve the right to change my mind when I’m 29. May your next 30 and 60 years be as great as the first 30!
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 8:10 pm
Congrats on finishing, looking forward to seeing it modeled!
I would not have guessed from the early sleeve that it would get denser.
Comment - February 28, 2006 : 8:21 pm
Hey girl. Rumor has it it’s your birthday! Happy happy happy happy!
Comment - March 3, 2006 : 12:57 pm
it’s a big ole rumor.
here’s a little song i made up for you… it’s sung to the tune of “happy birthday”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR WENDY!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!
have a wonderful birthday. we need to celebrate!
Comment - March 3, 2006 : 1:20 pm
Happy Birthday! Enjoy the celebration!
Comment - March 3, 2006 : 3:58 pm
Happy birthday, girl. You are the sweetest.
Comment - March 3, 2006 : 6:04 pm
Happy Birthday, Wendy!
Comment - March 4, 2006 : 12:33 am
Well happy birthday you lovely thing! Hope you enjoy(ed) Vt, we’re going up for our birthdays/anniversary in April
Comment - March 4, 2006 : 12:03 pm
Happy Birthday, old lady!
The other day Liv said, “I don’t want you to turn 33!”
Uh ok, no problem there! When I told her the number was 43, her face fell. “Noooooooooo!” she cried.
Enjoy your wonderful weekend.
Comment - March 5, 2006 : 6:09 am
Carrie K says:
Oh, it’s your birthday! Or was. Happy Birthday! And here I was thinking that the sweater was still not dry.
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