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FO: Central Park Hoodie

Pattern: Central Park Hoodie (with Viking Modification)
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US 6 & US 8

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Blocking like a good sweater.

OMG I love how this sweater turned out! Heck, I love it enough to use OMG in a blog post and I don’t do that often. I had a lot of issues knitting and liking this sweater at first.  It seemed like such a burden, none of it was perfect, and I kept ripping it out so it would be perfect. Then I realized it was because my inner Baljeet comes out when I take a class. No matter how much I enjoy the class.

Seriously, I just really wanted an A. So after the class (which was awesome) was complete, I decided to make myself finish the pieces. I didn’t want to stop mid-way through only to forget what I did and find my notes were awful. So I finished every piece and then put it aside, in a deep dark hole, to find my sanity. I even worked on Humanity in the interim.

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Buttons! They are actually made from recycled plastic.

Then I started slowly picking it up again. First I took about a month to seam it together. I tried it on and was a little worried it would not fit, but decided to just do the button band once I found buttons. Button band completed and buttons attached, it was time to try the fit again and. it. FIT! It fit really, really well. At that point, it was only a matter of days to finish the collar, weave in the ends, and do a final block to straighten out the button band and collar. And I LOVE it. It really fits well. I think it fits better than it looks in the pictures since it was still blocking when I tried it (What do you want from me, I couldn’t wait?) and I always act like a dork when I have to pose for pictures.

My (cabled) Guns!

My (cabled) Guns!

I can’t fully comment on how well the Central Park Hoodie pattern was written. I used the Viking variation for parts of it and sort of followed those instructions for a good part of the sweater, but what I did use of the pattern was well done. I do admit, it was a little difficult trying to blend the two patterns together since the Viking version doesn’t include the Central Park  Hoodie parts for copyright reasons, but Lisa Kay does a good job getting you to understand how they fit. Of course, the most annoying part was having to spread both patterns and class notes for some sections of the sweater. It’s worth it though. If you love these cables but are afraid of doing them, don’t be. It’s easier than it looks and you won’t regret the finished product. I did learn how to do cables without the cable needle and was so thankful that I did. It sped up my knitting a lot.

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When I saw someone's version with these cables, I got chills. Yes, I know it's dorky but so beautiful.

I don’t have much to say about Cascade 220. It’s a good and affordable workhorse yarn that produces lovely products. It’s not going to be a lush fabric nor will it be overly-scratchy. Someday I may convince myself to splurge and make a sweater out of the expensive stuff, but really with Cascade 220 there’s not much of a need.

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I'd be yelled at for being too posey on ANTM

So after all the frustration and crankiness, I am so very happy with the product. I hope that what I learned from the class will be translated to more sweaters so they look just as good, if not better. Now, if only it would start snowing…

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I so love that cable.

I Blame YarnKettle

One would think that YarnKettle was a good person. I mean, she is. She’s a good person and probably the most open-minded person I know. No matter who you are or what you do, she will give you her time, her heart, and her craziness. YarnKettle is one of my best friends and knitting soul mate.  I’m truly grateful she is in my life.

But she’s evil. Make no mistake. Evil.

Remember back when I decided I wasn’t buying yarn until our local yarn festival in September and Rhinebeck in October UNLESS I HAVE A SPECIFIC PROJECT I NEED YARN FOR. Yeah, YarnKettle totally made my buy yarn.

To be fair, it is pretty yarn.

See, last week I received an email from YarnKettle. “I’m thinking of taking some classes at *insert local yarn store here*, would you like to join me?” she wrote. One of the classes was for a hat, one for the Central Park Hoodie, and one a steeking class. I hemmed. I hawed. I said yes. The hat class was during the Husband’s birthday so that was out. I did want to make myself a sweater sometime this year and this would be a good opportunity to do it, learn how to modify the sweater, and get a little me time. Since I always wanted to try steeking, I agreed to that class too.

The problem, however, is I didn’t have yarn for a sweater and would need to buy some. To be fair, this does fit in the yarn purchasing rules for 2011 because it is for a specific project, but it’s only January! I couldn’t have held off to buy yarn until, oh I don’t know, September? But, buy yarn I did. Many skeins of a lovely green Cascade 220.

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Close but not quite as bright as the actual color.

I had a hard time picking a color. I wanted to avoid gray–I have knit myself 2 sweaters and a shawl and all are gray–and I wanted to go with a jewel tone. I just couldn’t decide…blue? red? green? Should I go with a neutral? It is, after all, a cardigan and a neutral would be easier to match with all clothes. I really wanted something bright and fun and not neutral. So after a lot of trauma (like 30 minutes of dithering in the store with YarnKettle and a baby), I went with green. I love the color and I can’t wait to see how it looks. I’m now in the process of figuring out how I want to modify the sweater. I’m thinking of removing the hood, adding a zipper or buttons to close it, and look into some shaping. I’m really exited about this class!

I’m hoping that I can use some yarn from my stash for the steeking class, but I won’t know until I get closer and they post the specs. I think I’ll feel better about buying this yarn if I can use already owned yarn for the next one. In the meantime, I’m working diligently on the Husband’s socks and hope to have the first of the pair knit within the week. We’ll see if that happens. I’m at the easy part right now, but sometimes life gets in the way. Fortunately, it’s fitting him really well so far so my gauge math was correct and I didn’t have to frog!

The cursed sweater

IMG_1806Pattern: Cobbled together from multiple patterns
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US 8

You’ve heard of the sweater curse for boyfriends, right? That’s where you knit your boyfriend a sweater and, after it is complete, you break up. There’s no definitive reason this occurs but it does. I suspect either the amount of time it takes to make a sweater is about right for an average relationship or she makes the ugliest sweater and he won’t wear it causing stress and ending the relationship. This is a cursed Husband’s sweater. The Husband and I are not breaking up (you hear me Husband) mainly because he’s locked in the basement. No, this sweater is cursed because I had to knit it twice.

The sweater is a top-down raglan knit in the round. For those not into knitting, that means, the sweater is made from the top down in one piece. As you knit the torso, you make live stitches that are later used to knit the sleeves. So, before the child was born, I began the torso. In the hospital while she slept in her little plastic box they give you, I knit the torso. I had the Husband try it on as we went, thanks to the benefits of knitting top down, and the sweater fit great. Then, at home with my little newborn baby, I began the first sleeve and as I had the husband try the sweater on with a partially finished sleeve, it no longer fit. Oh, the torso fit great, but the sleeves were HUGE. As far as I know, with a top-down raglan you can’t fix that without frogging back to where the sleeves are made. That was weeks if not months of work gone. So before I did that, I talked to my good friend at YarnKettle who has made a ton of these sweaters, and asked her opinion. It didn’t look good and I had to frog and start again.

The second time went much better. It’s a very simple sweater, but I figured out a lot of things I need to do for the Husband to get a sweater that fits how he likes. It’s a great start for future, more intricate top-down sweaters for him. He’s happy with it and plans to wear it soon which makes me happy. There’s nothing more annoying than spending time knitting something only to have the receiver hate it or not wear it. Then again, he hasn’t worn it yet…so maybe he won’t and then I’ll get upset and our marriage will be over! But then I’d loose the free computer skills he brings and he does kill bugs for me…hmmm…I think the marriage is safe.

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