Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The hell you say? I finished something else?

Why yes, I did. Something that's been languishing for close to a year. And it took me something like 3 days to complete it -- which makes me mad I didn't address it much, much sooner.

Finally, it is my great pleasure to present -- GRAMPS!


Made with Debbie Bliss Stella - which has since been discontinued. It's a cotton/silk blend, and was total hell on my hands. Redeeming qualities? Well, #1 just LOOK at it! It's gorgeous and beautifully textured. #2 it's soft, soft, soft. #3 (and this one kills me!) machine washable, bitches!

The pattern is a little vague once it comes time to address the yoke, and I let that intimidate me for many, many months. Turns out my distress was completely unfounded. I am a competent knitter, and I let myself forget that when it came to this sweater. As long as you can read your knitting, and follow the flow of the cabling, you'll be fine with the yoke.


The most frustrating thing for me was the lack of images of the back of the sweater on Ravelry. Should I be maintaining the purl stitch, or ditching it in favour of a knit? The answer is let the purl stitch go - you're eating the rib with the raglan decreases. Maintaining the purl looks off.
If you look closely at the armpit area in this photo (especially on the right side of the image) you'll see what I mean.


The sweater looks totally adorable on Boober, but he was pretty unimpressed when I slapped it on him to check it out. Maybe I should have taken off his vest first . . . . modeled photos were not obtained.

AND, I finished something else too!


Fastener practice for a busy bag swap!
On this side, a button and a (super stiff, not at all easy) snap.


And on this side, a zipper to nowhere, and 2 velcro tabs. Thus far, Boober has really enjoyed the velcro tabs and fully ignored everything else. These will go into the post today or tomorrow and will hopefully be enjoyed by other 1 year olds.


Kaye said...

Woah! Love that sweater!
Why is it though all that work, and they refuse to model! Ha ha!

Stickyfingers said...

No kidding, right? It's a lovely FO - but the process was a little off-putting. And (FYI) the pattern comes in sizes 6 mos - 8 . . . matching kid sweaters, anyone?? Hmmmm??

Alrischa said...

Post a picture of him being uncooperative, and call it Grumps :)

It's gorgeous, by the way, and makes my hands hurt to think about all those cables with cotton/silk!