Saturday, February 13, 2016

Labor of Love and Patience

How timely, speaking of love.  Tomorrow is Valentine's day!

So I finally got one sweater done.  It took me 6 weeks to do it.  Now that I think about it, that was not super long for sweater knitting in general, but it felt like forever.  

I wanted both textures and using slip sts so that only one color is used in each row, no stranded color work.  It took a few tries to get the stitch motif to work so that I could work contrasting colors for sleeves and body at the same time.

The sweater was worked from top down, seamless in round, with raglan that created a saddle shoulder look.

Also, snow was so good at the beginning of the year that I'd been snowboarding quite a bit in January. After skipping last season at the resort, we sure were glad we got the season pass this time knowing El Nino was coming.  The powder was so sweet few days this year that I just felt like I was gliding down the hill and through the trees, too hard to sit at home on days like that.  But it hasn't snowed for 3 weeks, instead of doing uninspiring laps on trails I was able to get more knitting and other stuff done .  So, I finally finished this sweater.

It was a bit taxing on my patience. But it's done, and I really, really love it.
I did write up a pattern, just not sure if anyone would be interested in knitting it at all with row gauge of 60 rows per inch (that's right, with slip sts). I decided to do short sleeves because I ran out of patience, and I do love layering look, so why not?

Oh, I used Grignasco Bambi yarn for this sweater, which is a fingering weight yarn, and needle size #3.

Have a happy Valentine's Day everyone.

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