Saturday, October 25

in the end it's easy

It's been another long week, mostly been made up of sewing very long voile curtains, grommeting them, hanging them and then realizing that I need to make longer ones, or ones that are more gathered, or that maybe this one should be moved over there. The end is in sight, and I am ready to breathe a huge sigh of relief, but I'm not sure that's safe yet. All of the curtains could get ripped or someone could throw paint on them or maybe we'll realize that they are in the way.

In any case, knitting has been keeping me somewhat sane and I am longing for the opportunity to spin again. (It's been months!) I have been finishing things, most notably my Cables and Lace Kimono, which I started way back in January. Finishing seems to be my biggest knitting hump. I can knit and knit and get all the pieces done, but sewing them together can take a year. In this case, I finished knitting the body of the sweater in February, and I sewed the shoulders together. The sleeves are then picked up from the shoulders and knit on flat and then seamed. I got most of the way down the first sleeve before it just became unmanageable, and then the project got put aside. For about seven months.

I realized this fall, when I started looking longingly at sweaters with similar shapes, that it was time to pick it up again, and it flew by. I finished the actual knitting on the bus up to Cape Cod, and sewed it together while I was there. (there were only two seams!)
I think it's safe to say that it fits me perfectly. I couldn't be more pleased with the end result. I could wear it every day (and did last week) but the sleeves are a little bulky under a jacket, which is why I'm glad my only modification was to make the sleeve straight and not flared. I thought that it would be wide enough without a flare.
pattern: Cables and Lace Kimono Wrap Cardigan by Sweaterbabe
yarn: 7 balls Queensland Collection Kathmandu DK, color 410 (I LOVE this yarn)
needle: #7 Addi Turbo

As for the pattern, I have to say that it is over-written. There are 10 pages for something that is very simple, and I think the major reason for this is that the cables and lace are written row by row, when the whole thing could be easily charted. I contacted the designer and offered to make charts for the pattern which I could share with her. She didn't seem very interested, but she did say that I could share them if anyone else was making the sweater, so feel free to contact me if you would like them.

5 comments:

Lauren said...

that is a beautiful shape and color for you! lovely lovely...

chelsea said...

oh wow, this is lovely! I love the color of the yarn -- you can really see the texture of it in your photos, too. I've yet to make a grown-up sized sweater yet, but cardigans are forever in my sights...

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful sweater on you. It could be fabulous over a dark outfit for some dressy occasions as well as the everyday use you've put it to.

Congratulations on finally getting it completed!~
Emily B

kate said...

Hi! It was great to meet you at Rhinebeck as well. That new sweater is really really lovely!

A Walsh said...

super cute!!