This was the final frontier. The scariest single thing in knitting. cutting it. Let me back up though. See i knit my father a sweater for his birthday this summer. a fancy cabled vest. It was a thing of beauty in a chocolaty brown. However it magically became about 4 inches too big by the time i was done with it. (remember how i said i needed to pull my stitches tight? Well, i really really did. Ah well.
So it was too big, andi do want him to wear it. So i needed to fix it. At first i thought i would just redo the seams but… 4 inches. Then i had 1 day to do it and the problem became much more streamlined.
I took it to the sewing room. And i used a serger on it. a SeRGER. it stitched and cut my fabric. Cut it. My knitting. I may have had a bit of a panic attack there. But it was actually fine. The serger in fact anchored all the stitches neatly and the whole thing is now 4 inches narrower.
Maybe i AM brave enough for steeking some day….
Mine is going. I just set the back and both fronts to block. Now to start the sleeves. This is of course the fun part since it is where the stripes happen. I at least am excited. This blocking took way more pins then ever before, i really want to get this perfect.
the perspective makes it look weird but i promise the two halves are the same width
Filed under Sweater, Tucci
Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia [85% Polwarth; 15% silk]: 600 yds/549 m per 210 g hank – this is the yarn i am using for my Tucci sweater, mentioned in a previous post. I am using Versailles for my sweater personally.
This was the yarn that was recommended for the pattern but at first the price scared me away. However then i went to Rhinebeck (a post for later) and felt the demo knit up model. And suddenly just like that i was in love. Seriously i am not kidding. The Polwarth makes it all soft and luxurious a bit like alpaca. But the silk makes it all shiny and awesome. The feel of the fabric made from it is just so… OK the only word i can think of is delicious. The fabric is delicious.
Now, this is not Malabrigo, which i maintain knits itself, but it is pretty darn close. I am not yet done with the sweater, but this yarn is a keeper. The skeins are HUGE. i am going to have leftovers. I am already making plans on what to do with that.
What would you do with delicious purple yarn?
Filed under Reviews, Tucci, yarn
This is as far as i got in the re-make of this sweater
I have been knitting for years. 32 years in fact. Since i was 3. Yes, now you know my age. I used to knit flat things, but then something like 15 years ago i knit a sweater. And it sort of fit. Then i knit another, and it also sort of fit. Then i learned that hey, i should maybe swatch.
And i hated it. With a fiery passion of a thousand burning suns. But i did it. And it kinda helped. My sweaters fit a bit better.
Then i learned that i should wash my swatch. This in fact changed all the things. My sweaters fit better.
However, two weeks ago i learned something completely new. I learned that my knitting is too loose to make sweaters. And that i could have known that from a gauge swatch. So, one unraveled Tucci Sweater later… I am starting again.
Filed under Sweater, Tucci