family, knitting, living

February Lady Sweater

I finished my February Lady Sweater about a week to a week and a half ago.  Then I threw it in my trunk to show the girls at Haus of Yarn in Nashville. I purchased the yarn there and was very proud…so proud that I made the poor girls look at it!  Anyway, the actual knitting of it took about two months from cast on.  During that time, I knit the yoke once, ripped it out and reknit it because it was too small; tried three different cuffs on one sleeve;ran out of yarn;  finished both sleeves only to find they did not match; and then finally reknit them.  It took two stores, four different sets of buttons and the opinions of all near and dear to me…well some strangers too.  Now I have soaked it in wool wash and blocked it. 

This is the very first thing that I have knit for myself AND actually kept.  I have knit several items with the idea of keeping them only to find someone I love that I feel cannot go without said item.  I knit for people I love, babies and charity.  Mostly, I knit for those I love because it seems like a tangible expression of my love. 

Ok, I’m rambling.   The sweater was a joy to knit.  I used three skeins and a tiny bit more of Malabrigo in the Stonechat colorway and 1.5 of the brown (I don’t remember the name).  The buttons are a shell material and the color matches the brown of the yoke so they disappear.  I do plan on taking a modeled shot once the thing dries.  I’m posting a couple of photos just to show what it looks like so far because I am so excited.  I am also posting a picture of the bath tub after I soaked the sweater.  All I have to say is ….gross.  This sweater took many rips to the playground and to the backyard.  I also found both cats sleeping on it at different times……so it was DIRTY.  I expected a little dirt, but that is just yuck. 

 

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6 responses

  1. Hey there!!

    It’s Erin from Haus of Yarn – I’m glad you brought it by to show us!! I definitely want to make one for me, too…I love your idea of making the yoke and the ends of the sleeves a different color.

    Smiles,
    Erin

    September 30, 2008 at 8:29 pm

  2. Congratulations on your FLS! It looks great. I went through the same starts and restarts and finishes and refinishes with mine, and button angst, too. But it was all worth it in the end. Enjoy wearing it!

    Cheers,
    MicheleLB

    October 1, 2008 at 12:57 am

  3. rebeccawip

    YEAH! WTG! Hope you enjoy wearing it – you sure are brave! when i see a prob, my things get thrown in a corner left to rot! hehehe

    October 1, 2008 at 12:47 pm

  4. This is so cute! omg i wish i could knitt!…
    i’m still very slowly working on the scarf you taught me how to start XD…

    i’ve been on more of a crochet kick lately

    hope all is well!! miss you and the girls like crazy :3

    October 1, 2008 at 5:24 pm

  5. Lori

    I can’t wait to see it in person ON YOU when you visit!

    October 1, 2008 at 5:43 pm

  6. It Looks even better in person and on your body!! Great job!!!

    October 4, 2008 at 5:38 pm