Thursday, January 12, 2006

Hringur's on a hanger

I completed my Lopi Hringur sweater over the holidays but then kept putting off the weaving in of the ends. Then I kept putting off the wet block. Then it took days and days to dry. But today it is finally finished, done, complete, folded up and in the closet.

Here's a picture of my honey wearing his first ever knitted gift from moi. It's a shame isn't it? 9 years together and this is his first Anny knit. Poor Gooney Goo Goo! Well at least it was a big undertaking. The biggest ever: it's my first adult garment, my first fair isle project, my first Lopi, my first kit, my first wet block...you get the idea ;0)

This was definately a stretch zone project for me and I am thrilled with how it turned out in the end. THRILLED! My husband loves it too...especially the "love in every stitch" as he calls it. Well not exactly. Actually that's a total lie: the intention was full of love, but the execution was another story...like I said it was a very long knit! The whole thing is knit in the round so that progress seemed so s-l-o-w. And then when I finally got to the yoke (finally!), I meticulously twisted the yarns at every colour change which was every few stitches, 292 stitches around because I didn't know that you only need to do that for intarsia colourwork. Once I figured out what I was doing was fair isle and that fair isle doesn't require so much ball gymnastics (with like 10 rows of colourwork left) this actually became enjoyable to knit again. There may have been love in every stitch in those last 10 rows. LOL!

It certainly was a rewarding project though...makes me want to start another grown-up sweater. I've been wanting to knit the Debbie Bliss Astrakhan cardigan from the fall Vogue ever since I turned the page and saw it. I have the yarn waiting for it and everything. Though I feel I need to get in a couple quick knits first to bust some stash. Plus, it's been a while since I made a sweater for Jujube and as he is getting bigger, so are the baby projects so I better get as many of them in as possible while he's still small. Hee hee!

Cheers!

9 comments:

  1. Holy cow you should be proud of yourself. That is absolutely beautiful!

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  2. The sweater is gorgeous! He sure better be proud of what you knitted him, I think 9 years of waiting was totally worth it though. ;)

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  3. The sweater looks beautiful. I think I have knit about 5 sweaters for my husband in our 28 years of marriage. Try to knit all the baby things you can, cause they grow up to fast and the next thing you know they're wearing adult sizes.

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  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

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  5. The sweater turned out beautifully! I'm not sure what wet blocking is, or blocking for that matter...something new for me to learn :o)

    I've got a sweater for myself started...might have the back done and part of the front...or maybe a little more. I can't remember though. It felt like it was taking to long and with school in session I put it on the back burner. I should get it out and work on it some more...

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  6. Looks lovely! I hope that when I try a sweater like that I won't lose interest. Nice job!

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  7. It looks great! Fits him so well too. ;-) (which is always the challenge with handknits, right?)
    Michelle

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  8. Your knitting talents humble me grealty.


    What an amazing job you've done!

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