I do knit a sweater from time to time…

Two, in fact.

Not that I just pulled these off in a few weeks. Both have been patiently waiting for quite awhile.

First up, Diminishing Ribs is done:
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Lessons learned form this sweater:

1. Being afraid of a sweater being too small will result in a sweater that is too big.

2. Knitting to get the gauge you want doesn’t necessarily result in the desired drape. (I should have gone down a needle size.)

3. Knitting and blocking a gauge swatch will not always result in a perfectly fitted sweater. Knowledge of your yarn is a must as well. In this case, 100% wool and I would have been fine. But this combo of alpaca, silk and merino resulted in a heavier sweater with less memory. Hence the growth in blocking and wearing, and a sweater that is too big.

4. I’m not as cleaver as I think I am. Adding two stitches to each front edge as to have enough room to add buttons onto something that already has plenty of stretch just results in a sweater that overlaps too much. Duh.

5. Taking a photo at this angle is just a bad idea, especially after having three babies, since I seem to look somewhat inflated.

6. A shawl pin can fix a lot.

7. Despite the one size too bigness of this sweater, I am still about 85% happy with it.

Secondly, the Child’s Tibetan Jacket is finally done! (Those cheeks!!)
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Poor Knittykid. This was meant to be his sweater. But summer came and I stuck it in the closet. Imagine my surprise when I pulled it out this fall (two years later!), nearly completed and just the right size for Spinner. He’s been living in it now that it’s finished.

Lessons learned from this sweater:

1. I really don’t like intarsia. Especially this much intarsia.
2. Putting a sweater away in the closet for while is not necessarily a bad thing.

Other excitement…mostly for the locals.

My part of Minneapolis has tended to be a bit of a void when it comes to fiber and textile supplies. I did always have a quilting shop close by, but that was it. I had a 15-20 minute drive for everything else. Then The Fiber Studio came, a mere five minute drive from my house. (She’s got Pigeon Roof now, BTW…)  I had quilting fabric and fiber at quick access, but that was it.

Now two more shops have opened up. Sewtropolis, a fabric and sewing studio that focuses more on clothing side of sewing,  and Steven Be, owned by the same guy who owns The Yarn Garage. Now I’ve got more fabric ten minutes from home and a huge yarn store just five minutes from my house. Yes, five minutes. I can walk there. Shocking, absolutely shocking.

So, for my local friends, two more places to check out when you’ve got the time. If you head to Steven Be’s, be sure to know that the entrance is around the back…it feels a little like a yarn speakeasy. I felt like I should have to say a password to get in. But once you go inside you’ll be welcomed and completely floored, it is probably one of the more beautiful yarn stores I’ve been in. Over at Sewtropolis, Nikol is warm and helpful. She’s got a great class list; I just signed up for the A-line skirt class yesterday.

Now, everyone wish me luck as I try to figure out my new toy this weekend!

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11 responses to “I do knit a sweater from time to time…

  1. Oh, dear, you have a yarn store you can walk to? Danger! Danger!

  2. I’ve heard of the Yarn Garage, but I’ve never been there. I’ll have to check out the one in your neighborhood. After the holidays. I had an expensive yarn accident at Needlework Unlimited last week and it will be a bit before I can make that up.

    Yarn speakeasy. Heh.

  3. Way to go, this is so pretty. I love the color. I would never take it off if I knit this myself.

    Those cheeks are pretty darn cute I must say. His sweater is too. I really like the buttons and colors you picked. Good eye.

  4. Two sweaters more than me, all I can say! Keep up the good work!

    Youngest Child at my house has a Lopi sweater – pattern and yarn – waiting to be knitted. I can only hope I didn’t buy the toddler sizes – he’s six now.

  5. Guinifer

    My Diminishing Ribs Cardi wound up too big as well, but it’s become my “bedtime” sweater. Thanks for the heads up about Steven Be – someplace I’m very interested in checking out!

  6. Ahhh, lessons learned while knitting. I’ve learned a few the hard way, too! Your finished knits look great, though, and those baby cheeks are the sweetest.
    Thanks for the heads-up on some new fiber stores in the neighborhood – I had no idea! Danger, danger!

  7. Beautiful sweaters 🙂 My nearest nice yarn shop is in London – far far away…

  8. Abbey

    I LOVE the sweater…

  9. These sweaters are great! I love the fastener on the green one, too. Both are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I used to blog daily and then took a break for a couple years and now just started this new one. I hope to get a lot more patterns posted. I’ll be bookmarking yours, love to see what new things people are working on. You’re in Mpls? I’m in NE Mpls!

  10. Thanks for the notes on Diminishing Ribs, it’s on my list of things to knit.

    I like yours, and Spinner’s sweater is just adorable.

  11. Shannon

    I *LOVE* it on you!!! I can’t wait to see it in person!

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