My Central Park Hoodie was finished this weekend, one day shy of the November Sweater Challenge.
This is the very first completed sweater – YAY! As I stated in an earlier post, the ‘assembly process’ looming on the horizon was the major reason it took so long to complete. Finally, I recalled the Yarn Harlot’s knitting advice, ‘Remember, you are not diffusing a time bomb here! What’s the most that can happen?’ That pearl of wisdom helped me to take the plunge Friday evening and, repeating those words as a mantra I commenced sewing.
It wasn’t until the last seam that I finally began to seam ‘intuitively’ rather than following each step in The Knitters Handbook to Finishing. And, it took me that long just to be able to understand how my stitches corresponded to the picture in the book. So, the sewing job isn’t the greatest on this sweater BUT I knew it would be a project to learn on when I started it.
After the seaming was done I tryed the sweater on and was NOT VERY HAPPY with the hood. In fact, I quickly concluded that I am not a hoodie kind of girl. As a general rule, I never buy them so I’m not sure what compelled me to KNIT a hoodie pattern in the first place. There was ruffling along the hood ribbing. I emailed Knit/Wit and asked for help and she told me to try steaming which helped, some…………………..
I wore it to church yesterday and received lots of complements which boosted my morale! But, the admiring, prideful glances of my husband surpassed any complements received. I even had someone ask me how much I would charge to knit one for her mother by Christmas. Christmas? This year? It took ten months to knit this one!
The Tahki Donegal was a bit scratchy so I decided this morning to give CPH a good soak in some Kookaburra wool soap:
Here she is taking a nice bath which softened her up nicely!
And here she is on the Wooly Board drying to 42″…………………… I think I’m only supposed to use a WoolyBoard for fair isle sweaters, does anyone know? Am I supposed to be drying this flat??
I will try to get some photo shots of ME wearing it next weekend.
Things Inquring Minds Want to Know (Kathe!)
The sweater knits small. After reading lots of blogs I went up a size.
The arms are very long – I shortened my arms 2″ and they are still on the long side.
I would kitchener the hood and then pick up stitches up one side, across the hood and down the other side, knitting the ribbing in one piece as opposed to knitting it in two pieces and seaming together at the top.
Although I bought the designated yarn amount, I ran out and did not have enough to bind off and sew the pieces together. Buy an extra skein if using the Tahki Donegal Tweed.
The Tahki Donegal Tweed is horrible to sew with, it weakens and breaks. I had to use short pieces which, of course, meant more ends to weave in.
The greatest thing? I am able to scratch off the first item on my TOP 10 Stash Busters list! See the sidebar 🙂