Sunday, February 26, 2006

It's Sweater Time!!

yup, hand over the Gold Medal. I finished my sweater in record time. 13 days of 'calendar time,' but there were about three whole days i didn't knit a stitch at all. WOWSA! (by the way, i really enjoy being a red head. maybe when i am rich i can pay people to keep it that way)



and closer to see the cables:



Pattern: #13 in Winter 05/06 Vogue Knitting
Yarn: Araucania NatureWool in colour #46
Needle: Denise size 8
it was quite a joy to knit! how the cables just naturally came out of the ribbing. The yarn is slightly thin for an 'aran' knit, but i do not need really thick, warm, wool sweaters or else I will overheat. The yarn is fabulous to knit with. really niec colour (it's hand-dyed) and spit splices beautifully. It only took 5 skeins to knit this (size 40, largest in the pattern). this means i have 2 skeins left, which I would love to swap for two skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash in some sort of bright and cheery, unisex baby colour to knit Trellis for a baby coming in October. so trade is not necessary immediately, but sooner is better. anywho, back to the sweater...wore it today, and the colour works well with my skin and hair tones. so that's great. DBF loved it, so that's gotta count for something, right?

Really, all else that matters is that I finished knitting a day before monkee did. ha. erm, i mean. go Olympic knitters!

Next up, knitting socks for my sockapaloooza pal! I have some Regia Mini Ringel Color in a really pretty red/pink/orange/yellow mix. but no pattern yet. this is my biggest sock knitting problem. finding sock patterns that fit without alteration because i have only made one successful pair of socks. thinking thinking hard! i would much prefer a toe-up pattern because i want to knit both at once on 2 circs, and want to be sure and not run out of yarn (by doing toes last) and having to undo TWO socks instead of one.

19 comments:

zibibbo said...

Lovely lovely lovely! And the red suits you well (: Brava!

Laura said...

The sweater is beautiful and it fits perfectly. The subtle varigation in the yarn is great and doesn't obscure the pattern.

Congrats on beating Monkee. I mean, congrats on getting that gold medal!

Hillary said...

It's gorgeous!!

Terby said...

Congrats! It looks great on you. Very nice color and pattern match.

Bonnie said...

That's a lovely sweater. Beautiful cables, and a perfect fit! Bravo!

monkeemaven said...

You dare insult my honour?? But , but, the stitch count! Have Pam make a spreadsheet for you and find out how many kittens were involved!

Fine, fine. You win.

You and the sweater are gorgeous, as always.

Trillian42 said...

That really looks fabulous on you, both the color and the style.

Lisa P said...

RoXXorz! Wow that looks great! What a fabulous sweater and it fits perfect. :)

I really, like the cables and of course the color... I'm really partial to ble. ;)

Monica said...

It's beautiful! The yarn and pattern are great together.

javede said...

The sweater is amazing!

Theresa said...

Gorgeous sweater, gorgeous Helen! Now I want to be a red-head too. :-)

Lissa said...

That turned out just fantastically. Way to go!

Gina said...

The sweater is just lovely! And I'm loving the red hair.

Dawn said...

Simply gorgous! (Both the sweater and your hair.) Congrats on finishing and winning gold!

-Dawn

Carolyn said...

Great sweater! Looks fabulous on you.

I love being a redhead too, but I HAVE reached the stage where I have to pay to keep it that way ;)

Valerie said...

It looks great, Helen! But every time I see something I like on someone's blog, I feel like I need to make it! Curses!

merry said...
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merry said...

What a beautiful sweater! You look lovely in it! You are a fantastic knitter!
Do you take your pictures in a mirror without the camera showing?
IS IT MAGIC or Photoshop?

LaBean said...

OOH the sweater is divine!! Good on ya for finishing. I like the Sockapaloooza socks too. It's time to do some toe up socks.. I always passed that pattern by. Hmmm. DBF usually picks up your dad?! lol I know.. just messing with ya.. The Roses are beautiful!!! I usually have to buy my own.