knit at nite

some entries about knitting and family to keep myself motivated at projects and the daily grin, i mean grind.

2.20.2006

never say die

i have two favorite sweaters that beg for retirement. one is actually a vintage sweater that my mom wore for years and that i later inherited and wore for years also. it has about a stitch sized stain of green oil paint, mom's a painter, on it. turpentine would take care of that, but then it wouldn't be mom's sweater so much. the thing is threadbare in places but i cannot part with it. i hope to make a pattern, recycle the trim and keep it alive that way. i think the challenge will be to match the yarn.

this second is a very fine gauge cashmere blend, probably purchased from marshall's or similar. i'll never get the gauge of this sweater in a hand-knit. but, the shape is so flattering, it's another one i'd like to try to duplicate. perhaps the hourglass sweater from last-minute knitted gifts is close enough to this one.

both have raglan sleeves. the bodies differ, one rather fitted, the other with a slight a-line swing to it. i wonder how helpful either of these sweater design books would be?

2 Comments:

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Medina said...

I read that book when I first got started with knitting and found it to be quite good. It's more about learning to knit flattering garments for different body types than anything else. If I recall, it does offer some insight into how to shape garments, but I think they were kind of loose patterns based on some basic shapes she offers. I'm not sure it's quite what you're looking for, but if you overlook that the book is a bit outdated, it's a good read.

 
At 3:22 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

I have the green one which you may certainly thumb through or borrow at any time. Maybe I can do a Saturday SnB after this one, or we can just hook up in WH centre for a book exchange or something.

 

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