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October 2010



October O W L S

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Finally done!

Owls Sweater

The Sainted Husband (TSH) took the photos in the failing light. I was actually home sick today, but feeling better round about the time it was getting on toward evening, so we headed outside to see if we could get a couple of shots so I could have something to tell you about. 😉

Owls Sweater

This isn’t perfect; as is typical for me, despite several froggings and rippings, there are still things I would do differently if I knit this over again. For starters, I’m not happy with the fit under the arms. Although I did add bust shaping, I didn’t do it as well as I should have, and so it’s a bit wonky throughout the whole bustal/armpit area.

Still, I have a sweater! A wearable one! WITH OWLS ON IT. And they have eyes! Button ones!

Owls Sweater

Beware the evil red-eyed owls, though. I hear they’re tricksy.

Owls Sweater

I confess that because I am pretty uncomfortable with the shape of my body right now, it’s tough for me to post pics that show me full-length. They make me cringe, to be honest. But I know I can’t be the only one who loves seeing images of other knitters’ work on bodies of every shape and size, so here the pics are. 🙂

Project: Owls Sweater by Kate Davies

Yarn: Cascade Eco+ wool in navy blue, three skeins; my own handspun for contrast trim, spun from a batt by Dyak Craft/Grafton Fibers in “Vermont Mud” colorway.

Needles: US 8 and US 10 Addi Turbo Circulars

Notes: Using my own handspun in a sweater for myself was a really cool feeling; I’ve made a pair of mitts from my handspun before but that’s been about the only thing; most of the time it just sits around and gets petted. When friends with whom I am attending Rhinebeck declared blue to be our house colors for the event, I knew precisely what I wanted to make. Still, as said above, I added bust shaping to the pattern and I did not do it as well as I might have. It’s possible that I will end up doing some mega-surgery on this by detaching the body of the sweater from the yoke, adjusting the bust shaping and extending the length. But anybody familiar with me and my musings knows how likely this is to happen. 🙂 I wanted the sweater to be fitted, and wowsers, it’s fitted. 🙂 It isn’t actually tight or binding anywhere, but it is definitely figure-skimming, and given the aforementioned body issues, this sometimes makes me uncomfortable. But I will wear it to Rhinebeck and it’s the perfect weight sweater for a crisp, rainy fall day, so I think it will get plenty of wear. After only two days’ wearing, though (I wore it to work once before putting on the button eyes), the yarn is pilling, which is a bit annoying but something I can deal with.

In other knitting news, I’m two rows away from completing Lady Eleanor at long last, and I’ve got a sleeve swatch going for the Fitted February sweater. Because I’m out of my gourd, I am also tossing around the idea of trying to finish some socks or mitts before Rhinebeck, too.

What’s on your current project list?

I’ve also begun a new blogging venture with my friend whose name is also Liz, Miss Lizzy B. Check us out over at LizSquared!



July 2010



o w l s

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Bandwagoning, anyone?

A visit from my knitting friend from Philly over the 4th of July weekend has again ignited my Will to Knit, and I picked up my in-progress owls sweater with a renewed interest. I am supposed to be going to Rhinebeck for the first time with this friend and her Philly knitting posse, into which I have been inexplicably accepted by way of their Ravelry boards. (Thanks, y’all, for being so welcoming!) The House Color for said Rhinebeck jaunt has been decreed to be Blue, and thus, o w l s in navy blue Cascade Eco+ Wool, with some handspun as contrast trim because it matched.

In Which:

There is actual *shaping* in this sweater, something I have never before incorporated into my knitting . I added short rows for my (ridiculous, really) bust size of F, in addition to the shaping included in the pattern itself, which is free on Ravelry. To add the bust shaping, I loosely followed a tutorial on Knitty, which in turn uses White Lies Designs’ Shapely Tank pattern. My gauge for this thing is pretty wonky, though, so I’m doing kind of a lot of wingin’ it.

I am about 7 rows from putting the body on some scrap yarn and beginning the sleeves, and herein lies one of my two primary debates — I really love the handspun I am using for contrast on this sweater, and I haven’t got enough handspun for any kind of big project. There is just enough to use for edging on the hem, neck, and sleeve cuffs, and if I wanted to cardiganize this, I would have enough to do that, too, I believe. The questions, then, are: 1) to cardigan or not to cardigan? and 2), short sleeves, three-quarter sleeves (where I am presently leaning) or the long sleeves the pattern is written to include? Please do weigh in on the comments, as I need to decide soon and am torn multiple directions for this decision. My Libran Self requires every outside opinion possible as data before making a decision! 🙂

Handspun contrast in question:

My favorite part of this so far, other than the fact that I think this particular yarn + gauge combination makes my hands and brain happier than any other, is the shaping.

But that’s before I get to start cabling in the owls. 🙂