Wednesday, April 20, 2016
At the Finish Line
I'm finally coming close to finishing my boyfriend style sweater. The design is by Versaciknits and it's called Pour Moi (for me in french). I chose this pattern because it's similar to just about every sweater in my closet. It covers everything I like to cover and is the most flattering style for my shape. The sweater on the cover of the pattern was knitted in Madelinetosh Sport, which is 100% superwash merino. Since this is the first adult sweater I've ever knitted, I felt the investment in Mad Tosh was a risk I wasn't willing to take. I've got a few unfinished sweaters sitting in bags in my closet, so this attempt was likely to meet a similar fate. I started this project more than a year ago. And it sat. And sat. And sat some more. Then my daughter decided to take up knitting. Now, this was a dream come true. I've always hoped we'd have an activity we could enjoy together. We both like to garden and I've suggested we weed my garden together. She didn't buy it. Anyway, I'm in the process of sewing my sweater together. I've mattress stitched the shoulders and I'm setting in the sleeves. I've pulled my stitches out several times. I'm going for a really neat finishing job. And I'm amazed at what all these pieces of knitted fabric are actually doing. So far, they're coming together beautifully. This sweater, knitted from the least expensive, basic wool I could find (Knitpicks Wool of the Andes) is unexpectedly going to be a project to be proud of. I'll keep you updated, but I'm astonished at what's happening. I'm going slowly, taking my time and trying to enjoy what is a really tedious process. Jasmine of the Knitmore Girls Girls says "eat cake" when you have to work on a less than enjoyable part of your project. I say "drink tea and grumble" so I can still fit in my sweater when it's finished!