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Topic: I too, have a robot obsession......bzap bzap! (img heavy)  (Read 4965 times)
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« on: May 08, 2008 12:52:30 PM »

BZAAAAAPPPP!!!!!!



So this project is a lot of firsts for me....

-first piece of clothing I've ever made myself, (excluding some pyjama pants in like grade four, but my mom did like 90% of those.)
-first attempt at any sort of colour changing in knitting, ever
-first thing that I used my (mostly) brand new  sewing machine on


and I AM SO PROUD OF THIS SWEATER IT'S RIDICULOUS. Like, whoa.
It's not even that flattering, but I have worn it every day since I finished it.

I  must have re-started the intarsia, like 6 times before I got the hang of it.
I like this picture, the loose ends look like lazers.





At first I was knitting with all the balls of yarn attached, but everything was getting REALLY TANGLED, so I devised an ingenious plan involving clothespins!




One finished, one to go....




And here is where I finished it... the first time.  Unfortunately, though you can't see in this picture, it was shaped like an enourmous bell.
Or tent.
Or box.
Anyways, It was likely the most unflattering sweater in the world. Though I LOVED the robots, I hated the fit. I thought about frogging the body and trying again, but that just seemed like so much work.

So I just threw it to the back corner of my closet, and cried a bit. You know.


Anyways, fast forward to me finding the exact sewing machine that I'd been drooling over, on craigslist for half the price....

So I decided that maybe I could salvage the sweater, and turn it into something like a Cowichan sweater? Outerwear, with a zipper.

 I was a bit scared to cut the sweater to sew the zipper in, so I was extra careful... I basted it, then handstiched the zippers on, then sewed them over twice with the sewing machine, THEN cut the sweater. I cut a HUGE upside down V of fabric out of the middle.



anywhoo, now with Zipper!



After blocking and drying, I wore it out. And discovered that when I wear a messenger bag and a boat-necked shirt or tank top underneath (which is often), the coarse wool pressed into my shoulder and was extremely irritating. Sooooo, I sewed a lining into it.  I had to handstitch it in, so don't look to close, I'm not known for neatness.

The front is half-lined, like this (I didn't want it to be TOO hot) a
and the back is fully lined,
and the sleeves are unlined.




ACTION SHOTS! excuse how many there are, and the lovely faces I am making in them.... did I mention how much  I love this sweater?








I think i might add pockets next........ Smiley




It's actually less thourough than this post, but you can visit my blog if you want!
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008 12:59:13 PM »

i LOVE it!! i love robots too Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2008 01:00:01 PM »

Woo!  Nice work! 
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2008 01:02:42 PM »

That's fantastic.  I too have a robot obsession.  Would you explain the clothspins.  I'm currently knitting with the balls of yarn attached, and it's a nightmare!

Too cool!
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2008 01:45:45 PM »

That's brilliant! The robots are so cute!
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2008 01:48:26 PM »

 Grin  Too cool!  I love that you put them on the sleeves.
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008 01:51:53 PM »

congrats on your first sweater! Love the robots and it looks great! very clever idea of using clothespins as bobbins! I'm still really bad at knitting intarsia but this has inspired me to try again!
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2008 03:21:35 PM »

Great job! It's beautiful! I love the close pin idea: GENIUS!!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2008 03:49:41 PM »

that is AMAZING!! love it so much! (i have a bit of a robot obsession myself...)
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2008 04:44:12 PM »

That's fantastic.  I too have a robot obsession.  Would you explain the clothspins.  I'm currently knitting with the balls of yarn attached, and it's a nightmare!

Too cool!


Basically you wind up a little mini ball of yarn onto a clothespin, and knit from that instead. It takes a little time before, but it saves SO much time and grief while you're knitting!
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« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2008 11:13:50 AM »

that is seriously the most excellent sweater ever.
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« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2008 12:51:39 PM »

Very Awesome. The pockets should have robots in love. Just to make it more adorable.
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« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2008 02:05:47 PM »

Supercute!

