2014: The Seven Year Stitch

Finished Objects, Sweaters

Swirl pulloverSorting projects, then packing them prior to moving reminded me just how long some have been languishing partly done. The sampler blanket I first started working on in 2007 remains two-thirds complete. Some of my mystery objects were given as gifts rather than being photographed and the patterns¬†written up as I’d originally planned.

One of the items I have finished is a swirl pullover. I first saw the pattern on ravelry. I was fascinated by the construction, and the different modifications people had made in their versions. After getting the pdf from patternfish I set to work figuring out my own alterations:

  • v-neck
  • closer fitting
  • sleeves knit in the round
  • add 2-3 inches to the length

Cue several months of *winding balls, knitting, staring at the pattern, staring at my calculations, knitting a bit more*. And repeat from *. My friends and the knitting group who saw me working on it at various stages thought I did more looking at the pattern than anything else!

I’m pretty pleased with the end result. It fits without being too baggy, skimming over curves and is perfect for spring through to early autumn. My version used around 800g of Rowan Summer Tweed, ‘sprig’ colorway.¬† Sprig is no longer available, but there are very similar shades and it’s now supplied in balls rather than skeins.

The impending move is a new beginning. It will encourage an healthier lifestyle (more walking) and I’m looking forward to spending more time with friends. I have a new job too, so there’s a lot happening!

Next time: I’ll share some photos of all the socks I’ve been making.