Thursday, July 13, 2017

So Faded...making my first hand knit sweater

When I saw Andrea Mowry's pattern for a SO Faded sweater I knew it needed to be my first adult sized sweater knitting project. I quickly ordered a curated collection of yarn from @Nicole_Huelco (Instagram name) yarn shop. 

The reason I was drawn to this sweater is because it was made with fingering weight wool, making this a perfect sweater for cool California evenings. Our weather is so mild here that making a heavy wool sweater would be a lot of work for not getting many wearings out of it. 
I started this sweater on May 20. It was a scary start. My stitches were very loose and I was worried that I would not get a nice, even stitch. I kept on going and my stitches evened out.

I surprised myself when I finished the sweater on June 30, still needing to weave in the thread ends. I thought it would take me months to complete. What was a really scary start turned out to be an easy sweater to complete. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. 

I knit the majority of the sweater with the continental knitting method and even mastered the purl continental stitch. The only time I reverted to throwing the yarn was when I was knitting the ribbing at the neckline and bottom of the body of the sweater and sleeves.

I like that the neckline sits a little lower on my neck. It is more flattering, in my opinion, on me than a crew neck sweater would be. This was because my stitches started out a little too loose, but I'm glad it worked out.

The pattern offers two options of sleeve lengths, either an elbow length sleeve or a long sleeve. I chose to finish somewhere in the middle with a three-quarter length sleeve.

My only regret is that I did not make the sweater one size bigger. I would have liked it to fit a bit more loose.

Now if the temperatures can drop about 30 degrees I can take this sweater out of the drawer and get some wear out of it. It has been in the 90's and 100's here in Southern California and we still have 2 months of summer!

Sweater Stats:
Pattern: So Faded by Andrea Mowry  Size 38
Yarn: Andrea's pick from Hue Loco online yarn shop 80% Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon
Colors: Girl Talk
             Pink Peppercorn
             Cutie Pie
Needles: Addi Turbo 24" and 32" Circular US 3 - 3.25 mm and US 5 - 3.75 mm 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Second Quarter Finish Along 2017

I set my goal for three finishes and only finished two! I am really falling short on so many levels. I spent the majority of May making clothes and June cleaning out closets and looking through 8 huge boxes of my mom's old photos. If you have ever looked through decades of photos you will know how long this takes. My mom saved everything, including the photos where her finger was over the lens! Ha! Ha!

Now my finishes:
You can see my hopeful list of three planned projects here. 
The first finish was this pair of socks. You can read all about them in this blog post

My other finish is a large Alternative Pickle Dish quilt. I love this quilt and the way is all came together. It's super scrappy thanks to my Stash Sewciety bee, who helped me make all the starry looking blocks. For all the details see the blog post I wrote about it in April. 

I didn't get to the quilting and binding of this other bee quilt, but plan on finishing it for the next quarter. All the blocks are made and sewn into a quilt top, so if it cools off I should be able to baste it and quilt it real soon.

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who help to keep the Finish Along going and also to the many sponsors.

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