Remember my Unfinished Business? That "monstrous, cotton, HEAVY (as Nana pointed out) project" of the "six-million ends?"
Well it's been gifted so I can reveal more about it...
I made a Tubey. My first sweater ever! I wish I felt great, happy and ecstatic about this, uh, accomplishment. However, you may notice that the title says "Cotton" Tubey. And I'm sure there is a more accomplished knitter out there that chuckled at my title and doesn't even have to read this post to know the pitfalls of knitting a Cotton Tubey. In my defense I'll say again, first sweater! And to add to my defense I'll tell you that this was a birthday gift for my younger sister who just turned EIGHTEEN and we live where it is soon going to be hot enough that sweaters won't even be part of the local vocabulary for a few months. I'm going to have to call my sister and wake her up at, say, three in the morning when it MIGHT be cool enough for a cotton sweater and say, "Hey put your sweater on -- you've got a whole five minutes until it starts heating up again." So why a sweater at all then? Yeah, yeah, anyways.
It's not 100% cotton. I used Knit Pick's Main Line (75% cotton, 25% merino wool) hoping that the wool would add the bit of stretch and softness I needed for this sweater to work out. The softness--got that. The stretch? Not so much.
It's a pretty sweater. Beautiful even. Beautiful, but with issues. Like the bunching at the back of the armpits. Like the fact that if my sister leans forward (even a little) the top flops away from her (I did offer to make the neck smaller but she said it's fine, she wouldn't wear it without a shirt/tanktop underneath it anyway--so at least I'm not exposing her to the world:) The sleeves have shortened up a whole lot even though I thought I made them a little extra long.
So, you want to see it?
Here it is, wrapped in tissue paper since it would not dry &
I had to give it away while it was still slightly damp:
And here is one arm as it was getting passed
around the party after Maddie opened it:
And here is a picture taken just after Maddie opened it...
doesn't really show the sweater any better than the other
pictures but I had to show it. Check Nana out!
And slightly (ever so slightly) better...
And that's all you get. I didn't take more pictures while I was making it because I wasn't blogging about it because it was a surprise. I forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it away (because I just wanted to be done with it!). I actually went to my parents house this weekend to take pictures of it. But I forgot the battery to my camera was charging at home. Perhaps another day.
So this is my first sweater attempt but I'm not so happy with it. I feel ready to make another sweater. One for me. I bought Last Minute Knitted Gifts for the Hourglass Sweater. I want to make that sweater. I want to make it out of Noro Cash Iroha #8. So pretty. So expensive (even at Wool Needle Work's great prices. According to Purl's website(yarn store owned by the book's author) many people have reported running out of yarn when using the amount listed in the book. I'll need about thirteen skeins to feel comfortable starting. Maybe fourteen. If you remember way back to my discussion of my preparation problem I have to be over prepared. That means I buy twice as much yarn for a small project. That's how much I don't want to run out. And for big projects, well, a third maybe? A quarter? I like having my stash grow and would much rather need to figure out what to do with three extra skeins of yarn than what to do about dye lots (yeah, I've heard about that whole switching back and forth every few rounds thing--exactly why I over purchase yarn). I've decided that this time around I will stick to the directions--get the right yarn and swatch, swatch, swatch until I get the gauge right. And I have plenty of time to work on this sweater--the weather won't permit me to wear it comfortably until October or November.