Wednesday, April 23, 2008

arwen, she be done

I told y'all I'd be back when the sweater was done...

She be done.
Cast on September 11, 2007; Last ends sewn in April 20, 2008.
Knit from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Soft and squishy.
This is the first adult-sized sweater I've ever made.
I'm pretty happy:

Did provisional cast on and attached hem as I knit. Added one cable repeat to each sleeve (for more sleeve circumference) -- divided 4+4 on either side of the centre of the sleeve. (if you knit it, that comment makes more sense).
Also added about four inches in length (I'm not a croppy sweater kind of girl... I'm more of a croppy SHIRT kind of girl, then I need a sweater to cover my belly... see above.)

Kate Gilbert is my hero: this is a gorgeous sweater design. I also got to know Kate a bit while knitting her sweater... through email and also from the design. She has beautiful, complicated things inside her, she's very clever, and she doesn't necessarily like to do things the easy way. I like Kate an awful lot...

There were moments when I didn't know whether the non-typical construction would become anything like a sweater that would fit me. But it did. And the reversible cable makes me excessively happpppyyyyyyy.

I learned how to graft cables for this sweater. Seamlessly. If you look at the centre, top of hood... it is TOUGH to see where it was grafted. I'm pretty proud of myself for that... it took many tries and an abundance of swearing. I probably won't wear the hood much, only to cover my pointy arwenian ears from time to time...

Yep, I'm pretty happy with the whole thing:

special thanks to Broomwood manor for photography (among other things...)


At 12:08 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

Very nice and congrats on finishing it! I've been thinking I need a cardigan in that sort of style.

At 12:08 p.m., Blogger Maaike said...

Congrats! Arwen looks gorgeous. I love the colors you chose too. I hope to make the smaller version for my little one starting soon-ish.

You finished just in time to wear it (at least in the mornings) before it gets to be too hot in the summer.

At 1:15 p.m., Blogger Renee said...

Did you ever know that you're my hero ;)

At 2:04 p.m., Blogger Courtney said...

That sweater is awesome. Congratulations!

At 9:00 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congratulations! You look amazing in your new sweater and so happy too.
Well done Kate!!!!!!


At 1:02 p.m., Blogger Josie said...

Your new sweater is so beautiful! I really like the added length. And the colour is lovely1

At 9:41 p.m., Blogger Heather said...

It's so beautiful!!!

At 12:52 p.m., Blogger Mandy said...

Awesome! Your sweater turned out great! Woohoo for first big-person sweaters!

At 3:49 p.m., Anonymous G said...

Ahem - Officially, that's the R.C. Legion - Broomwood Manor Branch...and you're quite welcome.

I think the last shoto should be titled "Arwen-a-go-go".


At 4:24 p.m., Anonymous Lee Ann said...

Too freakin' cute.

Also, the sweater, she is nice. :-)

At 6:16 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 4:35 p.m., Blogger Violiknit said...

Gorgeous sweater!!! Love it!!! The reversible cables are amazing!!!

At 1:09 a.m., Anonymous AlisonH said...

Oh wow! It's beautiful! And it's very similar to the sweater my mom knitted for my little sister in high school; I'll have to go ask her if she's still got it. 30 years later, with a good wool, there's no reason she wouldn't.

Good knitting makes good memories and they last forever.


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