Friday, February 12, 2010

Hooting

I finished my Owls sweater and I am so happy with it.  I mentioned before that I've never knit myself a whole sweater before, but after this I think I'll do it again and again and again.

Owls sweater

I'm happy with the fit.  The right sleeve looks shorter in the picture above, but they are actually the same length.  Knitting in the round does have some disadvantages, but for this project I really liked being able to try it on to check the length both in the body and the sleeves.

Owls sweater

Blocking really helped with the shaping in the back.  The increases and decreases created some strange lumps and bumps that flattened out nicely.  Blocking also helped smooth out the owls a lot.  I have been frustrated before by yarn that relaxes a lot during blocking - enough to even change the gauge.  This yarn (Cascade Ecological Wool) didn't do that at all.  I kind of held my breath during blocking really hoping it would come out the same size.  I was really relieved to find that the blocking did exactly what it should do and nothing else.

Owls sweater

It felt like it took a looooong time to sew on all those buttons (34!).  When I'm sewing I usually attach buttons by machine.  That wasn't an option here.

Owls sweater

This sweater might make the rest of the winter endurable for me.  I need to make a long-sleeved shirt to wear under it as it is rather itchy.  But, once I've got that done I'll probably wear it a lot.  And if someone tells me they like my sweater, I'll probably say, "Thank you.  I made it myself."  And then I might hoot.

16 comments:

  1. You should hoot!! It looks amazing!

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  2. Beautiful! I love the color and the owls really make it interesting.

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  3. That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! The color looks great on you.

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  4. Artistic and the quality looks amazing. I am so glad it turned out as you had hoped. Awesome color! Better practice your "Hoot"

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  5. I love it. The color is perfect as well as the fit. So glad you didn't compromise on the yarn selection.

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  6. How long did it take to knit? I love it! You did such a fabulous job!!

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  7. Awesome sweater! The fit looks perfect and I'm happy the blocking didn't stretch it out. I love this design and will knit it for myself sometime. Currently I'm still working on the wool cardigan I started last November. It's going to be summer before it's finished. :(

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  8. Oh, it is sooo adorable... Great work!

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  9. Your sweater looks awesome and you got the fit right on! the owls are really very cute.

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  10. That is a beautiful sweater! I love the details with the owls and their (piercing) eyes. One's attention is immediately drawn to them, which make them real stand-out details. Love-it!!

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  11. Absolutely amazing! I love it! That is one of the nicest sweaters I have ever seen! You truly make amazing things!

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  12. Beautiful!! do you mind if I ask what size you normally wear? I would like to knit this but can't decide which size to do and your sweater fits you nicely. :)

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