Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What's Up?

So I was going to re-create this sweater.

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I know! So cute. Admit it, you want one too!

But there is no actual pattern, just guidelines. Wasn't I recently moaning about the need to just sit and knit a pattern where someone else has done the math? I guess if the sweater is fabulous enough I'll pull out my calculator in the name of fashion. I needed a plan. I like having a plan, little directions I can check off as I acomplish each mini-goal.

My plan looked like this:

a) figure out the raglan shaping in a way that actually fits my body

b) re-create the puffed sleeves using the just vague enough to be specific instructions

c) steek my sweater without it falling apart

d) dye the finished sweater any color besides cream without felting finished sweater (because the idea of me wearing a delicate cream colored sweater is laughable).

e) find buttons for yet another cardigan

Let's see how I'm doing

a) raglan shape

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Check!

b) recreate sleeve puff

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Check!

c) Cut scary steek

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Check! (Yes, I cut the steeks before I knit the sleeves, but it doesn't matter. The plan was a guideline, not a royal edict.)

d) dye but don't felt

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Check! and Check! (because I had to dye it twice) (And you didn't think I was going to show everything before the final unveiling did you? Geesh. A girl's gotta keep some secrets.)

e) Operation Closure

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Not yet. Although I'm kinda grooving on the star buttons. Shame they're the wrong size and color.

Dang it! When will I learn and stop knitting cardigans? Buttons are the bane of my existence.

In the mean time, while the search for buttons continues, I'm knitting another puffed sleeve sweater

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For Bird.

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Cause she wanted one "just like Mommy's."

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Makes your heart melt just a little bit doesn't it.

7 comments:

passingdowncrazy said...

I'm "dyeing" to see what color it is! It does look like a winner.

Chrisknits said...

Lovely sentiment from the daughter. Wish one of mine would be like that. But I guess at 11 and 14 they don't want anything to be like mom's! Can't wait to see the color it became.

Kaye said...

Can't wait to see the color and closures!

Man, I think you may have just ticked off one of the big reasons I wish we had a girl--boys never want to look like mommy!

shiguy4076 said...

gorgeous sweater. you are amazing. I don't even know what steeking is. I looks scary.
Bird needs a squishy hug because she is so adorable.

eSSKnits said...

Lovely sweater. Did you use the crochet chain or a sewing machine for your steek?

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