Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A New Blue Sweater

 For people who don't knit this post may be painfully boring to read.  I guess it could be boring for people who knit too..but I doubt it.  So...where do I begin??  Maybe I should say that I feel the need to thank Andrew for these HUGE boobs I have.  You can clearly see in this sweater that my boy likes his milk and I am making a ton of it....
OK...now that we got that out of the way I can go on about my

I found this sweater pattern on Ravelry a few months ago.  A knitter I took a lesson from faved it and I like the different versions I saw on Rav.  I was intrigued....I liked that so many people actually knit it using the very cheap yarn  Caron soft from Joann's.  The whole sweater cost $5 to knit...like the whole thing.
And since I spent about $90 on my last knit sweater, that does not fit that great, I thought having a second go at sweater making should be done more budget friendly...just in case sizing was/is an issue.
I will take this moment to say I DO not gauge which is sizing kiss of death...but I have tried and I just don't get it.  I knit the rows and stitches and I measure and I am not sure what to do with the info...so I have been skipping that step.

And for this sweater it looks like I guessed correctly .  I read lots of people's notes and when it was time for me to knit...I just picked needles I had and went for it. 

 Most of the sweaters from this pattern on Ravelry are knit with stripes.  I was going to knit mine in stripes too...but in the end I could not bring myself to deal with 2 balls of yarn.  And the very boring, non risk taking part of me went with navy blue.  But get this, my stripe color was going to be gray...very risky in deed!!

 I started this project right after Drew was born.  I wanted something with lots of straight knitting..nothing fancy.  This was perfect for nothing fancy.  I did no shaping and never tried it on as I was knitting.  Why I don't take the time for these things is beyond me.  Slow down I tell myself.  But I get to excited to finish!!  I can' help myself.
 But here I am,  project at 100% and I am happy as happy can be.  It fits!!  It fits!! I wish I made it an inch or 2 longer..but I think once my boobs go back to normal (?whatever that is?) I will gain some on the length.  I have worn it 2 days in a row and I love it.  I have not really left the house in it yet.  But when I do I am just dying for someone to give me the chance to say.."Guess what???  I made this!!"
Now...what would I do different...I would upgrade on the yarn.  I actually bought and knit this pattern using the Caron Soft from Joann's.  I liked the price tag but I am sad that this really CUTE looking sweater is made from cheap yarn.  I wish this were Quince & Co. yarn, or The Fibre Company Road TO China.  But maybe next time.  Then I could call this sweater my $95 in Paris sweater!!

p.s thanks guys for all the love you sent my way about my neighbor party thing.  It is so cool to feel the support of others and remember that each of us have situations that hurt and life goes on...

20 comments:

  1. It's beautiful- and so are you!!!!!!

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  2. I love the blue sweater and I have to say this post was so great for me to read...very timely! I am making my first hand knit sweater for myself. The yarn was really expensive (a gift from my Mom). When I saw the price, I put it back, but my mother said get what you like....well I don't like. I followed gage and it seemed like it was correct, but my shrug is way too long. I won't bore you with what else went wrong, but the pressure to knit this expensive sweater beautifully is making me crazy. I buy my yarn from Michael's crafts or Walmart! By the way, that color is really flattering on you.

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  3. That's incredible!! The sweater is darling and looks fabulous on you! I love the color and the fit! Who cares if it's cheap yarn! That's what makes it even better! You look fantastic, Lisa! No one would ever know you just had a baby! Good for you!!

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  4. I LOVE the color!!!! It looks great!

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  5. What a beautiful sweater! I would not give a second thought to the yarn. I would proudly say that it only cost me $5! I am currently trying to knit a bolero and things are not going well. All night, I dreamed about how to fix the problem, yet this morning I am no closer to having a solution.

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  6. Great sweater -- and you look great in it ( big boobs too)!

    When you knit your swatch, my dear, if it is smaller than it should be, try again with a slightly larger needle. If it's too large go down a size. It takes a few minutes but is so worth it to not have to rip out a sweater!

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  7. From all of the non knitters in my household: "Wow!, you actually made that! Wow, again!" The sweater is very nice, but the woman inside is BEAUTIFUL!

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  8. It looks wonderful, Lisa! Great job! I'm going to add that one to my Ravelry queue too. I just can't do cheap yarn anymore. Life's too short to waste precious knitting time with cheap yarn, I say! ;)

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  9. Amazing--I love it!! the color is perfect.

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  10. It turned out beautifully, and you look gorgeous in it!

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  11. It came out wonderful! I would definitely make another one in a different yarn if you like how it came out. Be proud that it only cost $5 to make. That is awesome.

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  12. It's amazingly beautiful! I love that it only cost $5, that is the sweater you will always reach for now to go roll around in the leaves with the kiddos come Fall or not be afraid to sit with your back against a tree holding your little one for fear that something will happen to the terribly expensive and labor intensive piece of clothing you have on. It's perfect!

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  13. Gorgeous sweater!! Love the color!!! It looks so good on you!

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  14. I love your sweater and the color blue is my fave fave color. You look great. I must say you have such a lovely family. You did an awesome job on the sweater. I wish I could knit like that. I know how to knit but just the basics. wow cost only five bucks that is just awesome. You look great in blue that is you girlfriend:)

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  15. Your sweater is perfect - who needs to know about the cost. Wearing it regularly will be the reward.
    Enjoy

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  16. Beautiful job! I have to say you wear cheap yarn well! I think that was smart trying it in an inexpensive yarn first. Looks like a winner to me and you look great! I'm off to check out this pattern.

    Debbie

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  17. That is a gorgeous sweater. If you had not told me you knitted it, I might have guessed it was professionally made.

    It looks great on you. That has to be my favorite shade of blue. Sort of like a clear winter sky when all the summer haze is gone.

    The ribbing at the edges is really well done and dresses up your "simple" sweater. Most of my family prefers sweaters without all the distracting pockets, cables, etc.

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  18. Forgot to mention, you have a delightful smile. It could brighten a cloudy day.

    May you always have a reason to smile.

    Knitting is a gift. My mom and sister knit numerous items to give as Christmas presents. Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, a throw for the back of the couch or covers to protect the arm rests. A vest to wear under the coat to chase the winter chills. Booties, slippers. Items that would cost a lot of money to buy as gifts can be made for pennies on the dollar.

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  19. Are you single ?

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