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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The TomKat Sweater

I am emarking on a journey to lose my mind. I'm trying to look at it as a journey to increase my knitting skills but really, I may very well lose what little there is left of my brain. I am making this ...

In this ...

... for the store. "That" is a Debbie Bliss pattern featured in Vogue Knitting's 25th Anniversary issue. It is one of the few patterns I actually like. And I didn't even really care for it to begin with but it's grown on me. What's not to love about cables and seed stitch?

I'm making it in a new yarn from Blue Sky Alpaca, "Suri Merino" (hence the TomKat reference). It's 60% Baby Suri and 40% Merino, color 413 which I feel describes this shade perfectly. Duh. Name your colors, people!

So I picked up the required 9 skeins tonight and sat down on the couch, all ready to get at 'er. First step - cast on 376 stitches. Second step - knit these 376 stitches over 4 different charts for 10 inches. Hands up, who's joining me at the institution?

14 Comments:

  • At 4:19 AM, Blogger Camille said…

    Ha! Not so fun to be a PYF now is it! Just kidding. I've contemplated that sweater before, so I'm interested to see if you survive...err, how it turns out, I mean.

     
  • At 4:38 AM, Blogger trek said…

    And to think that I myself was considering swatching for an Aran just yesterday morning. Maybe I should hold off for a bit...

     
  • At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Dave Daniels said…

    I'll just stand over here on the side lines, ready to change your drool cup at any time...

     
  • At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Dave Daniels said…

    Ew, that was rather gross, huh?

     
  • At 6:32 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    I think that was the only flattering sweater in all those covers. It'll be interesting to hear your thoughts on how it knits up -- I've considered it for a Christmas present. (For next year. What. Am I insane? Don't answer that.)

     
  • At 7:33 AM, Blogger Heide said…

    The sweater is lovely. I'd have to put aside little things like feeding my girls and cleaning in order to make enough knitting time for it. For some unknown reason I can never read the first few lines of your posts. They always cut off behind the pictures until after another post has been added. Once they aren't at the top anymore then I can finally see what you've said. What can I say, technology continues to baffle me. As a result, I'm just now reading below about your adventures in the yarn store. I think that is a sweet story about the many knitting secret sweaters for his family. Hope that you and all of your critters are doing great.

     
  • At 7:59 AM, Blogger Valerie said…

    I bet you picked that pattern though, you self-challenger. But yah, the ruffle looks long and .. wide. It should be a really pretty sweater though!

    Do you get to keep it after the shop gets tired of displaying it? Because if not, you might as well make it in the smallest possible size.

     
  • At 8:25 AM, Blogger Sheepish Annie said…

    I really do love that sweater. But not that much!!! May the Force be with you. I will light a candle.

    I also have a Master's degree in counseling...you know, just in case.

     
  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger Cookie said…

    I will visit you at the nut house.

     
  • At 3:08 PM, Blogger aija said…

    Who needs a rubber room when you have alpaca though? :)

     
  • At 1:00 AM, Blogger catsmum said…

    Single charts are bad enough but I HATE the ones that have you doing 'x' stitches from chart a and 'y' stitches from chart b and... so on.
    which singlet pattern did you want? The one with the lace or the one with the overlapped shoulders in boucle? They're both from vintage books but I can scan and send you a copy once I know which one you want.
    hugz s

     
  • At 5:23 AM, Anonymous jessie said…

    Better you than me, but it will be beautiful someday!

     
  • At 8:48 AM, Blogger mehitabel said…

    I will probably be joining you in the asylum, as there is a GORGEOUS DB pattern that I have to make, in denim yarn, and it doesn't even have charts! Of course, that's how I used to do arans before they started charting patterns, which may explain a lot about why I'm the way I am today...

     
  • At 6:42 AM, Blogger Knittymama said…

    Good luck with that!! There wasn't much I liked in that issue either, aside from that sweater and a few others. I was rather bummed. The articles were great, but the patterns...not so much.

     

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