Before the calendar switched over, I got a little fire in me to finish up some lingering projects. Like the Sweetheart Pullover, which I started in January 2013. Its done!
When I saw the pattern in the Fall 2012 Interweave magazine, I was pretty confident this would be a good way to use up some Eco Wool I have had in my stash for a long time. And, I think it worked out well for the pattern. The folded picot edges were one of the details that attracted me to the pattern.
The shaping in the pattern yields a weird little pointy area on the sides at the bottom edge, but I am ok with that.
The one thing about this sweater that I am having a hard time accepting is the bulk of fabric at the underarm area. Eco Wool is a bulky yarn and this pattern is very fitted, included in the armpit. It feels like my armpit has a snuggie when I wear it and it is a bit bothersome. I am not sure if I will get used to it or if that will be an aspect that keeps me from wearing this sweater.
I realized in completing this project, that I have been knitting a lot of seamless sweaters. This was a pieced sweater and I can really tell the difference in terms of structure. This feels like a sweater than can take a good amount of wear and tear and still hold its shape well. Hmm, I may have to keep that in mind when weighing the pros and cons of seamless vs pieced sweaters in the future. I will say, my seaming skills got a little better with this project, but I don't find seaming to be very fun.
This was a rather quick knit that took a year for me to make because I set it down for long spans of time. I wanted to comment on how I felt about knitting the cables, but truth my told, that was the first part I knit and I don't even remember knitting it!
I imagine if I can get over the armpit oddness and get used to the feel of a fitted bulky sweater, this will be a warm sweater.
Thank to Paul for all of the pictures in this post.
I'd call myself a maker. More specifically: a knitter, an urban gardener, a food preserver, a cook, a baker, a reader, a photo taker, a budding sewist and an all-around dabbler.
I enjoy using this space to record the things I see, make, eat, and do. My aim is to capture and share with you much of what floats my boat. Chances are you are here because it floats your boat, too!
My husband and co-conspirator on the much linked to Mega Man hat. He is the house expert when it comes to all things with electrical cords/chargers and/or anything that requires configuring. When I first met Paul he was a smoker and a vegetarian. Now he is a non-smoker who enjoys making smoked meat in his BBQ. Paul recently dove headfirst into brewing beer and is quickly acquiring mad brewing skills. If you are really lucky, he will invite you to one of his Meat Meet Supper Club dinners or Beer Release parties.
Cast of Characters: Tchazo
Tchazo, our Weimaraner, was born 3 days before Paul and I had our first date. During our second date, Paul and I egged each other on about getting dogs. Eight weeks later, Tchazo became a part of our lives! At first I thought he was kind of a jerk because he kept punching me in the face (Tchazo, not Paul!) when I tried to be alpha dog. It turns he is a wonderful dog and puppies in general are cute jerks. Tchazo loves life, especially the parts that include eating, smelling, sunbathing, playing and cuddling on the bed. Also, he is smart and, if you come over, he will likely trick you into scratching his butt.
Cast of Characters: Fanny
Fanny is the most recent addition to our family, joining us in 2008. When we met Fanny at a shelter in Boston, we thought she was a small, adult cat. We were wrong. She must have been less than a year old, because when we brought her home and fed her, she kept getting bigger and bigger and fluffier and fluffier. The shelter named her Faneuil after Faneuil Hall, but we changed her name to Fanny. We think it makes for a lot of entertaining variations. I imagine some searchers who end up at my blog are not getting what they hoped for, given what “fanny” is slang for in a few countries. Our Fanny is a polydactyl cat with a fused or “super” claw. She has taught me that it is possible for cats to cackle, which you would be likely to hear if she spots a squirrel while you are here!
Cast of Characters: Jack
I adopted Jack at about the same time Paul bought Tchazo (see previous note about egging each other on), but since Tchazo was young and needed to stay with his mom for a few more weeks, Jack came into our house first. For a while, he HATED Tchazo but they eventually became 24-7 buddies. After nearly 11 years together, we had to put Jack down in March of 2013. Jack was a little crazy in the head, but we learned how to live with it. His favorite things included licking the floor, lying under the couch and gazing at me longingly. Jack was physically incapable of wagging his tail whilst being petted. I like to think it is because he was soaking up the love so intensely that it required his full concentration.