are you sitting down?

anne wrote this mid-afternoon:

you know how sometimes someone talks about something often, but doesn’t really seem to make headway with it? they promise over and over that it’s almost done, almost resolved, almost there—if only we can hang on a little bit longer, we’ll see results.

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yeah, that would be me, knitting my sea pearl sweater. hmm, i was under the impression that this sweater has been on the needles for a good two years, but when i checked just now, my blog history tells me that actually, i cast on less than one year ago, around june 5th, 2013, right in the midst of our kitchen demo what the heck was i thinking??).

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talk about a long year—i can’t even remember the time before then . . .

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anyway, i worked very quickly through that first part—which is kind of hilarious because that is the very widest part of the sweater, encompassing the body and the sleeves at once. just goes to show you how powerful an effect the enthusiasm for a new project can have on momentum.

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by the 16th of june, i had already split the sleeve from the yoke to begin the body section, so i was rocking’ it for a while at least.

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by mid-july i had started the more complex patterning of the lower body and gaining slowly but steadily on it. i had also chosen a name by then—artus & anne—after a husband/wife team of craftsman potters.

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in early august it was looking a to more like a sweater and though it was going a bit slowly, it was still progressing.

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and a week later it was quite a bit longer!

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i seem to have weekly updates all the way through the late summer and early fall, in fact—near the end of september the body was off the needles and i had started a sleeve. i had also ordered buttons from moving mud

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why then, do i remember myself as such a slacker?

oh, right—because after that, i don’t know what happened but things slowed down a lot. i do remember that between renovations, training of new employees, and ambitious project deadlines, my concentration took a big hit. the quiet time needed for working on complex projects has been a gift, enjoyed only sporadically over the last half year.

all i know is that i halted at this spot some time in the late fall and stayed there til spring.

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the sleeves—especially that first one—were the death of me. sleeves knit in the round are my own personal second sock syndrome; i like to call it “sleeve island”. you know—where you’re stuck on a desert island with only your sleeves to knit and you feel like you’re never going to get off?

(curiously, knitting sleeves flat has exactly the opposite effect—i fly through those in mere hours, even the fine gauge ones; what do you suppose that’s all about?).

and suddenly it was mid march and i was pretty sick of myself procrastinating on this sweater project. i threw down the gauntlet at the feet of my loser self and dared her not to finish this sweater (she was teetering; i could see it!).

alright already—i’ll finish it.

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i completed sleeve one and started sleeve two right away. amazingly, they grew much faster when actual knitting was applied.

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once the april club deadline passed and my chapter was out, i was determined to finish it up.

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i know, it’s excruciating isn’t it? like watching a kid eat his lima beans one by one. i don’t think i’ve knit anything this slowly in a long time (ok, well you’re right—there was wasp and rose; that was another slow poke).

honestly, there were moments even last week, when it was almost done, that i felt myself getting distracted.

eventually i bound off the second sleeve and moved on to the neck and button bands, which are among my favorite parts to knit (probably because they signal the end).

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and then finally, finally, the other day i finished. OTN! can you believe it?

now the job of blocking and finishing was at hand—no small feat with a garment that is worked all in one piece. BTW, the following is not intended to be the final word in any way on the subject of blocking—there are many approaches and you should choose the ones that suit you. nor is this really a complete presentation of how i do it—for that, you might want to check out my workshop on blocking handknits, available in DVD from our online shop and in downloadable format from interweave press.

back to the job at hand . . . i could see that this particular sweater had several areas of concern, which could freak out someone who doesn’t have experience with openwork fabric.

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first, as with all sweaters, the fabric appears to be very uneven and doesn’t lay very nicely. this is caused by all the handling that our yarn and fabric is exposed to during construction. it literally gets out of joint over it, haha. blocking will coax the fibers back into their proper alignment so the yarn can regain its intended shape and drape.

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the openwork portions are lumpy, bumpy, and very contracted; again, blocking will allow the fabric to relax and open up so that the full beauty of the lace patterns is revealed and the final blocked measurements are achieved.

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the narrow neck and button bands don’t want to lie as flat or straight as i’d like, curling out in some places and waving back and forth in others.

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lightly steam pressing these areas before wet blocking will allow me to manipulate and tame these quirks in the fabric. i’ll show you what i mean in a second.

