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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Hot For Teacher!

Yes - it's taken 9 months, but my new year's knit-o-lution to finish an adult sized sweater has been fulfilled! So sorry I've been gone from the blogosphere for so long - work calls, children call, and the siren song of yarn prevented me from logging on. I figured you dear readers will forgive my absence if I had a FO to share. I finished it last Sunday, but today provided the 1st opportunity for a natural lighting photo-op.

My 1st Adult Sized sweater is Hey, Teach! designed by Helene Rush for the Summer 2008 edition of Knitty. This was a fantastic project & I'm surprised how quickly (for me...) I finished it. I originally intended the sweater for me, but alas - it's a tad small - so, instant Christmas gift for my youngest sister! As soon as I finish up some other projects (another FO heading to the blogosphere very soon!!) I'm going to order more yarn & cast anew in a bigger size.

The Gory Details:

Pattern: Hey, Teach!

Needles: Knit Picks Size 8

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine, Worsted Weight. This is a cotton blend and is such a dream to work with!!!

Colorway: Mallard. (I might choose this color again for my sweater)

Modifications: Used a 3-needle bind off for the shoulders. Why anyone would bind off and then choose to sew the shoulders together is beyond me. Seaming is the kiss of death, so I avoid it like the plague! I think next time I'll also add a few rows in the ribbing and lengthen the sweater from 13" to perhaps 15".

The downside of a dark colored yarn - I needed a headlamp to find those little bars for the mattress stitch!

Well - I'm off to do a bit more finishing on another project. I promise not to stay away so long. Perhaps I'll write next using my new computer!



Mrs.Q said...

It's a lovely sweater! And the next time my husband mocks me for wearing a headlamp while knitting, I'm going to point him to this post!

Jill L said...

That's your first sweater -- it is lovely!

Naomi said...

Looks great! Love the photo of the head lamp! Too funny!

Pat said...

Beautiful cardigan - and thanks for the headlight idea!

tiennie said...

I love this sweater! It looks great on you!

Holly Jo said...

Love the head lamp. :) Too funny!

This is a great sweater. I hope your sister fully appreciates it. :)

Dude. Did Tiennie leave a comment on your blog? :)