Finished Object: Wicked Sweater

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Thanks everyone for the pep talk about the sweater. I was so eager to get it off the needles on April 10th but ended up having to redo the sleeves a couple times so that extended the date to April 20th. I know I have been an absentee blogger lately but man am I crafting up a storm. Between knitting and sewing and quilting, I am about to have a crafting induced nervous breakdown. I hope to be through the storm this week so I should have some more stuff to show off soon in the FO category. Until then, I hope you like the Wicked…now with extra twists!!!

Yarn: Queensland Llama Seta (80%alpaca/20% silk blend yarn) color 11
Inspiration: Zephyr Style Wicked Sweater
Needles:
Size 6
Yardage: 9 balls (792 yards)
Modifications: Changed needles from 7 to a 6 to better suit yarn. Added an extra twist in the cables, which was an accident design element. Decreased before the armhole cabling to reduce armhole size.
Enjoyment Factor:
7.5

The Good:

  • Busted the Stash Baby. 9 out of 10 balls of my red Queensland Llama Seta yarn that I bought a while back for finally found a home.
  • This sweater flew off the needles. I saw the pattern, dug through my stash, threw it on the needles and here it is for all the see.
  • I really like the simplicity of the sweater and the pattern was great and very user friendly

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The Bad:

  • I redid the armhole cabling twice because of the size of the armholes were two big for my taste. I had 76 stitches reserved for the armholes as the pattern stated but ended up reducing down to 64 stitches because I wanted a snugger fit on the arms.
  • My design element was the result of me forgetting the rest row in the cable pattern. Instead I just repeated the actual cable stitch over and over again. I didn’t realize I had done this until I started on the armholes. Was I going back on a top down raglan sweater to fix the boo boo? HELL NO!! Besides, I like it anyway.

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The Ugly:

  • I don’t have a modeled picture for you. I always like seeing had knits on their intended model but I am just too tired to go through the motions. Let me reassure you that it fits fine and I really like it with a white long sleeve T-shirt underneath. Maybe I will get one in the future and add to the post. Who knows?

Knit Time: March 24 – April 14

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Just Another Manic Monday…

Ok so this is how my Monday started…

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Yup, I was sporting my Sunrise Circle Jacket today thinking I was wearing a PAIR, not just ONE brown shoe. My boss noticed this when I was mimicking Cameron Diaz running about a mile, in heels, in the SNOW during a scene in The Holiday which I though was ridiculous. Who knew the joke was on me. This made me laugh all day long today. Just shows the lack of mental, let alone physical motivation that I lacked throughout the day. This was the type of day that put even the bored workers in Office Space to shame. PC LOAD LETTER!!!!

Anyway, you are here for the knitting, so here is a recap of what I did and didn’t do this weekend.

I didn’t….

  • …finish the Apricot Jacket as I should have. With only some weaving in and a hook and eye to install you would have thought I would have this puppy up and worn by now. The weekend was even perfect for some daytime shots. Did I? NOPE!
  • …work on that never ending Chevron Scarf. I really like the scarf but COME ON!!! This is taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!!

I did…

  • …start on Wicked with some stash (yes, STASH) yarn.

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It is Queensland Llama Seta in a Wicked Red color. My first red sweater and my first top down, knit in the round sweater. Should be interesting

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  • …buy some Minkie fabric which is super soft on sale at the Tall Mouse. I will be making some blankets in the near future.

So that is the recap for the weekend. Hope to have something more for ya’ll soon.