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last but not least is the almost horrifically misshapen sleeve, an effect due to the differential between the behavior of the lace fabric and that of the more relaxed eyelet fabric. i know none of you is doubtful at all that i will fix this, but if it happens to you when alone at home, be assured that you are the boss of this situation.

at this stage, do not let the appearance of the sweater allow you to lose momentum—rather, let this be the time to rise to the occasion and throw everything you’ve got at a fine, mad finish.

trust me, you’ll feel like a new person when you’re done.

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i finished my knitting on monday evening, so on tuesday morning i got up early and assembled my tools to get started with the blocking process. mind you, i had not yet tried on the sweater to see if it fit; i wanted to do a preliminary steam blocking to make sure i wasn’t feeling any false tightness, especially in the arms.

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i love steam blocking for the control it offers in the earliest stages of finishing, so the first thing i did was to pin out the neck to steam that back neck band flat.

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careful shaping and administration of  a good shot of steam produced the desired effect. on now to the button bands, which needed to be stretched slightly to the correct length and steamed flat.

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since the sweater is one big tube, i isolated the front closure by placing my sleeve board underneath to lift it away from the sweater back, then pin the button and buttonhole bands parallel to match in length and straightness.

along with my beloved tailor’s ham, my sleeve board is a go-to helper for blocking projects, especially for those knit in the round; you’ll see how it can be cleverly used to assist in even the trickiest blocking maneuvers.

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after steaming the button bands and allowing them to dry in place, i moved on to pinning out the lower body flat to the correct finished measurements. this did not require an intense about of stretching (and shouldn’t or it will likely not keep its shape), but i used pins to keep everything square while i applied the steam.

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i also want to retain the depth and definition in this intricate looking pattern, so i wouldn’t dare stretch it as far as it could go (and it would be far too large if i did).

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next, i flattened the upper torso and yoke of the sweater and steamed lightly through both layers without creasing anything. the fabric was starting to look really nice and silky, with a much more even surface.

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at this point i’m not looking for a completely final finish—that will be achieved by wet blocking later on. i just want to coax the garment into a more relaxed state that allows me to make sure nothing needs correcting.

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with that part done, it was time to tackle the sleeve and i will be the first to admit it looked like a daunting task—how the heck do you get that to open up without creasing it somehow?

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have i mentioned my sleeve board?? seriously, it’s my best friend right now.

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mine has two “arms”, one that is very tapered and skinny, one that is all one width and a bit wider. i pulled my sleeve over the wider board which was just the right size.

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i let the cuff hang off the end so it would get blocked out, but if you prefer a looser, non-gripping sleeve end, you could block it straight.

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just look at the difference after some steaming with a wet cloth .  . . wowie. still not relaxed out as much as it will go in the wet blocking, but enough to try it on and that’s all i need for now.

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ok, now i will give in, take a break, and try it on. i’m excited . . . and nervous.

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it fits! in fact, it fits perfectly, even though i was worried that the sleeves would be too long or that the armhole might be too low. it looks very feminine and the fabric in briar rose sea pearl feels absolutely dreamy. sorry about the dark photos; it was a very dreary day and the light was dim throughout.

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i took a few shots on the dress form but it fits differently  that on me. my form is bigger than i am because it was used in the fashion business to construct first samples in the standard sample size (which was a 10 at the time, with a 36-inch bust).

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i basted the front bands closed for easier handling of the wet garment later.

i had to take a break to get a few other things done, but after yoga class that evening, i came home and put my new sweater into a cool, soapy bath. i always wash hand dyed yarns in cool water so as not to encourage dye run.

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a big wet sweater can be an unwieldy thing to wrestle into submission, but as with all finishing work, patience will reward you with good results. i first laid out the garment face up and using the pattern schematic, pulled the fabric in both directions to the correct final measurements (this is what’s known as “shaping to size”).

then i set about shaping the sleeve on our left; you can see that shaping it makes it look a lot more like a real sleeve and not an eel. the right sleeve needs the same treatment.

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i give it a rigorous widthwise stretch from cut to underarm, then a good stretch lengthwise, followed by another widthwise shaping. after a few repeats like this, it starts to look like something meant for a human arm.

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yes, all of this takes some time, but it’s totally, totally worth it.

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not only in terms of it turning out the right size, but this treatment helps condition the fabric and bring its surface to a state of silky cohesiveness that contributes a beautiful drape to the final hand.

