11
October
2003

Fastest sweater ever!

I was right about this sweater for my sister, it’s going to be done this weekend. During the week I finished both sleeves and the hood. Last night I assembled the pieces and now all that’s left is the 6 inch trim around the whole thing. That I’m working on today while catching up on some NetFlix (up this afternoon, “John Q”).

I was a little disappointed with the hood as the pattern described so I changed it. They described it somewhat like making the bottom of a baby bootie, sort of an elongated round. But the way they had the end stitches placed, both ends turned out lop-sided. And the base of the hood ended up both rounded and concave when it’s supposed to join to the straight neckline. So instead of continuing around at both ends, I turned at one, leaving that edge flat and straight. The rows now look alternated, but this should match the pattern for the trim which goes around the hood as well. I just hope I joined it the right way so the trim matches up properly.

Earlier this week I mentioned I was working on other projects as well. One of the knitting projects is for my husband. It’s the Echo Lake Cardigan from the Summer 2003 issue of Interweave Knits. I found the exact yarn and color in the magazine, which is a slate grey silk Merino blend. I started this sweater back in June, somewhat as a birthday present. I had the principal knitting finished by mid-August. I’ve joined the shoulders and neck and sleeves, but I have yet to join the sides. Why? Because the sweater needs a zipper. And it’s easier to add the zipper with the sides open. And snob that I am, I don’t like any of the ones I’ve found so far. The zipper in the picture is beautiful. It’s silver colored with a stylish circular pull. And all the zippers I can find have boring pulls. I spent so much money on this beautiful yarn that I can’t bring myself to buy a cheap zipper. So the sweater sits unfinished.

I e-mailed Interweave and asked about the zipper used in the picture. They were very helpful and gave me the name and the store where they purchased it, but warned that the store gets very confused about mail orders. So I have hesitated and continue to try to find something near me. But the good news is that I’m heading to NYC for a day in two weeks and maybe I’ll have some time to find the store. Maybe I’ll get this one finished by x-mas. (I hope so, because my husband watched me making my sister’s sweater the other night and asked when his would be finished!)