Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Knits in Action

Pattern: Thermal, Sz 34”

Materials: Henry’s Attic Kona Superwash Fingering Yarn (8 oz), Sz 1 for body and body ribbing, Sz 0 for sleeves and sleeve ribbing, Rit Dye Royal Blue and Black

Notes: This has been such a long knit that I don’t even know if I can recall any details. I started swatching for this project using the recommended needle sizes, but decided that the resulting fabric was too loosey-goosey for my liking. Using Sz 1’s, I managed to obtain row gauge and decided that I’ll just knit the 34” size to result in a tighter-fitting sweater. From the original pattern, it appeared that the sleeves were loose. What I wanted was a three-quarter length sweater that is fitted all over, so I decided to use Sz 0’s. In the end, it worked out marvelously and I have a new favorite sweater…. But not without some drama.

Enter drama….

I panicked and thought that I would run out of yarn.

Initially, I envisioned this to be a cream-colored sweater. I posted on KnittersReview to see if anyone had yarn to spare, and a kind knitter sent me 3 oz extra out of the kindness of her heart (Knitters are just cool like that). It was a different shade. I bought an extra skein of yarn, only to find that it is a smidge darker too. What I had was a sweater that had two shades of cream in it.

So I dyed it. Charcoal Grey. And you know what? I love it.

P.S. Yes, I know. I am still missing two buttons. But who cares? I wore it to work today.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is simply "redicurously" hot. Love the color. Fit ya like a glove.

1:55 PM  
Blogger cori said...

it's beautiful! after this i'm actually contemplating making it (i have a 1 year old daughter, there is no way i can knit a fingering weight sweater right now! but i'm still thinking about it...). i like it without the buttons, very pretty! great job!!!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Jennie said...

oh my goodness! It is gorgeous!! And I can not believe you knit it up on US1,that must have been some time and lots of love for the project. It is amazing! Great idea to dye it charcoal gray.

2:41 PM  
Blogger yaiAnn said...

SCORE! That's like the best sweater ever. Now I really want one.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

It looks great! I'm really loving dark grey lately, after a long time of abstinence.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Cindra said...

I like the color much more than the cream. I also love the way you posted the photo... that's awesome!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Agnes said...

I think the new dyed colour is very beautiful! The sweater fits very well too ... great job!

4:20 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

excellent! I love that charcoal grey color. glad you found a way to salvage it.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous li said...

that is so stinkin' fabulous. i can't believe you knit all that sweater on size 1's and 0's. GAH! i love the why you're wearing it though. great dye job too.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous kim said...

That is amazing! SIZE ONE?!?! That is a truly gorgeous sweater, it looks perfect on you.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Luni said...

That is just wonderful. really. I am so impressed. And inspired.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Mozilla said...

wow!!! That is a gorgeous sweater. I am in awe at how you knit an entire sweater on 1's!!!! You go!! I like it much better in the gray too. Great job

9:22 PM  
Blogger jacqueline said...

omg winnie...that is freaking gorgeous! i hadn't seriously considered this sweater until i saw your version....but now i love it!

well done!!

3:18 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

oh damn, that is beautiful! anytime you feel like making one for me, just let me know ;-)

3:50 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

a sweater on size 1's - now that is dedication!!! It is amazing!

5:33 AM  
Blogger evergreenknits said...

I can't imagine the adrenaline you must have felt when, after spending backbreaking hour knitting on teeny tiny needles, you had to plunge it into the dyebath! It turned out fabulously.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Kim U said...

I saw your sweater pictures on flickr, so I came over here to see what yarn you used. Wow! I love that grey color, how awesome that you were able to fix the color problem like that. It looks great on you, and the color is really great. Thermal has been on my "to knit" list for a while, but knitting a sweater on #1's is a little intimidating :)

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Ann said...

It's gorgeous! I love the length of the sleeves and the neckline (even if buttons are still missing). I wasn't crazy about this pattern when it first came out, but I have to say, yours and a couple others I've seen are changing my mind. Love it!!

7:43 AM  
Blogger E to the M said...


8:47 AM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

It looks fantastic -- and I love the grey!

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

I can't believe, after you said you used Size 1 needles, that I'm actually contemplating making it. It is that fabulous. And the grey? Well, it's the hot color for fall. I'm fairly new to your blog and I love it!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Bobby G said...

Far and away the best sweater I have seen in a long time. You are a brave and patient soul to use Sz 1 needles for this. Can't wait to see your next FO!

2:07 PM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

Damn, girl, that photo is hot. You look great in your grey Thermal! I love all the steps you took to get there, even it if was drama at the time.

9:31 PM  
Blogger loopylulu said...

Your sweater looks so good on you. I like the twist you made to the pattern. It's very flattering.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Philippe Michel Denis Marie Bocciarelli Di Narni said...

Holala!!!!Sacrebleu!!!!!!C'est magnifique! La couleur est sensationelle! ça te va comme un gant!

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Martha said...

Well done! I like what you did with the sleeves. Good job!

11:38 PM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

I love it too - good call on the dye job - that charcoal-y color is perfect.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Bertha said...

The charcoal color is gorgeous. I think is came out great. Fabulous job!

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Fergie said...

It is absolutely fabulous. Where can I find the pattern?

6:52 PM  
Blogger Moni said...

I LOVE it! I really like how you are wearing it: with the white button-down shirt. The color is fab, too!

7:04 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

bravo! this pattern didn't appeal to me, but after seeing this -- i want one! looks really versatile.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Holy cow. It looks amazing on you. This might just have to go on my queue. Great job.

4:36 PM  
Blogger sturdygirl said...

your sweater turned out beautifully. at that gauge i bet that garment will last you forever!

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Jóhanna said...

I love it!! And it looks much better in that dark colour!!!

7:04 AM  
Blogger Team Knit ! said...

It's gorgeous! I'm currently knitting Thermal as well, but I'm kicking myself for choosing blue when your grey one is so fetching, even though it didn't start out grey!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

Wow, it's so cute! Perfect fit!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Jeri said...

Very nice thermal. But the link is broken. It's like a combo of your blog url and knitty's.

5:15 AM  
Blogger Bellydancingknitter said...

VERY impressed... I am now seriously considering this as next knitted project. The fit is really wonderful, and it goes really well with the teal pocketbook

9:45 PM  

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