Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Happily Tilted!

Yeah, all in all pretty happy with it, despite almost fainting from the warmth from wearing it right now. Also a bit snug, the worst being my arms, hoping further blocking in the fall will help.

Presenting....
Yeah, I'm happy...
Tilted Duster from IK Fall 2007, size 44
Berroco Peruvia Azul Colorway, 5 skeins
KP Options, US 8's, most people knit this on 10's but me, nope, got gauge at 8's! :( No wonder it took a while. January 08 to April 08. Well I do admit to a lot of sewing going on and a few other knits got in the way too. One can only knit so much of K2P2 ribbing now! ;)

No mods other than I knit the sleeves with Magic loop until the caps were needed. I really didn't need to adjust stitch count for knitting sleeves in the round as they are snug. I was forewarned, but truly thought they would block a bit bigger. Since it won't be wearing for a while, I'll try blocking them again. Learned how to knit M1 Lefts and Rights. No holes! :)

I ordered 9 skeins even though my size called for 7 and only used 5! I was really nervous as I saw an XS knit with 5 skeins. So why does my XL have 5 skeins too? I'm thinking it could have been a bit longer. I finished all pattern repeats, but was about 1 to 1.5" short pre-blocking. At that point, trust me, I was so done with that skirt part. I figured I could steam block it into submission. Knitting with the Peruvia was just like knitting with Lamb's pride worsted as it's single ply as well. But it isn't nearly as soft as the LP is! Not sure I'd knit anything else to wear in this yarn, but I'm sure it felts well, and with 4 skeins leftover, I'm sure I'll find out.

A pretty straight forward pattern for a newbie sweater knitter like me except when I started it, knitting the front bodice pieces was a bit frightening. The way the directions are, you think you are knitting the right bodice, but it's really the left...I knit 3 bodices as 1 was the swatch. I looked everywhere to see if I was totally crazy, but no one mentioned it. Oh well...as you can see I conquered that problem.

I found lots of tips from Ready, Set, Knit Podcast and Ravelry.

Pensive pose The pensive pose.


Gotta pose Yeah, I wanted to show you the side! I bound off as suggested in the pattern, on the WS and I don't mind the bottom flaring a bit.

Got back!
(now the sleeves aren't that tight, it's just my pose)
The back, geesh, mine looks huge! But you can see that upper area is a tiny bit snug, but not painfully so. This yarn is warm...um..really warm and itchy. Hoping the cold weather takes care of that..oh yeah and a long sleeved shirt! ;)

Buttons Close up of the buttons I got at SAFF. I don't remember the vendor, she was on the floor level near the sheep shearing. She was great, I brought a bit of this yarn for matching purposes and she let me take my selections outside to double check in the sunlight. How cool was that, I walked out with like 6 sets of buttons too. That wouldn't happen at your local fabric shop for sure! I really like them, they were a little big for my buttonholes, but I made them work. Still need to add the hook/eye to keep the sides a bit closer together.

For my 3rd sweater, not bad. The first one Green Gable, was too big and has a new owner who loves it!! Sweater 2, the Everyday Carptigan is ok, not happy with the fit, but a good sweater for around the house. Sweater #4 is on the needles now!

I'm pretty happy with it. I knew all along it would be a bit snug in the chest/upper arm area which is a problem area for me, but I'm working on it with the help of some friends from the Fitness along. I think that will help the fronts be a little closer together too. The style, isn't what I should probably wear either due to my extreme chest (well extreme for me ;) why peeps want more there I have no idea!) but I don't care! I've always like the sweater and look forward to a better fit in the fall, stay tuned for a fall post on this one!

Heh! Yeah I'm done, watcha gonna do about it!!

33 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

YAY!!! It's done and it looks fantastic!

Aimee said...

It looks great!!!!!! And mine grew in blocking - not a lot, but it did grow some - I used 8s or 9s - but I used a different yarn :) And I love the buttons!

Karen said...

Gorgeous!!!

Sarah Jackson said...

Hooray for you! Congrats on a beautiful sweater #3.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

It looks great!

It's in my queue to make! What a great sweater! Enjoy wearing it!

cpurl17 said...

It looks fantastic!! You rock the sweater knitting girl!

You should take a vacation to Australia so you can wear it! :)

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Absolutely fantastic!! Look at you rockin' the finished sweater poses!! It looks great! I soooo need to put down the socks and start me a sweater! Great job Z!! In just a few months too!!!!

Betty said...

That looks fabulous on you!

Bezzie said...

Kick ass! I think that's one of the best TDs I've seen!

LOVE those buttons!

KnitDiva said...

IT looks fantastic! And I looooove the buttons a lot!!! :) I may have to try that thing out. hhmmmm.... no must not cast on anything else right now!!!! :)

Stacey said...

Wow, that looks great! :) You did such a fantastic job! I love the buttons too.

Great, another sweater to add to my long long queue!

Lauren said...

Woohoo! Congrats on finishing it! I think it looks nice, and I love the buttons.

Robin said...

It turned out great!! I love that color for you, and the buttons are fab. I don't have a scientific answer to the # of skeins mystery, but I do know that I often have to drop one or two needle sizes to get gauge and I tend to always use less yarn than listed as the requirements (even if I don't shorten the project somewhere.)

Scoutj said...

It's fantastic!!!

Karen said...

Eeeeee, it's done!!! It looks great! I can't believe it's only your third sweater. You rock!!

Dkswife said...

Very pretty! It looks good on you!

Macoco said...

It looks fantastic! I can't wait until it's cooler so you don't overheat every time you put it on! :)

Javajem said...

You look awesome!! Great job on the sweater!!

Ragan Knits etc... said...

Hip-hip-HURRAY!!!!!!
It looks "fabulous darling"...wonderful!
I still cannot believe that this is your 3rd sweater! :-)
Love the buttons too.
Have a great day!

zolzer said...

Congrats..that is super cute.

Heather said...

Oops..didn't mean to come across as zolzer - it's me. :)

And still a great job by the way.

weezalana said...

You should be *very* happy with it, it looks fantastic on you!

Carol said...

Very nice TD. Want one. Wait, it's already in the queue. Behind, ummm, too many projects. Damn.

I like yours, the colour is fabulous too.

Beverly said...

Great job! I can't believe it's only your third sweater. I don't think it looks too snug in the upper arms. I looks great on you. I love the color.

tiennie said...

Great job!! Looks wonderful!

Jess said...

WOW. You look so gorgeous! And the sweater definitely does too. Model that TD girl! Rawr!!!

Sonya said...

Beautiful! I love the color and I love the design. It fits you very well too. I'm sure you can block a little more ease into the sleeves. Good job!

Amanda said...

It's beeeyoooteeeful! Awesome job!

I am so extrasuper motivated now to find yarn for a TD at MDSW!!!

sgeddes said...

It looks great! I can see why you don't want to do anymore ribbing for awhile.

I love the buttons they are a perfect match. I'd forgotten that you picked those up at SAFF.

thegabbyknitter said...

It looks great on you, beautiful job!

aquaknits said...

Hurray!! The Duster looks fantastic, that is a wonderful color on you! I love the poses too, great post. :D

Jennifer said...

Just lovely! The buttons are perfect as well. So pretty.

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

It looks great! Love those buttons!