I love sweaters with little graphics on the sleeves.
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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2008 02:28:30 PM »

I love the intensity of saving this project.  Super nifty cardigan!
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2008 03:12:14 PM »

I love your robot sweater!  He's adorable and you did a really good job on it, I'd wear it all the time too.
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« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2008 03:23:01 PM »

That sweater is super-cute!! And the clothespin bobbins are GENIUS! I tell you! GENIUS!
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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2008 05:00:13 PM »

I have sweater envy!  That is super cute. Smiley  I, too, am a robot lover! Glad it eventually worked out great for you!
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« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2008 05:15:35 PM »

Aww! The robots are just plain adorable, and I'm amazed at how this turned out! Congrats on getting it to work!  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2008 09:54:36 PM »

I'm so glad you all like it!
All the projects on here have given me HOURS of stuff to look at and envy and enjoy, so it's nice that you are enjoying my creation.
I feel like I'm contributing now!

 Grin Grin Grin Grin

Sometimes I wear it out and people look at me like,
"what on earth is she DOING wearing that fuzzy bizarre thing out in public"
(it has become a LOT fuzzier since I've been wearing it around all the time)
and I feel slightly self conscious...



...and then I remember how much cooler robots are than most people, and it doesn't matter anymore.
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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2008 12:41:30 AM »

Love the sweater, and the story of its evolution was amusing. Go you for persevering!  Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2008 12:10:42 PM »

that robot is awesome.

did you design him yourself, or did you use a chart of some sort?



knitting something with robots on it appeals to me very much..... Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2008 01:35:50 AM »

Clothespins! Girl, you are a genious! I have to go make some intarsia right now.
I love the robots as well.  Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2008 06:05:42 AM »

Awesome work! Those robots are great and I love your idea to fix the sweater by putting a zipper in the middle. It turned out so well.
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« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2008 07:54:14 PM »

Robots are awesome! Great sweater. And I will have to steal your close pin idea... if you don't mind!
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« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2008 08:52:22 AM »

really cool sweater, especially how it started out as one thing and ended up as another and you just wouldn't give up on it!
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« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2008 09:46:34 AM »

Love this- incredible work!  The robots and their placement are great.  What a way to creatively problem solve with the fit! Your zipper looks so nicely done.
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« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2008 04:41:31 PM »

that robot is awesome.

did you design him yourself, or did you use a chart of some sort?



knitting something with robots on it appeals to me very much..... Grin Grin Grin

I made up my own chart... it was really easy. I basically drew the most generic robot I could think of, and then made it all pixelly.

If anyone wants to try some botty-goodness in intarsia, here's the "chart" I made in paint, to sort of 'preview' what it might look like as a knit pattern. The neck of the robot is one stitch off, but it isn't noticeable on the actual sweater. It looks wide, but I figured that the stiches are slightly wider than they are tall, so it works out in the end.



Robots are awesome! Great sweater. And I will have to steal your close pin idea... if you don't mind!

lol, excellent....
I wanted to share for that exact purpose, so i'm glad you're going to try it! It's so much easier.
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« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2008 04:45:17 PM »

 I LOVE THAT!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2008 05:31:58 PM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2008 07:26:08 AM »

Cute! And the clothespin-idea is just brilliant! I will try that for my next intarsia project...
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« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2008 07:41:40 AM »

YOU WIN AT LIFE!!!!!! Shocked
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« Reply #31 on: May 16, 2008 02:26:24 PM »

super awesome sweater!  and the zipper idea that saved it all was genius.

btw, you say it's getting fuzzy?  i highly recommend investing in a sweater shaver.  they cost like 5 bucks at target and they can make your sweater look like new!  repeat as often as necessary!  i find that yarn tends to fuzz a lot in the first few wears, and then after a  few shavings it calms down...
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« Reply #32 on: May 16, 2008 06:32:34 PM »

I just hit "This Rocks" and said that the intricate finishing details you added to the sweater makes it so worthy of being a featured project. In total awe of your skills!  Grin
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« Reply #33 on: May 16, 2008 07:40:14 PM »

Congratulations! You have earned the title of Hard-Core Knitter with your first sweater.

Great work ... and re-work ... and re-work ... and ...

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