Archive for December, 2011
Oh my I have big news! I’ve dropped right off the face of the earth but it’s because I have so much fun stuff brewing. I had big plans for gift guides and I’ve got so many FOs to share but that will all have to wait. Because we are moving! Jon and I have finally found a really amazing apartment for ourselves and no more sharing! Nothing is more stressful than moving so add that to the chaos of the holidays and I’m just slightly incoherent right now.
Anyway, I’m going to have so much after the New Year. And I can’t wait to share our first grown up apartment with you all. 2012 is going to be a very exciting year!
Hopefully I can squeeze in a few more posts before the holidays but you can find me on Twitter if you want to read a live feed of me losing my mind.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Jon gave me that adorable sweater mug for Chanukah. How cozy is it with a gigantic homemade marshmallow floating in hot chocolate?!
It’s getting cold outside! Slowly but surely, fall is descending on New York City! Which means it’s time to pull out some hand knit sweaters! I got this one out of the closet and I just had to share it. Please forgive my nostalgia but I’m quite attached to this thing.
I love big comfy chunky fisherman sweaters. This is made from the Lion Brand Comfy Inishturk sweater pattern in their Fishermen’s Wool in the color oatmeal. Nothing warms you up like wearing a color called oatmeal. I bought the yarn and kind of decided to tackle this ambitious knit just before starting my junior year of college on a visit from my mom and aunt. I’d recently moved into my first apartment in Williamsburg. I was pretty much unstoppable. I’d knit a sweater and an intarsia vest before this so I was confident I could pull it off. I got all of the yarn on sale and immediately went home and cast on.
I’m just as proud now as I was when I finished it. The cables look incredibly complicated and they’re definitely screwed up in a few spots especially right in the front where I wouldn’t want them to be but I couldn’t rip out once I’d realized. I wonder if I would go back and fix it now?
I’ve been knitting since I was 14 but this sweater is kind of a turning point in my career as a knitter. I knit a lot of things before this sweater but most of them were of little consequence and made with little care. I can’t recall many of those things besides a few hats and badly-designed scarves. That other sweater and the vest I knit before this I never wear. They don’t fit right and the yarn I chose isn’t comfortable against the skin.
I’ve learned a lot since I bound off and put those gigantic sleeves onto the even more titanic body. (Don’t get me wrong, I love how big it is…and it is a size small…but it’s a little bigger than a “comfy sweater” should be. Who knows what size it should be. I didn’t knit gauge swatches back then!) Putting the fishermen’s sweater on now, I can see that I clearly had not ever heard of the mattress stitch. I laugh and think about how far I’ve come with my technique in only a few years. It’s exciting to think that I have such a thorough understanding now but, of course, I have a lot to learn still. Who knows what I’ll be making in another two years or so.
Long story short, I’m still in love with this oversized lump of a sweater. It really turned me into a full-time knitter. And, even though I’m critical, no one notices the messy seams or misshaped cables. I’d love to see what I’d make if I re-knit this pattern but I don’t think I want to go back. I like my imperfections and I have too long a queue to start back tracking anyway!
Have you ever re-knit a pattern you knit before? How do you feel about your old FOs? Do you love how silly they are or do you hide them in the bottom of your stash?
ps. Please forgive the Photobooth pictures. I guess I didn’t have a real camera back then. It’s a fun contrast, though, isn’t it!
pps. Happy birthday to my Dad who turned 60 last week!