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knittersusie
« on: January 23, 2010 03:36:17 PM »

My goodness, this has been a labour of love.

It was my first ever jumper/larger project. Because I'm a poor student, although I knew I wanted to knit the pattern for knitter'sbloke I simply couldn't afford to go out and buy some nice soft wool. So then I found a huge amount of pure shetland wool on eBay for a great price, bought it thinking "well, it might be rough but it'll be hardwearing and better than acrylic". I did know when the wool arrived that I'd need to do the collar and cuffs in something softer, as my fiance is ALWAYS complaining about rough itchy clothes, so I used Mirasol Tupa (50% silk/50% merino) which I knew he liked already (I made a scarf out of it for christmas last year and it's the only one he'll wear now.)

So anyway, to cut a long story short, I made a hash of the tension due to vague unthought out thoughts about (slight) felting, and it ended up FAR too wide. I gather this is a common problem for inexperienced knitters. I then took a risk and washed it on a 30 C wool wash, which actually worked quite well (didn't shrink too much lengthways at all, and came out rather softer). None the less I decided to line it with fleece anyway, since there was room and it would make it more of an outdoor garment than just a jumper. Sounds simple, except that I'm an even more inexperienced sewer than I am a knitter! I got a sewing machine for christmas, and could do basic stuff but had never made an item of clothing. I ended up machining the seams on it and handsewing the lining to the jumper. Getting the zip to lie flat was another saga in itself!

So anyway, that's the saga of the jumper. It's now finished (as of an hour ago), and I love it to bits, so I'm posting it up here before even knitter'sbloke has seen it finished (we live in different cities, not seeing him for another week - too long to wait to show off this!). It's not perfect, but I's really proud of it for my first item of clothing, item of sewing that involved more than just straight lines and basic hems, and, most of all, large knitting project. Having said that, any advice, criticism and comments would be very helpful for the next project.

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Close up of the inside of the collar:



Close up of the cable pattern:



Close up of the lining seam:



I may post a couple up of him wearing it in a couple of weeks.

And I'm off to pour myself a whisky.
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2010 09:52:07 PM »

wow that's truly a labour of love! it looks very very professional Smiley lucky bloke
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010 03:07:46 PM »

Can't wait to see it in action!
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2010 03:12:06 PM »

Thanks. It looks professional until you see my poorly made lining which I bodged a bit. But as long as he has the sense not to ask me to fix anything, it will all be good...
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010 09:19:08 PM »

That looks very nice! Is "knitter'sbloke" your boyfriend, or is that a username? There isn't a space inbetween the to words, so it looks like a screenname.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2010 04:31:16 PM »

that looks great, did the sizing work out?  I think we need an action shot here Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2010 03:02:09 PM »

I keep forgetting to take some photos of him wearing it. There were a few glitches to do with the length of the lining, which I've sewed on too small a stitch length to unpick (woops) but it's wearable and looks pretty good from the outside. His main complaint now is that it's far too warm!

Puffy, that's a habit I picked up from another board I use, where people's boyfriends/husbands/wives/partners/children are refered to by appropriate variations on your own username, unless they also use the board in which case you would use their username.
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