Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Reveal







So, it's not the most flattering sweater shape for me, even with 15" less circumference (and it's still fairly loose, but that's fine). 6"-8" shorter would make a huge difference in how this sweater fits and drapes, but I didn't want to have to redo the entire neckline, or sacrifice that much design area. Even so, it's still gorgeous (and I do say so myself), and I am so glad that I got brave enough to take scissors to this sweater. I can now wear it happily.


I know that I have some more of those buttons somewhere (made from coconut shells- I got them from Button Drawer, link in Stash Enhancers) but I could not find them, so I had to sew the existing neckline button hole closed and make a new one. The spacing looks better now anyway. I decided to go with all black on the extended ribbing because #1 corrugated bands are a pain to knit back and forth, and #2 I wanted the neckline to tighten up more than corrugated ribbing would have. I am very pleased with the final look.

The final yarn tally (for the 59" chest) was 27, 25gr skeins of Rowanspun 4-ply, 8 colors (with at least half a ball left of each of the colors). This yarn has been discontinued, but you can find it still. I bought most of it on Ebay, and found some amazing bargains (bags of 10 skeins for $19.95, and that included shipping. From England), so the few skeins that I had to pay $5.95@ weren't such a burden. I bought tons of it (including several colors that didn't make it into this sweater) and have enough on hand to knit at least 2 more sweaters in the largest size (and probably 3 in my current size). It's a very fine yarn- the sweater was knit on 2.75mm needles, but it blooms beautifully, and makes a light, warm and soft sweater. I finally took a picture that shows the beautiful tweediness of this yarn- most of the shots don't highlight the amazing bits and spots of color. Unfortunately, as much as I love this yarn, I can't design with it, since it's finer than most Fair Isle yarns on the market now. But I can knit with it for fun, and that's more... well... fun...


I'm glad that I don't have more sweaters to cut down, but I would do it again in a flash. It was scarier to cut into a finished piece than doing it with a WIP, but worth the angst.
p.s. respacing the buttons helped with the wonky motif lineup, but it didn't fix the problem entirely. I think I picked up the sts for the front bands differently on each side, which permanently skewed the alignment (and it'll be permanent- I'm not going to tear those bands out and reknit them. I do have limits, you know)

14 comments:

Kay-From the Back Yard said...

It looks beautiful!

Chery said...

I love your sweater. It looks nice at a better size for you. Congratulations on a job well done.

Bunny said...

It looks great!

Marlyn said...

The sweater looks great, and it looks great on you. Good call.

Fríða said...

wow, congratulations on a job well done, beautiful sweater!
best wishes from Iceland
Frida

Allison said...

Can't believe you finished this so quickly! All you have to do now is wear a leather belt around the waist, and it will look just like what is showing in the fashion shows.

danielle said...

Gorgeous sweater!!!!!!!!!
You may be critical of it - arent we all of our own creations? - but I think it is quite the head turner!

BTW = thanks for the prize package. Recieved it last week but havent had much time to be online (you know - work often interferes with life!) and thank you. Perfect prize - as soon as I opened it, I knew exactly where it was going! Thank you!

Linda said...

You did a fabulous job, the sweater is still as lovely as before the surgery! And I personally love a sweater that keeps my bumm warm as well as the rest of my upper body. Enjoy it!

And You look Fabulous as well!

Pat said...

What a brave sweater adjusting adventure you've had!
A gorgeous piece of knitting and a much nicer fit for your new svelt body!

Kate/Massachusetts said...

It looks beautiful on you! What a stunning sweater!

knitster said...

Wow how beautiful is the sweater, It is truly a work or art.

Robin said...

WOW! Your sweater is absolutely gorgeous.

Vashti Braha said...

Very cool story! Thank you for sharing it, and congratulations. It looks wonderful on you.

Cathy J said...

This is absolutely stunning!