Category Archives: Sweater

the scariest thing in knitting

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….

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Sweaters progress at their own pace

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.


tucci blocking


the perspective makes it look weird but i promise the two halves are the same width

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Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia

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?

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Here is Tucci back in progress

20131107-154224.jpg   This is as far as i got in the re-make of this sweater

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November 7, 2013 · 8:42 pm

To start to write, one must write. To start to knit one must swatch.

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.


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