Yes, I finished a sweater. In just over a month. Cast on December 28th, buttons sewn on Feb 2. Oh, I am a pleased knitter. I love the process, but I do knit to wear the stuff I make, so this project has been a winner!
What, you want to see a picture? If you must [self-timer photo in our bedroom…not ideal, but it’ll have to do] —>
So here’s what you’re looking at. Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s Goodale pattern, knit in the size closest to my chest measurement. If you look at the 2nd picture, you might say I should have knit a size smaller, and you’re probably right. The body is too wide, but I do like that it closes more on me than it does on the rather wee model.
What’s the yarn? This was an interesting mix. I bought Misti Alpaca’s Serena from The Purple Purl, after recently learning that I can tolerate knitting alpaca. Serena is an alpaca/cotton mix and I love the yarn. In this case, a thicker yarn was required.
So I went to the stash and found a skein of Tess Designer Yarns’ Raw Silk in a solid dark grey that matched the grellow colorway of Serena perfectly. At $28/900 yards, the Raw Silk is a STEAL and a really nice yarn, to boot. And you could easily knit this sweater with two strands of the Raw Silk held together, if you’d like.
In any case, the combination was really nice here. But about 4″ from the hem, I was close to running out of Raw Silk. So I switched to 2 strands of Serena, and made sure to alternate the silk/Serena with the Serena/Serena for several rows to soften the transition point. The bottom is more yellow than grellow, but it’s a gentle transition and I’m very happy with the result.
The final result is a little oversized, but comfy and pretty to wear. The blend of yarns turned out to be a great asset to the sweater — warm but not heavy — and I am very happy to have discovered that alpaca is not my enemy. I won’t wear it against my neck, but over a long-sleeved tee, it’s perfect.
P.S. for newer knitters who are hard on themselves, thinking no one makes mistakes like they do, you need to see this [it’s also a much better representation of the color of the yarns]
What is it? It’s the first time I knit this sweater, almost to the part where you separate for the arms, when I finally noticed that the two fronts were totally different widths. Because I hadn’t bothered to count when I cast on the stitches and placed my stitch markers. In row 1.
I ripped the whole thing back and started fresh. And still finished it within a month [because I counted this time].