Saturday, August 13, 2011

What season's next? Sweater Season!

The stores may be gearing up for back to school, but I'm gearing up for sweater season and I'm getting excited!

This week, I completely finished Jim's sweater, the one with the puffed sleeves, but I haven't taken any pictures yet as its hot outside today. I'm still not thrilled with the shoulder caps, but it will do.

Also this week, I finished the knitting on my Folklore sweater, but it is far from done. Today, I've been working on hand sewing the steeks.  Here's a steek peek, from the wrong side:

I'm catching every strand through the middle with my needle and thread.  This is a super wash yarn and I want to secure it as best I can. Here's what it looks like on the right side:

Can hardly see it, eh?  Still, this faint thread will be turned under to the back.

After I sew it, I'll cut it. Then I'll prepare my zipper according to this fabulous technique developed by TechKnitter and explained here by Eunny Jang:

After that, it's just a matter of knitting the zipper to the sweater with some i-cord, then capturing the cut ends of the sweater beneath the zipper tape with another row of handstitching, this time in a non-contrasting thread. Piece of cake, right?  No, I'll confess, I'm quailing at the thought of the amount of work left to do on this sweater. I even want to reknit the cuffs still.

It's just under a month till the KW Knitter's Fair and I'm hoping to be wearing it there. Will I make it?  I know you're just on the edge of your seats.

All this and I'm suffering under the handicap of being distracted by other projects I want to start. At first I thought I wanted to make Twist and Shout, then the Twist Collective Fall 2011 was released and I thought I wanted to make Eadon. For a long time I waffled between these two projects and then I saw a Drops sweater that trumped them both, except I want to make it a pullover, from the top down. 

Don't you love sweater season?


  1. I absolutely luv Autumn..the best time of the year only for me it means mittens and gloves!
    You are very accomplished in those as well Laurie.
    I look forward to seeing your beautiful sweater at the Fair :-)

  2. I can't wait for you to finish your sweater for the KW Fair!! I'll cheer you:


    And as for the knits that have caught your eye.........

    EADON ALL THE BLOODY WAY!!!!! I'd even do a KAL with you for that one!

  3. Anonymous5:38 pm

    Okay, so now I know what sweater to look for at the Fair next month!My friend and I love that fair!
    Thank you for the link to the Drops sweater, its great.
    Esther in Ottawa.

  4. I'm celebrating sweater season here too! That Drops sweater is a winner, fo' sho'.