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it’s been a rainy, chilly week here and yet the heat doesn’t go on any more, so it took a while for this garment to dry. i turned it a couple of times throughout, taking the opportunity then to give it a shake and a stretch. this encourages the fiber to bloom and the yarn to become lofty again.

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finally it was time to dig out the buttons i had ordered several months back and begin sewing those on. they are little crystal balls with an inclusion of swirled stardust; SO pretty.

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my friend sarina from moving mud made them. i sent her a swatch knit in my project yarn and she designed the perfect ones. my button bands hold eleven buttons (i like my buttonholes placed fairly close for better closure), so keeping an eye on the final weight, i ordered the smallest size.

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i finished sewing them on last night but it was too late to get any nice photos. this morning, anastasia helped me out by taking a few pictures.

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i know—i look like i just rolled out of bed, sorry; i forgot to put lipstick or anything on. and my hair—well, that’s my hair.

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i love how this sweater fits and feels. it’s lovely against the skin. i know i’m going to wear this a ton, so we need to get a photo shoot done this week while it’s brand spanking new, haha.

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i’ve already sent the pattern off to tana for tech editing and sizing. it will probably be in production for the next month or six weeks, between tech editing, formatting, and test knitting. so it will be a nice summer project.i think i’m going to knit another in a new yarn we are working on here—more about that next time.

have a great weekend everyone; i hope you are someplace that’s getting warm, sunny weather (not like here, haha). stay tuned for sunday and tuesday posts coming up.

ivar

anne wrote this in the early afternoon:

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well, you saw it the other day as it progressed from a bunch of yarn cakes to a finished garment, each careful step following the last. and today you get to see it in motion—ivar, my new favorite sweater, knit in our stone soup fingering yarn, color slate.

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it is soooo light and airy, but cozy too—i was surprised how warm i felt inside it during the photo shoot the other day, which was sunny, but a cool, breezy 41 degrees.

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this is the tunic length cardigan version in a mashup of two sizes (because that’s usually what fits me best)—the third size for the body (where i like some extra room for layering) and the second size for everything above  the armholes (where i like it more tailored to my small shoulders).

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ivar is meant to have a casual, “boyfriend” fit that relies on the drape of the fabric for contouring rather than side seam shaping, with an ever-so-slightly off the shoulder sleeve cap (think golf cardigan).

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but i can totally visualize it with a shorter, tighter, sexy librarian fit too!

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our version of the pattern includes options for short or long length, pullover or cardigan styling, and male/female sizing. i plan to knit another right away as a hip-length pullover.

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i’ve been saying that i will knit the pullover in stone soup fingering yarn again, using one of the new shades we are expecting soon, but the more i think about it, the more i wonder if i should use breakfast blend fingering yarn instead? i haven’t really knit with that in a while and never a garment . . .
hmm, decisions, decisions.

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or maybe i’ll just go with the stone soup again—it really turned out so lovely and just what i wanted. i can’t decide!

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to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the ivar page in the knitspot pattern shop.

if you like the handsome look of this version and are thinking about buying our stone soup blend to knit it, click here to view the kit which david and sarah have put together—it includes the yarn in your choice of stone soup shades plus a free copy of our pattern.

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many, many thanks to my friend vanessa who speedily test knit the original version in brooklyn tweed loft for its inclusion in wool people 7, where i am honored and grateful to be represented. jared, bristol, leila, and all the staff at brooklyn tweed are a complete pleasure to work with—not to mention the beautiful yarns they make!

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and last but not at ALL least, thank you david, for once again making me look much MUCH better than i really do, haha.

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back in stock!

anne wrote this in the wee hours:

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earlier this year we released bay leaf and lime as a limited edition kit, which proved so popular that it was sold out within a day, no doubt due to the brilliant work of dyer rita pettys of yarn hollow. her special-just-for-us colorway—lime rickie—was an instant hit.

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well, i can hardly believe it but our three-month exclusivity period has passed and the pattern is now available in both the knitspot pattern shop and our ravelry pattern shop. you can read more about the design evolution and the see lots more photos by viewing the original blog post, which reveals a most unexpected side of our sweet friend helena.

we’ve had so many emails in the past few months asking if the lime rickie yarn would ever become available again, that we decided to bring it back for the pattern release, in a reissue of the original kit, which includes yarn and pattern. click here to view more information or to purchase the kit.

now, the fun with this project really hit its stride once our ravelry KAL got underway; not only did participants enjoy working with this luscious yarn, but the knitting was loads of fun too. click here to see some of their beautiful results. knitspot KALs are a bit different; we don’t set any time limits so many of them have been underway for years, haha. we like them to be easy going knit groups where you can pop in or out whenever you work on the featured project (or just to chat if you prefer). this allows participants to knit at their own speed or to work on multiple version if they like; it’s a win-win and i hope you will consider joining in. many of the original knitters are working on their second or third B&L, so you won’t at all be left out—just fashionably late.

