Friday, March 14, 2008

Catching up with old friends

Green Gable 02
Originally uploaded by runawaypenguin
This was the first sweater/top that I made for myself, and I can't say that I count it entirely in the success column. It's true, it does look like a garment, but it doesn't fit me very well. The biggest problem is length. It isn't long enough to wear without a cardigan of some kind, but it is also quite warm on its own (even without long sleeves). I finished this in the middle of the summer and I was absolutely determined to wear it. I managed, but I can't say that it was an enjoyable experience. It felt much better wearing it in January, but that still doesn't take care of the length issue.

I used the Green Gable pattern by Zephyr Style, and knit it up in Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo. I used leftovers from this sweater to make the two Odessa hats, because the thought of putting this back on the needles was just too painful. Not that there is anything wrong with either the yarn or pattern, I just feel like I have given this sweater as much time and love as it is ever going to get.

(Many thanks to Julia for modeling)


Emily said...

I've unraveled a sweater from the bottom before and added a few more inches up side down. If you added them in the ribbing pattern, ordinary people wouldn't be able to tell the difference (and knitters would have to look closely).

Rachel said...

Thanks for the tip--it would work particularly well since this pattern is knit top-down. Maybe someday I'll fix it up and wear it again...or maybe you'll see a proliferation of green hats...