A Sweater for My Man

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This little beauty marks the end of my Christmas knitting and I couldn’t be happier. Remember my Saturday deadline for the sweater? I met it and JB was able to wear this on Sunday. When he put it on for the first time I couldn’t stop giggling. Not sure why but I like to believe that it’s because I was just so giddy to have finally finished it. It might also be the fact that he just looks so darn good in it. Am I right?

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The yarn is Valley Yarns Buckland. It’s a chain plied worsted weight yarn. A wool, silk, and nylon blend. When it came in the mail I was a little disappointed and when I swatched I was even more disappointed. Let me tell you though, I am glad I stuck with it because after blocking this yarn is a beauty! So soft, substantial and sturdy. It really took to the cables well an the chain plying adds a bit of texture to the stockinette. JB says it has a texture much like tree bark. Whatever it feels like, it does feel delightful. It’s going to be hard to keep my hands off this guy when he wears the sweater.

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I forgot to get a closeup of the finished sweater but I was able to find some brass sailboat buttons (JB’s request). After searching online for several months, I took a trip to the garment district resigned to find some plain wood buttons at Lulu’s Button Shop (a great little gem). I jokingly asked if the owner had any sailboat buttons and to my surprise he had about four different styles! The perfect addition to a sweater fit for a sailing instructor. If I ever have to move from NYC I will definitely miss the plethora of fine crafting supplies at my disposal. For now, I will just be happy.

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I also have to say that the pattern (Bespoken) is simply wonderful! It’s Knitthehellout’s first men’s sweater pattern and I won it in a giveaway. Thanks Cassi! It’s well written, easy to follow and seriously beautiful. The fit is amazing and I didn’t have to change much besides adding a few inches to the body and sleeves. The one other modification I made was adding a cable down the sleeves. JB has been drooling over cabled sweaters lately and I had to humor him. I think they add something nice though.

JB says he feels like he’s in Narnia when he wears this. A compliment to be sure! Whew! After all these gift knits I am feeling a little neglected. I’ll be casting on a selfish treasure tonight. A post will come soon.

Meadowlands: a Flea and a Sweater

ImageI finished my Hitch finally! I am calling my version Meadowlands in honor of the awesome flea market that we used as a backdrop for photos. How beautiful is that sky and more importantly how handsome is that man next to me?

ImageHahaha, we had a great day at the market with friends. I found an awesome collapsible metal shopping basket (pictured clearly below) and we happened upon this adorable handmade dollhouse. Just the sort I always wanted to make when I was younger. I will have to give my dreams another go when I have kids of my own because this was darling.

ImageMy favorite things about this sweater are the slouchy construction (so cozy), the cables which lay remarkably flat, and the garter stitch edges. I have an interesting love affair with wide garter stitch bands. They are super simple but somehow elegant.

ImageA shot of the garter stitch neckline. Mmmmmm.

ImageAn an “epic” shot to finish the post. I think my face really shows the victorious feelings I have about finishing this sweater in time for Thanksgiving next week, especially because I have about four Christmas gifts on needles. I was a bit ambitious this year so I don’t know how reasonable it is that I will finish everything. You can find details on some of the projects on¬†ravelry.

Happy Friday, I am back to writing finals!

Knitting by Sunset

I locked myself out of my apartment this morning. It was one of those door closes and you suddenly realize that your keys are on the kitchen table kind of days. While it started out rough, it was made infinitely better by a productive writing day, free lunch, a free 1/2 pound of coffee, and the fact that my ears finally popped after 3 days of frustrating hearing loss caused by a plane flight!

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I am currently sitting by the Hudson River watching the sun set and casting on a Larch Cardigan while I wait for my roommate to get out of class. Yet another hidden blessing in a bad day gone good.

A New Record and a New Sweater

And in what might by my biggest knitting feat to date, I knit an entire sweater in 6 days. SIX DAYS FROM CAST ON TO BLOCKING! Now to be fair, I had a long international flight and several substantial layovers to work on this. There is also the fact that the sweater has no sleeves. Nonetheless, I am very happy with the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top from PurlBee. The fit feels perfect and the organic cotton yarn is soft and airy. Perfect for Spring in NYC. I made a few modifications to the pattern so I could knit it in the round rather than up the back, over the shoulders, and down the front.

Love love love the eyelets!

Love love love the eyelets!

The pattern is knit from the bottom up starting with a 2×1 ribbing and a cute little eyelet row.

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Continue on with about a mile of stockinette before a lattice knit pattern. There is no shaping in the pattern which is good and bad. I love the effortless feel of the garment as it kind of lays perfectly and lazily but I am a little worried about the structure of the garment overtime.

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I bought the yarn when I was in Germany and it was providence that I just happened to have the correct size needles for the project. I may or may not have had to pull them out of a baby sweater to use them but no one really needs to know that.

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My favorite part of the pattern might be the join between the body and the colored neck. It looks so delicate and dainty but really isn’t that spectacular. I love when knitting projects turn up little surprises at the end like this.