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« on: February 04, 2008 11:19:30 AM »

This is a lovely sweater.  A very nice sweater, thanks mostly to the fact that it's hard to screw up stockinette, and the two colors my mom sent me together.  Always handy having pre-coordinated yarn!

This year my main crafting resolution is to branch out.  I both knit and crochet, though I've been concentrating on the crochet for the past year or so, and I want to do more than hats and blankets.  I have several sweaters in mind that I want to make, but that required just one thing.

Actually starting a sweater.

Thank god my son is forgiving.  Since I am his mother and can tell him what to do, I made him stand so I could measure him.  I looked at the hooded sweatshirt pattern in stitch and bitch to give me a starting place (like how much yarn I might need, what sort of size I was looking at, etc.), then did all the math myself in order to figure out how to make a sweater for my son.  He's 8, yet I had to adjust everything over the biggest size in the book!  (he's big but not gigantic, and I know it wasn't written by the terminally tiny...just more reason why I never follow a pattern)

Day 1


To give myself even more reason to not finish it due to "wait, I have to think about something?  And make it match something else?", I decided to do raglan sleeves.  I just think they look nicer.

Day 3

I know myself pretty well, and I don't do well when locked into a "must do this at such and such a time", I tend to procrastinate, then panic when it's close to time to be done, then just give up and say the hell with it.  So, I haven't given myself any particular limits, though I'd like to have 12 completed sweaters/or other thing that irks me (like knee socks) done this year.  I'm looking forward to making things I have to work at.

Day 5

I'm nowhere near done, but I am really proud of myself for not only starting something I've been dying to do forever (I've been knitting since I was 10, so have spent nearly 2/3 of my life fearing sweaters), but not taking the easy way out and not making the sleeves I really wanted to.  Of course, the decreases going back and forth might just kill me after being spoiled by stockinette in the round, but I've got other projects waiting for me to have something to distract me when I'm ready to roll it all up and shove it in the bottom of the closet.

This is it 2/4, after I've forgotten what day I started, so am unsure of what exact day in the project life it is.  Most of one side is completed, and I just have do do the decreases on the other side, then it's sleeve time!

Up next?  A cardigan for me.  I heart cardigans.

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008 04:15:12 PM »

Hey this is looking nice, starting a sweater is one thing, finishing it it another. Tongue I am doing a sweater from the same book and it's been a WIP for the better part of a year! Tongue

Good luck on this and give us a pic of the FO, we'd love to see it Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2008 10:38:52 PM »

I think you are awesome and brave to tackle a whole sweater!  It will be wonderful, and I can't wait to see the whole thing!

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2008 07:40:43 AM »

You go girl!!

Great start to your sweater. That is something my boys would wear too - I think it is a good choice of style and colors.  Smiley

I can't wait to see the finished project - I hope you post pictures! 

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