Thursday, November 30, 2006

It's Done!!!!

Here's my latest creation -- it's a modification of the Refined Raglan from the Winter IK. I added the cable detail on the cuffs and bottom, instead of hemming. (Let's face it -- at my age, who needs extra bulk in the hip area?)

Here's a close up of the raglan cable:

Yarn: 50/50 wool and alpaca from Ellen's Half Pint Farm from Vermont.

Gauge: 4 stitches to the inch, on size 9 KnitPicks Options, which I love.

Size: 38" finished chest, unblocked (okay, I'm lazy)

What I'd do differently: (and may yet) the neck. The yarn has a wonderful drape, but seems loose around the neck. I might rip back and do more decreases, but I'm not sure. My office pals all say it looks fine (I'm wearing it today, though it's unseasonably mild outside), but I'm still not sure.

What I love about this sweater: Raglans and I get along really well. I adore not having to sew seams, I love the colors -- even though I alternated skeins and got pooling -- and the yarn is so soft I can't stand it.

Comments on the neck would be appreciated!

Other items on the needles (and couch, and bedside table, and desk) are:

1. EZ yoke sweater, knit at 3 sts to the inch from Lamb's Pride Bulky that has been hiding in the stash for quite a while. I bought enough to knit the ridged pullover in Loop -d- Loop, and after I started it realized the ridges made me look like an oddly shaped lego. So I'm trying the Zimmermann percentage system and going off on my own. Don't tell my sister, but the sweater is for her.

2. The never-ending Linus Project blanket.

3. Swallowtail Shawl. Stalled. Big-time. I really need a keen mind to concentrate when knitting this and just don't have it lately.

4. Mittens in progress for a friend.

5. and ... Xmas gifts that I can't lest for fear that certain offspring of mine will be reading this!

Let's see, only 25 more knitting days until Christmas! In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, YIPE!


Shannon said...

It looks great!

twig said...

I can't really tell from the picture of the sweater how the neck is as compared to the picture in the magazine. But the thing I disliked about that sweater was the neck. At least for me. I would make it more like a funnel neck, high and pretty narrow. But I know lots of folks who don't like a funnel neck so I may not be the best one to ask.

Dipsy D. said...

Woah, this sweater is absolutely amazing! I totally love the cable details and that great yarn you were using for it! And the neck rocks big time too - I don't know how the original one looks, but yours seems to be perfect! Congratulations!
By the way, as you asked in your comment on my blog - nooo, we didn't get the Guinness harp drawn in the foam during our visit to the Gravity Bar - this must have looked *so* cool! Perhaps next time - and mind you, there WILL be a next time for sure!

Zarzuela said...

It looks awesome! :) Congrats on the big finish!