Well, I'm back from Sudan and want to go back. There's something amazing about the opportunity to be a small part in rebuilding a country from the ground up. I'll keep you all posted an the developments!
A long time ago, I started to design a sweater from scratch. I wanted a fitted, almost jacket like sweater that would be work appropriate and serve as a coat for those not so cold days in the autumn.
City Tweed is what I came up with!
Project: City Tweed (Surprise sweater)
Pattern: All Mine, from graph paper to sweater
Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran
Yardage: 8 balls (about 1400 yards)
Started: April 10, 2007
Finished: May 22, 2007
Yarn Source: Ebay
Needles: 4 and 4.5 mm (US 6 and 7)
Gauge: 4.75 stitches to the inch in stst
When I committed myself to this project, I thought it would be pretty straightforward. I mean, I've knit a lot of sweaters over the years. I've altered patterns until they barely resembled the picture and pattern I started with. Starting with two swatches, graph paper, and an idea was both a lot easier and harder than I thought it would be. To start with, you have even less of a guarantee than normal that the sweater will turn out okay. The body wasn't too hard, but I wasn't sure how to shape the neck, or the armholes. The caps of the sleeves terrified me. I re-knit the collar three times before it would sit the way I wanted it. By the time I finished the sweater and had sewn on the sleeves, I realized that the sleeves were to big and didn't work with the rest of the sweater. I pulled them out and started over.
In the end, after the hooks and eyes were sewn in and the sweater was done, I am pleased. It looks a lot like the idea I had, but translated into something I can actually wear, y'know when I need a heavy wool sweater again!
How about a couple more pictures?