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The Moment You've Been Waiting For

Ta-Daaaaaaaah:

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Yes, I'm mostly happy. Actually, that's an understatement. I'm quite thrilled. The fit could be improved slightly (just slightly) in two areas: the waist shaping and the waist hem. I think I'll move the waist increases about two inches higher in the final version of the pattern. I'm not sure how to address that little flair at the waist. Maybe I need to move the waist decreases higher as well.

For the first time, however, the armhole fit is absolutely perfect. No complaints there! It's fitted just right and it doesn't pucker a bit. Although, from reading Silvia yesterday, I wonder if the sweater is too fitted for this year's "look."

A closeup of those bell sleeves (slightly cropped, so that they don't snag on anything):

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As you know, the sweater is my own design, and there's a pattern. I won't, however, give you the pattern today. The pattern is ready to go, but I want it to sit for a few days so that I can return to it with fresh eyes for one last proofread and I want to see if a few days of wear will offer other insights into other possible improvements.

Looks like I'm all dressed for the Team Boston par-tay today. Hope to see lots of my teammates there!

Look What I Did!

Every good pattern needs a schematic.

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My Adobe Illustrator skills put the "rust" in rusty. Okay, that's not accurate. Rusty implies that they once were good, whereas my abilities with Illustrator have never gone beyond the most basic of tasks.

This took me about an hour, an hour without swearing or computer throwing. Not bad, in my book. Next up: adding text.

Dry Time

The Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed feels loftier and squishier than typical wool yarn. I wonder if somehow the spin or fiber composition of this yarn holds less water than 100-percent wool worsted-weight yarn.

I'm accustomed to sweater pieces taking at least three days to dry on my blocking board. Even my tiny felted hat, which I put over a warm radiator, took two days to dry fully.

I'm almost sure that these pieces will dry in less time. As I was squeezing water out of the pieces after their bath, I could feel that the water came out very easily. While my sweaters usually feel almost saturated when I lay them out, the Subway Sweater felt slightly more than damp.

This might mean that I can stretch the seaming over a few days, rather than one long eye-straining session. I love seaming (no really, I do) but I cannot do it in long stretches without wishing I were somewhere (or someone) else.

Live from the Blocking Board

Here's an action shot of the Subway Sweater blocking:

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Exciting, isn't it? I'm surprised that I was able to finish the knitting in about 10 days. Maybe it was the gauge (3.75sts/in), or maybe you really do knit faster with Addi Turbos.

Or, it could have been that I had two weekends with very little planned except knitting, and one of those weekends was three days. [Note to self: get life.] Each of these ten days I knit a lot but for five of them I was able to knit a whole lot. So, it begs the question: Did I enjoy the process?

Yes, and no. I did not enjoy the self-imposed pressure of finishing a sweater in 16 days. I did, however, enjoy the entire process, of which the knitting was just a tiny part. I rethought my pattern, resized it, and knit a sample sweater. It had been on my mind for a while, and I had the yarn. The Knitting Olympics provided the motivation. My challenge was to see if I could do it (and, since no one has actually knit any of the other sizes, I have no idea if I achieved my goal).

And then there was the whole idea of participating-in-something-big. Yeah, that was pretty cool.

Besides the pattern I had another (purely selfish) goal to create a custom sweater pattern for me. [Me! Me! ME! Bwah-ha-ha!] Now, I can modify the pattern to include any details I see in other designs, without the final fit being a mystery.

What Have We Here?

Assuming that I snuck in a sleeve last week, while no one was looking, do you know what this is?

AllFour.jpg

Yeah, it's the four pieces of the Subway Sweater: back, front, and two sleeves.

Remaining are blocking and seaming.

That's all for now. We'll see you next on the blocking board!


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