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in other news, our own version of the ivar sweater pattern will be ready to go tomorrow—check in here in the early afternoon (EST) to see our photo shoot and purchase the pattern if you desire the knitspot publication. it will include options for short/long versions, a pullover style, and men’s sizing along with women’s—please note that, by agreement, we will not be able to sell this version on ravelry nor place it in anyone’s ravelry library, but if you like options, this might be a good choice for you.

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meanwhile, spring is slo-o-owly springing, kind of like a creaky old man getting up from his cozy chair—so reluctant that forced ejection is needed.

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this has made the spring racing season interesting indeed. two weeks ago i ran a half marathon roasting  in shorts and a tank under a blazing sun and today for the hall of fame marathon, i bundled up; the temperature was once again in the 30s at start time. and i wasn’t sorry; when i crossed the finish line i still had every stitch on and was all zipped up too; the temperature had only risen a degree or two, despite the sun.

this was the largest field i have run in yet, which was an interesting experience. actually, it was a great experience; really organized and well-run. once we were out on the course (which was completely closed to cars the whole way)i never felt like i was squeezed for space, even though i ran amidst a pretty dense group most of the time. i think there were a lot more people running at “my” pace and that kept it flowing well.

david was on hand for the start to take some nice photos as the sun came up. i was excited to run, but experiencing a bit of um, stomach distress, probably due to having to eat WAY earlier than i am used to.

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he got a great shot of me coming out of the start gate; i was surprised to be assigned to the B corral, based on my previous race times and my estimate of my finish time. it was further toward the front that i expected, so i placed myself near the back of my corral, out of the way of faster runners.

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this proved wise; at the finish i saw a lot of the same people i had started with.

the first few miles were a bit rough and i  had to make a pit stop at mile four that cost me about five minutes, but after that i felt much better and the course was a good one for a long race.

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i ended up with a pretty good time considering the delay. the clock time is adjusted when they subtract the time it took me to cross the start line from my position in the lineup—about three minutes. in fact, my actual running time was my best effort yet in a longer race and i ran most of my miles in under nine minutes (good for me!). as usual, the last two miles were the slowest, but still improved.

still, i was really glad to cross that finish line and get back into the warm car where david was waiting. seriously, i don’t know how people run a whole marathon. i actually thought about that when i crossed—the idea that i might continue on to run the same distance in addition to what i just ran made me cringe. i don’t know if i’ll ever be able to do it (however, a friend of mine just ran boston at the age of 67, so you never know).

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after the race and a nice long soaking bath, the day had warmed a little (but just a little), so i took a turn around the yarn in order to get a few pics for the blog. everyone has been asking about our yard and garden and the truth is, it’s all just starting to come to life. these hostas on the south side of the house are the biggest plants we have right now.

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the big guys in back are WAY behind them, just beginning to poke out of the ground. i haven’t see any fiddleheads yet and no may apple sprouts either. of course, it’s not may just yet, but usually we are seeing at least a nubbin or two by now. the ground is still cold though, so i don’t blame them much.

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lily of the valley are springing up and many of them even have buds. soon they will open their leaves to form a nice carpet across the back yard. looks like we’re going to have some warmer temperatures and some much needed rain as well, later in the week. hope springs eternal . . .

we’ve had precious few tulips so far, but the ones we have are very pretty; tomorrow i’ll pick a bunch for our table to enjoy during knitting classes this week. and there are buds all over the apple tree too; though my photos all came out blurry. i’ll have t get more later in the week to show you.

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last week a gigantic box arrived via UPS and the other night david unpacked it—a new wheelbarrow, which he proceeded to our together. don’t you just love a man who reads the instruction sheet?

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with it, he has been taking dark, velvety dirt from the bottom of our big compost pit and spreading it over the vegetable patch, which has been mulching down form the last garden we had two years ago. once he can till it all under, we’ll be ready to plant; hopefully some time around mother’s day for the early stuff and a bit later for the more delicate plants (i have feeling we’ll see some very late frost this year).

