Thursday, February 23, 2006


This was a quick knit, and I sewed it up last night (staying up past my bedtime, of course--witness the ends hanging out). It came out like I expected, but I have my reservations about the finished sweater. I like it, but I don't like it. I'm hoping it grows on me, and I think it will. If it doesn't, I'll just frog it and knit something else.

I apologize for the dark photos. Dustin took one with a flash, and it was just scary. My face glowed. Believe me, it's better this way.

Pattern by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, Noro Book 2
Yarn is Noro Silk Garden, Color 208, 10 skeins
I made the 42" size.

It turned out how I expected, but I'm not sure about the fit. It feels a little too flower child for me. I love the colors, and I really don't mind that the stripes don't match. I think this pattern does a good job of highlighting Noro's "handmade" feel (and turning it into a positive, not a negative). Part of it, I believe, is that I really liked this sweater from the beginning, and it isn't as amazing as I'd pictured it in my head.

I'm anxious to hear your thoughts, though! And, please, constructive criticism is always welcome!

In other news, Karen and Tamara came over with their 5 year old sons to try out the wheel on Sunday. The first time at the wheel is always frustrating, but they did a great job and just need some more practice! Hopefully, Karen will post photos of their first skein!

After some problems with the border, Kiri should be finished this weekend. I have some thoughts on that project and lace knitting, as well, that I'll include in that post.


LaBean said...

Hey Val!! Klara looks great!! I wish I could spring for that much Noro. The front point is a little high but I think that's just the way the pattern makes it. We had a ball at your house with the wheel. I don't know whether to save up for one or for Rhinebeck. If I do Rhinebeck though I'd have to stay up there in a hotel. Yeah, I wanna see K's skein too!

Laura said...

I think it looks great! Because the stripes are so random I didn't even notice the mismatched stripes. The colors look great on you.

(I don't know if it's the sweater, but you are not at all as I pictured you. I saw you as ultra-sophisticated, toothpick-thin with straight hair pulled back into a bun and angular features. I guess that's my image of a stereotypical NYC lawyer. But hey, Monkee is not at all as I initally pictured her either. I guess I'm bad at imagining the appearance of online friends.)

Areli said...

Very cute, it turned out really well. I like the colors in your silk garden.

Donna said...

I love it! It looks great on you.

I haven't had a chance to cast on yet for my Klara.

helen said...

it looks great, Val. and yeah. i know what you mean. but handmade is a good connotation, whereas homemade is usually bad, haha

Valerie said...

Thanks for the kind comments! Laura, I'm mystified. We must discuss this more!

zib said...

It looks verrrrrrry nice on you. Okay so you might not be so flower childesque, still makes one lovely disguise ;) Dig those colors!

weaselrina said...

I love it! Its not singing flowerchild to me at all!

Rach said...

just another comment admiring your klaralund! it looks very nice, well done :)