I might have stayed up until 4 am last night so I could seam this sweater. I realize how this may sound, but I was really excited at the prospect of having a new sweater today, that I couldn’t help but stay up into the wee hours of the morning mattress stitching. This being my first pieced sweater, I have something I would like to say on the subject of seaming…
I LOVE it! It is the most magical thing you can do with knitting! After reading countless stories of how everyone loathes finishing and seaming, I was slightly dreading the fact that I would have to seam this sweater. I even knit the sleeves in the round so I would have two less seams to do. But in the end, seaming is probably the most fun you can have with yarn…except maybe untangling it! Yes, I know that this places me in the 10% of knitters who enjoy seaming and probably the 1% who enjoy untangling yarn. I’m an oddity and I stay up late to knit, sacrificing a social life and sleep. And I’m okay with that.
I loved knitting with this yarn. It was nice and squooshy and soft, and quite affordable, I may add. Somehow I managed to use a whole 2-1/2 skeins less than what the pattern calls for. I don’t know how that happened exactly, because the sweater measures out to a size S perfectly. There were many reports of the armholes being too tight, but I knit the sleeves as directed (although in the round) and do not have that issue. I loved romping around in this sweater today and staying up until 4 am so I could do so was totally worth it.
Pattern: Aidez by Cirilia Rose
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, in Bare (~700 yards)
Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm) Crystal Palace Bamboo
Modifications: Knit sleeves in the round. Did not bind off on the front pieces. Instead, left the stitches live and used kitchener’s stitch to sew the neck extensions together. Added applied I-cord to the open edge of the front pieces before blocking.
Recommend to a Friend: Definitely. I think this is a great pattern for those new to sweaters. There are a few stitches that were new, but otherwise very straightforward and well written. Also, being an open cardigan with vertical details, I find it to be flattering for all shapes. Plus…SEAMING IS AWESOME!!!
Seattle is always in complete disarray when it snows. Schools and businesses shut down, grocery stores are overcrowded with people rushing to stock up on non-perishable items, the roads are taken over by cross country skiers clad in their newest REI gear…
Me? I make sure I’m stocked up on yarn, because if I’m going to be stuck at home, I might as well be doing something productive and fun. Let’s not forget the hot cocoa. That’s definitely a must for snowy days.
Before you drink hot cocoa, it is very important to block your pieces of Aidez. First of all, it’s white and you are a klutz. Secondly, it’s much more fun to sip hot cocoa while you’re pondering your next project.
Really, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with planning your next project before you’ve officially finished your current one. I’m thinking stripes, I’m thinking open, drapey cardigan, I’m thinking nautical… knotical? Well, I laughed on the inside.
How do you enjoy your snow days? Do you stay in or out? Knit or ski? Hot cocoa or hot tea…or hot toddy? Whatever it is, hope you’re staying warm!
I’m done with the first sleeve of Aidez! Now I face a critical decision (one that I face nearly every night that I stay home knitting): stay up late and have probably the best, most productive solo knit night ever(!) or go to bed like a responsible adult (pfft). Unfortunately, no wait: Fortunately… No, I was right the first time: Unfortunately, I made a promise to myself to wake up early and attend the gym like all those other over achievers.
I would like to take the time right now to point out how difficult it is to photograph your own arm and get it in focus. There are about 15 or so more photos where this brilliant shot came from. But I’ll save the outtake slide show for another time.
Oh and just a word of advice: If you have a pattern that is designed to be knit flat, and in all your brilliance, you decide to knit it in the round instead, remember that when they say to knit on the WS, you should probably purl that row because it is now the RS. Seems obvious right? I thought so too, but I forgot this information on the transition row between my cuff and sleeve. Lucky for me, I love ripping out rows and rows of knitting….
Happy New Year (albeit a few days late)! I hope you have all enjoyed your holidays. I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been on vacation, it’s always hard to go back to work/the gym/real life. Yet, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since I’ve picked up knitting needles; it’s always easy to come back to that sultry temptress that is knitting. It’s even easier to load up your knitting to-do list with more projects. Maybe that’s where the difficulty in knitting arises. I haven’t quite figured it out yet. Call me in a few weeks after I have officially bitten off more than I can chew.
Rock Island Shawl is done (granted it’s still sitting in a pile over yonder waiting to be blocked and blogged about), so naturally I picked up another lace project. I know, I’m rolling my eyes at me too. It’s just that, well look how pretty it is…
It’s Kimono Shawl by Cheryl Oberle in Folk Shawls, knit with Jaggerspun Zephyr. I can’t even explain how much I love this color. I went to Home Depot to have paint mixed to match this yarn. Incidentally my living room wall is now a beautiful sage color. My pajama pants (which I’m currently in, because real clothes are for working hours) match up perfectly. Why can’t I have more things this color? This yarn has been waiting ever so patiently in my stash for the last two years. I’d pick it up occasionally, pet it softly, and reassuringly whisper in its ear that someday it will be something special. I swear, after knitting up the garter edging, it looked at me and smiled.
Meanwhile, I’m still successfully working on Aidez. Earlier this week, I finished up the two front pieces and have started on the sleeves. The pattern calls for the sleeves to be worked flat, so naturally, I threw caution to the wind and started knitting them in the round. Why I do these things, I cannot say. The upside to this is that it’s two less seams that I’ll have to do. The downside is that I don’t have enough room on my circulars to knit the sleeves two at a time. I’ll just have to stay vigilant with my note keeping so that I knit the second sleeve the same.
I expect that I will finish the sweater in the next week or so, because my little eye did spy my next WIP (among many others). And I really can’t help it if I start casting on for it in the very near future. Startitis is real, people.
What projects are you working on this winter (knitting or otherwise)?
Forgive the post title. I’m about 4 hours away from my departure time to Japan, and I wanted to quickly add this little post before I left. My apartment is still not clean, I found a sweet potato in my cupboard that needs to be given to someone who will eat it, I need to finish packing, and I still haven’t eaten breakfast. But it’s all about priorities, people! So I took 15 minutes out of my time to wind a ball of yarn for my trip…like I said, priorities!
Anyways, check out this hat I made:
Just a basic, run of the mill beanie with stripes. But the cool thing about this hat is the tubular cast on and the jogless stripes. Also it only took two days to make, which is great considering all the other projects I’m working on are very time consuming. So this was a fun little break from all that.
So Japan…it’s a work thing, that will turn into a play thing. There will be sake. There will be sushi. There will be samurai sword fights with komodo dragons!!! Ok, maybe not that last part, but admit it, that would be pretty friggin’ cool. I hate leaving projects behind, but even though I tried really really hard, I didn’t finish Aidez. I did a good chunk of the front pieces, but alas, I will have to come back to it in a couple of months. I am taking Rock Island shawl with me though since it’s pretty lightweight and the pattern is pretty simple to memorize.
Hopefully I’ll get a few chances to catch up on the blog while I’m gone, but in the meantime, fellow knitters: knit on!