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after my tour of the garden, i was pretty beat—i settled in with some knitting on my arts and anne cardigan and finished listening to the audiobook i’ve been reading. by 5 pm i was in need of  amp, so i headed for bed. wow, nothing felt so good as that sleep!

and that brings me to the end of my post for today—i’ll be back tomorrow with photos of ivar and to list the pattern in the shop; stay tuned!

when old becomes new again

anne wrote this mid-afternoon:

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i used to have this sweater that i wore ALL the time—that kind of pullover that you grab most often because it is the right weight and level of softness for almost every day use. i knit it for myself many years ago while living temporarily in nashville, with sock yarn that i purchased on vacation in ithaca, NY. all of my new york sweaters were far too heavy for the climate down south, but i needed something for chilly weather.

using measurements from a thin store-bought sweater that fit pretty well and the data from some swatches i made, i did some calculations and cast on for a simple pullover with vertical textured panels to add a retro look (this was the early 90s; thrifting was big). what i remember about this sweater is that the yarn was rather limp and not as good quality as i would have liked; our choices weren’t as great back then, but its alpaca content gave me hope that it might be better. it felt like it took forever to knit, although nowadays i knit this sort of thing with thinner yarn all the time, not giving it a second thought (that said, it’s a real thrill to knit up a sweater in a few days with big fat yarn, haha!).

the other thing i remember about this sweater is that i finally learned to seam properly while finishing it. i was taking a course about teaching techniques and discovered the mattress stitch, something i had not learned from my grandma, who never made sweaters.

while taking this course and finishing this sweater, another momentous event occurred—i met my dear friend heather, another lifelong knitter and avid reader; haha, in my mind she will be forever linked to seaming. neither of us had made friends easily in nashville, nor knew anyone else who knit, so we practically fell into each other’s arms, haha. we became fast friends and from then on, met at least once a week to knit and watch a good movie or talk about books.

mind you, this all happened over twenty years ago—isn’t it amazing that the memories we attach to our knitting projects and finished pieces can be so indelible?

as you can see in the above photo, i wore that sweater so often that the fabric began to thin and wear completely away.

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holes opened up in places that were not even stressed by wear—and not moth damage either; the fibers just disappeared (this is a phenomenon i have noticed in other garments knit from superwash yarn, so i suspect that the stress of that process on the fiber has something to do with it).

i began to look around for  yarn to knit a copy; fortunately, i had taken copious notes when i knit the original and had the handwritten pattern filed with others from that period.

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messy, but useful nonetheless. the bigger concern was finding the right yarn, one that would create a fabric of similar weight and density, but one i would enjoy knitting with as well. superwash yarns have the right softness and drape, but i had become wary about using them for garments, as they did not seem to hold their shape or wear awfully well. and many other fingering yarns i liked had too much twist, making them heavier than i desired.

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i used some handspun alpaca yarn to knit a similar garment, but it turned out heavy also. it’s a sweater that i wear a lot and and some day soon i will write a pattern for it, too—but it’s not like the original.

i put this project aside to work other ideas while i mulled over the yarn situation. periodically i would think of it, wishing i had just that weight of sweater to wear. when i got the call for submissions for  wool people 7, i hemmed and hawed about what to submit. i know their aesthetic is very simple, but i have a deep-running insecurity that somehow, simple isn’t good enough or designerly enough. crazy, i know, but  there are just enough critics out there to perpetuate this kind of self doubt. i let the submission deadline pass, thinking i just didn’t have anything to contribute.

about two weeks later, i got a note from jared, asking if i had anything i was mulling over that might be right for WP7. as it happened, after letting the deadline slip by, i struck on the idea of doing my pullover in brooklyn tweed LOFT—i had some on hand and finally realized that it might be just the right yarn for my sweater; in fact a bit better than the original yarn because it had more body without weight. i was kicking myself that i hadn’t thought of it earlier, in time to submit as a possible WP project.

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i knit up some swatches in LOFT left over from my wheaten design, to be sure it would work and outlined the idea for him. he accepted it and we were on our way; i gave him vanessa’s contact information so they could send yarn for her test knit.

of course i would knit a prototype too, but didn’t want to ask for more yarn for myself.

