"Yarn, needles, and me,
Then knitting I'll be,
And in the end I'll be happy in
My Blue Sweater."
[with apologies to Walter Donaldson and George A. Whiting, who wrote "My Blue Heaven"]
Yesiree, the person who has only finished four sweaters/tops in her knitting life (and one didn't work out at all), finished a sweater!
Project: (I'll Be Happy In) My Blue Sweater
Pattern: Zadie, by Mercedes Tarasovich
Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Highland Worsted, in the colorway Stormy Skies
Needles: US 5 and 7
Modifications: No modifications (at least not intentionally!)
Notes: When I saw The Grocery Girls wearing the sweaters they had knit in this pattern for their show on Craftsy, I fell in love with the cables along the sleeves. They talked about how simple the pattern was to knit and understand, and said they were doing a KAL so others could knit along, and that Craftsy would have kits on sale for the yarn. I was busy with other projects, and as you know, I don't have the best record with KALs, but when I saw that the amount of the yarn I would need to make my size would cost only $35.00, I decided to purchase it and see how I did.
I've never made a sweater in this fashion - you knit the body, then put it aside to do each sleeve. Then you start knitting the body again, knitting the sleeves in as you go, and then follow along until it's done. You weave in the ends, graft the underarms, and Voila - a sweater!
The fact that the Grocery Girls made tutorial videos for it meant that even at 10:00 at night or 5:30 in the morning, help was available. Watching them really helped with some of the techniques. The pattern is well-written, but I just wasn't comprehending how some things could be done, and the videos made all the difference.
I highly recommend this pattern, and I liked the yarn as well, but if you have enough worsted weight yarn in your stash, you can just work with that. I took a long time with it not because it was hard, but because I was interrupted a few times by having to concentrate on other projects or activities.
The Tim took these photos for me last weekend, and though it wasn't really all that warm, the sweater was *very* toasty! But it fits well, I think it looks nice on me, and I can't wait to pull it out next fall and wear it for longer than about 10 minutes.
Look how nice the cable detail on the shoulders is!
Love, love, love!
Of course, with every photo shoot there are some outtakes. Here's mine. This is just as I was moving towards The Tim to tell him something. He says it looks like I've suffered a brain injury. I think it is absolutely hilarious, and I can't stop laughing when I see it!
The Tim says if I die in a terrible accident, he'll give the news stations this photo. He's a real laff riot.
Anyway, the sweater is now put away until cooler weather, and other knitting is happening, so it's all good. :-)