eyelet sweater


I finished the sweater!

Here’s a blurry pic of me wearing it in my sister-in-law’s garden, a few days after the wedding:

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*sigh* My husband, I adore him, but he is not an awesome photographer. Anyway. As you can see, the wrap sweater became a regular ol’ cardigan, but it’s still my first “proper” cardi, so I’m very excited about it! (my REAL first one, which still needs to be photographed, is closed with a tie, not buttons)

Here it is “in action”, on the bridge overlooking the monastery beyond the Royal Mile in Edinburgh (about ten seconds from our fantastic flat; cheaper than a weeks’ hostel accommodation for four people, and eleven hundred times more comfy):

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me: Was that a good picture?

him: It sort of looks like you’re being mugged.

me: Well, how bout we —

him: No more time for blog pictures! We gotta go!

So that’s pretty much all I got of the sweater, except for some random holiday snaps that never seemed to turn out all that well. Most of them are kind of blurry, actually:

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Ah well. The good news is, I found some Real Irish Wool during our “honeymoon” in the southwest of Ireland!

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Lovely tweedy green, but it’s a bit scratchy for next-to-the-skin wear. I’m dreaming of a felted bag, maybe with a celtic-y knot-y thing intarsia’d on the flap. But that will have to wait a wee while, I’ve got another obsession or two on the go just now that need completing. But I’ll save them for another post, when (hopefully) I’ll have all the elements together at long (long!) last! Oh, surprises…

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It was pretty miserable here for a while this week (just ask the yarn harlot), so the pictures I have of my sweater-in-progress are appropriately moodily lit:

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I think the closeup looks like an alien landscape:

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The ridges are created by the eyelet flowers, and they flatten out entirely after blocking.

Now a confession: Since these pictures were taken, I’ve…I’ve frogged the whole thing. It was just the body anyway. I thought it was going to be big enough, and kept trying it on as I went, but when I finished the armholes and basted it together to try it on, it…just…wasn’t. But I don’t mind doing that sort of thing, honestly; I am very decidedly a process knitter, and I’ve never learned anything by doing it perfectly the first time. Luckily, this is a quick, interesting knit, so although I frogged the whole thing about a week ago, I’ve since finished the entire (bigger) body AND learned how to pick up stitches (for the sleeves and the wrap bits) AND figured out how to use short rows to make a sleeve in the round *without losing the lace pattern* AND almost finished an entire sleeve. I’m ignoring the mistake I made on the first sleeve (note to self: your actual armpit isn’t *necessarily* at the opposite point to the top of your shoulder. You’ve learned that before) and I’m just going to leave it for now. I’ll start the second sleeve with the lessons learned from the first one, and if it looks so much better I can’t believe they’re done by the same person, I’ll frog the first one and redo it. But to be honest, I found doing the short rows somewhat tortuous (&$!#@ stitches kept falling off the &$!#@ needles!!@11!!), although the process might be improved by getting some more dpns (on today’s To Do list).

Which doesn’t sound very process-y, does it? Well, this sweater has a bit of a deadline: we’re going to Scotland on Tuesday for a couple of weeks to attend my sister-in-law’s wedding and to have a bit of a mini-moon in Ireland! And having lived in Scotland, I know how nippy July can be; I need this sweater! I want to get to the mindless flat-knit ties before we get on the plane on Tuesday night, I don’t want to be fussing with short rows and dpns and the like all jetlagged and shit. So if I don’t update again for awhile, it’s because I’m having too much fun! Next pics of the sweater will hopefully have Edinburgh Castle in the background!!

See you all later!