Rusted Root was in fact all finished in time before Thanksgiving, as planned. In fact, I finished it on Sunday night (or Monday morning, if you’d rather call it that). But I didn’t really take the completely finished and worn garment until… today. So here goes:
- I used Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple which I really liked. Thank you Tania for picking that out for me. And I really enjoyed using the yarn. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about knitting a whole garment with cotton, but surprisingly it was not terribly bad to knit with and it feels pretty fine to wear against the skin. I didn’t realize until I was done with second skein that the yarn was in fact seconds and did not have dyelot on them and each skein differ in color (it wasn’t until it was all knit up that this became noticeable to me) but honestly, I don’t think it looks bad at all. One of the skeins (I think the second one) has more yellow/orange tint to it compared to the other two skeins used. But at the end, I noticed but I don’t think anyone else really did.
- I got to try out Suzanne’s ebony circular. I really liked the needle itself, however, not so fond on the joints – especially with slightly splitty yarn like Cotton Fleece, it would sometimes get caught which did slow me down a little bit, but the annoyance was at tolerable level, so it’s all good.
- As for the pattern – it’s an adorable sweater, I’ve wanted to make it ever since I saw it for the first time. However, I don’t think it was necessarily the best pattern for me. Structure and fit-wise, it felt more like it was made for more petite shaped body than.. say, me. Granted, I am pretty small built (relatively speaking) but the shoulder and fit of the armhole was a bit of issue for me – I do have somewhat broad(er) shoulder and big forearm for someone my size and they fit pretty snug (I mean tight, really). And puffy sleeves? That totally didn’t happen either – but then again, I’d look ridiculous with them anyway (big shoulders + puffy sleeves = icky icky). I suppose I could have gone up a size but that would’ve made the garment fit too loose around the chest (that’s even if I decreased more) since I don’t have much of boobs. Maybe if I had to do it again I’d cast on few more stitches in arms only. I don’t see myself knitting it again anytime soon though, if not ever.
- I made this sweater because it was totally adorable… but… I probably won’t ever knit a short sleeve sweater again. It’s too cold. (but it was too cute)
- Remembered why I think seamless sweaters are awesome. It’s superfast!
- When you give yourself a deadline for something, you’re more easily exposed to distractions. I found myself playing hours of FreeCell instead of knitting, or watching stupid movies (namely Idiocracy), or watching same movie twice in a row just because it’s on (namely The Departed, or find some reason(s) to go grocery shopping on daily basis, etc.
- … and it’s always painful to know that the garment that you made for yourself fits someone else better than you. The sweater fits perfect on one of my coworkers… and I was pretty tempted to give it away except, I rather not.
As for other knitting business, I started on my (possibly) one and only knitted Christmas gift this year.
The strangely sadistic last-minute-hectic knitter in me have once again decided on making a throw for Bruce (though, I think I have mentioned this in previous post).. and I started on it on just this past Monday. I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to finish it, nor that I have any idea how long I want it to be. I just decided to knit it and keep going until I run out of time, run out of yarn, or finally decide on when it’s long “enough”. And I decided to document the “monumental” stages – basically taking a picture of it as I’m done with each skein of yarn. I think Vanna’s Choice is dyelotted yarn, and I just bought bunch, not caring about the dyelot. But strangely enough everything seems a-okay. I haven’t seen any noticeable changes among the skeins, so I guess that’s a plus.
Here’s the progress after one, two, three, and four skeins.