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i got thinking about it and realized that one of my favorite samples and a perpetual favorite with customers in our popup shops, is our wheaten wrap—another BT favorite which is knit in stone soup fingering yarn, an almost perfect substitute for the BT LOFT.

we also had a test batch of shetland fingering yarn that i swatched

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which was lovely, but so far, we have not been able to get enough of the fiber to go into production (grr). just about that time, we got our second round of stone soup colors from the mill and it was decided—i would knit the long cardigan in stone soup slate while vanessa knit the official WP7 sample in brooklyn tweed LOFT colorway, faded quilt.

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well of course she was done far ahead of me—i was working in fits and starts on mine, wedging it in between other projects, deadlines, and travel. finally, as the release date neared, i realized i had better get a move on and surprisingly, the knitting fairly zoomed along, once i made it a priority. i knit both fronts during my trip to san diego at the end of january; one on the plane out there and one on the plane back.

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then i had to put it aside to work on some club projects. i began to show teasers in march, when i was putting the final rows on that second front. i cast on the back and knit the whole thing on my trip to the west coast for kim’s wedding. i knit half a sleeve while kade and i watched movies on a blustery morning of tropical downpours.

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i figured it wouldn’t hurt to show you my stack of pieces because they were unrecognizable as a garment. once i was home and had caught up, i worked both sleeves in the space of a week and the knitting was complete.

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by  monday i was blocking and knitting on the button and neck bands.

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things progress quickly from here if one can concentrate, so i hid in my study for a couple of days and told everyone to leave me alone. i listened to audiobooks while i stitched, stopping only to steam press the seams in between each step.

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ok, well, maybe i took a minute or two to admire the results—can you blame me?

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more pressing after the sleeve caps got stitched to the armscyes—you can begin to see what lovely drape this fabric has. sarah really likes the tweedy effect in the darker shades; every time i look at it i hear her say, i LUV those speckles.

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this one was taken just before i stitched the underarm and side seams; it almost looks like a sweater now!

which meant that it was time to look at buttons.

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we had too many choices and all on hand in the quantities i needed—time to call in the reinforcements. haha, except sarah is as indecisive as i am. we finally eliminated the second ones from the right.

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i loved these vintage glass ones from germany—way cool and they pulled out brown tones form the fabric that you wouldn’t otherwise see, necessarily.

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then there were these awesome dark shell buttons, which i loved not only for their amazing colorations, but because they are so shiny; they make a nice feature against the matte tweed fabric.

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and these horn ones are spectacular, too—in fact, i was convinced that these were the ones.

we decided to think about it while i finished the sweater gave it a nice hot, soapy bath. i basted the button bands closed to help the garment keep its shape throughout.

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i soaked it once in very hot sudsy water with my favorite wool soap. after letting the oils and dust lift off and the water became cool, i squeezed it out, rinsed it, and then put it in the hand wash cycle with some other woolens for a second wash and a good spinout.

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afterward, i reshaped it and laid it flat to dry; the heat was on that night so i made sure to flip and reshape it every hour or so and it dried in a few hours.

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i threw it on in the morning over my sweats; i was so anxious to see how it fit and if it felt like my old sweater, the way i hoped. it DID and the fabric looked great, so smooth! sarah snapped a few photos which don’t really do it justice, but we were excited.

ok, now to return to the question of the buttons . . .

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by his time we had eliminated the glass buttons because we thought they might be too heavy. i laid out the horn buttons on the sweater so we could get a good look

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and then did the same for the shell buttons.

wow, it was a tough choice, but we both decided the shell buttons won out—they provided a nice contrast in both color and lustre and after doing a bit of research, we found that we can supply these as an add-on for the sweater kit for a fairly small additional cost.

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yes, i love them; i think we made the right choice. and i love the cardigan; it is everything i had hoped it would be. david managed to get some nice photos of me wearing my ivar while the weather was so fine yesterday; we’ll show you those when our pattern is all set for release (any moment now).

you can purchase ivar now on ravelry from brooklyn tweed OR wait just a bit for our own version, which should be ready in the next day or so.

the knitspot version will have options for short and long lengths, as well as pullover and cardigan styles, with sizing for both men and women from XS to 6X (due to our agreement with brooklyn tweed, this version will not be available in our ravelry patten shop). david has put together a kit as well; the pattern will be free with it so if you think this yarn is for you, it’s a nice bonus.

ok, now; i’m off to wait to hear form our proofreader ronni; as soon as she gives me the green light, i’ll get the pattern up so we can all start knitting!