See You in Autumn

Just a quick post today to show you my completed February Lady Sweater. As I’ve mentioned before, the Knit Picks Chroma that I used is beautiful but it does have it’s challenges.

It's done!

It’s done!

This adaptation of an Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern was a great introduction to her Knitter’s Almanac – I can definitely see more EZ patterns in my future.

Now to pack it away until it’s cold enough for a wool sweater. Since this is Canada, that probably won’t be too long!

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Leftovers

I’ve finished my February Lady sweater! It still needs a few ends woven in and a good blocking, so I’ll hold of on the pictures until then. I decided against the moose buttons and instead decided to use these vintage ones I picked up at Market Road Antiques (if you’re ever near St. Jacob’s Country I strongly suggest visiting this place – I could spend a whole day in there).

Vintage Buttons

Vintage Buttons

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We Have a Sleeve!

Remember my February Lady Sweater? I know it’s been a while but I haven’t forgotten about it, in fact I’ve got a whole new sleeve to show you.

Only a sleeve to go!

Only a sleeve to go!

I really prefer this top-down method of knitting sweaters, so much easier than sewing in sleeves after the fact. I hope to finish this by the end of the month. There’s really only a sleeve left (plus weaving in a few ends and sewing on some buttons) so it’s definitely an achievable goal.

February Lady Progress

I’ve finished the body of my February Lady sweater.  I really like the way it fits and I am so glad I went down a size rather than up, as I would normally do.

THe completed body

The completed body

The body took me about three and a half balls of Chroma Worsted, but I wasted a lot getting the stripes to match up. I think if I were using a solid yarn it would have only taken three balls (maybe a bit less?).

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Blending

I’ve been knitting obsessively on my February Lady Sweater and I’ve got the progress to show for it.

Loving these subtle stripes

Loving these subtle stripes

It’s my first time working with a gradient yarn like Chroma on such a large project.  Sure, I’ve made self-striping socks and even a gradient cowl, but those were all one-skein projects. Getting the colours to blend just right when joining balls of gradient yarn is quite the headache (the fact that this is a subtle monochrome doesn’t help matters). I think I have it figured out now, but not before making some mistakes – if you look closely at the third buttonhole you’ll see that the stripes actually change direction where I joined the second ball; I’ll call it a design feature rather than ripping back.

Confessions

One of my absolute all-time favourite knitting books is Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac. I’ve had it for years and I can just pick it up, open it to a random page, and start reading. It’s kind of like a bowl of oatmeal – old-fashioned and plain but also very wholesome and comforting.

The thing is, I’ve never actually made anything from it (or any of EZ’s pattern’s for that matter). I still consider myself a beginner knitter; I like clear and straightforward instructions that tell me exactly what to do. EZ weaves her knitting instructions into stories about her day, and when she summarizes them at the end she assumes a lot of knowledge on the part of the knitter. They’re perfectly clear instructions, but she doesn’t hold your hand.

Tools of the Trade

KnitPicks and EZ, is there anything better?

I’m not so sure I’m ready to let go yet. The commemorative version of the book that I have also includes Pamela Wayne’s February Lady Sweater, which is an adaptation of EZ’s Baby Sweater on Two Needles. I figure this will be a good introduction to EZ’s style. I’m using some KnitPicks Chroma worsted that’s been in my stash for years, it’s one of those one-off colours they sold during a Cyber Monday sale a few years back (with the very creative colour name L-1).

This is a top down cardigan with absolutely no seaming and a simple four-row lace pattern. I’m looking forward to it!