Saturday, June 25, 2005

My First Sweater Baby, Yeah!

Of course, the best way to celebrate the hottest day of the year so far (we might reach 100 degrees here in Boston today) is to finish a wool sweater! Well, alpaca and silk :). Here is the debut of my first sweater, the Hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. I used Knit Picks Andean Silk in Lettuce and size 7 needles. Overall, I am happy with it and can't be too mad with the fact that its too big. I have large boobs and usually overestimate my size. I think that the second size would have been perfect (but I sort of did an inbetween 2nd and 3rd size)!

The final measurements are: 19.5 inches across bottom, 17 inches waist, 39 inch chest circumference, 24 inches from bottom edge to neckline, 20.5 inches from wrist to underarm.

I also made a few other modifications including an additional inch on the length of the waist area to accomodate the fact that I hate things that are too short. Lesson, should have left as is, it was a bit too long. I also added an extra inch to each sleeve. Lesson, thank god I did! I have long arms and the changes I made came out pefect! Also, what's with this sweater showing bra lines on everyone!? Mine came out fine... On wait, no, thats because I have those huge broad swimmer shoulders and have no need to worry about that!

Outdoor pictures:



Indoor pictures:



Okay, okay, I know you want to see it on! Well, its not a good picture, but okay. Here is me being totally psycho and putting on a heavy sweater and jeans while its 94 degrees out (look what I do for knitting and my readers... its all about the sacrifices!) Mind you, the odd look on my face is due to the fact that I am about to pass out :)

33 Comments:

At 5:42 PM, Blogger eastern white said...

congratulations dani! the sweater looks very nice! it fits great! i'm sure you'll love it when the winter comes... the first sweater always has a special place in a knitter's heart!

 
At 5:44 PM, Anonymous ~Jo~ said...

Woohoo! Sending you a big high-five, your sweater is gorgeous! You did a great job! :) Your picture is so 'american' with those US flags in the background. We don't see flags in front of home around here. ;)

 
At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your first sweater! Better too big than too small - mine turned out so small only my teeny-tiny cousin could wear it. Oh well. I love the color, too. Job well done!

--SP

 
At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

I think that it looks AWESOME!! I have a long way to go before I can dream of knitting a sweater ;) This one is definitely on the list now though (I have the book!) as I love that kind of neckline and it looks so ultra comfy!! Despite the 94 degree weather. Great job!!

 
At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Bron said...

That is GREAT! I think it fits perfectly - that is SUCH a good color for you! I know what you mean about adding length & then regretting it - I did it on the last crochet project of mine & now it's too long. Sigh. But the one time I don't, it'll surely be too short!

Anyhoo - major kudos on your first sweater - looks like you're a pro already. :)

(Now I need to check out that book! :::grin:::)

 
At 7:12 PM, Anonymous jacqueline said...

But how great does it look!! You are actually inspiring me to begin my hourglass sweater...must finish current projects first...must finish current projects first. It may be the hottest day of the year but you are all set for fall.

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Lee Anne said...

Just beautiful! Oh my...I may get off my rear and finish my tank tomorrow now...must get enough time all at once to do it though. That is just a beautiful sweater though...love the color and the look!

 
At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very pretty color on you! Congratulations! (Love all the dyeing you're doing here, too.)

Kerstin
crazydaisy.us

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Dani said...

I am so happy - it looks amazing - and the color is perfect!! Congrats on a job VERY WELL DONE! And extra special bonus points for modeling the sweater today in the oppressive heat ;-)

 
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At 11:25 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

I love it! I love the color, I love the shape, and I think the fit is great. It looks SO professional! I really need to learn to knit things more challenging than scarves and CD player cozies! =)

 
At 11:35 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

That looks great! And I think it fits you really well. Nice work! I'm still on my first sleeve...

 
At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

Oh that hourglass did turn out great. That will be a nice fall sweater. And I was right, it does look so cut eon you!

 
At 3:14 AM, Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

oh dani i LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! i just might make mine out of andean silk instead of peace fleece. i am so excied for you, your FIRST SWEATER, i feel like jumping up and down for you:)

 
At 5:34 AM, Blogger froggyknits.com said...

that is one gorgeous sweater! its looks fantastic. wonderful job! perfect fit.

 
At 5:44 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Wow! Your Hourglass looks amazing and the colour really suits you. Hurry up winter so you can start wearing it!

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger Dani said...

Looks fantastic Dani! I can't believe that you put it on in this heat! I looks wonderful on you

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger Tracy said...

The things we do for our art! Well done, you made a great job, now take it off before you expire in the heat and go knit something cooler, you're making me sweat!

 
At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, it looks like it fits you perfectly! I bet you can't wait for September.

Johanna
Jofrog is Knitfrog

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger swimknit said...

It looks great!

 
At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to go Dani girl! looks great on you and I love that colour!
cara
earth mother

 
At 7:31 AM, Blogger Adele said...

It looks beautiful! Great job Dani. I really like it and the color is divine!

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

Dani, that looks GREAT. Love the color. Makes me think twice about the gray yarn I have slated for mine!

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Sandy J said...

Wow, it looks great! Congratulations!

 
At 8:47 PM, Anonymous paula said...

LOVE it!

Great fit and color. It looks great on you!

 
At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Shelby said...

It looks great!!!! Love the color :-) Congratulations on your first sweater!!!

 
At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Diana said...

Great sweater! I love the color (of course) and the long length and long sleeves look super comfy.

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Lauren said...

hip hip hooray! I love it, Dani! That color is perfect, and it looks super on you :) I will probably start mine a little later this summer/fall--in the same color and yarn too! :)

Your first sweater was a real success--I can't say that for my first one! I never wear that one out of the house!

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous katie said...

Such a pretty color! And I love the shape... I keep thinking I should try and make me an hourglass someday...

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger parikha said...

The sweater looks great! I just started my own hourglass in the same yarn (different color), so it's a relief to see that yours turned out so well.

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Sarah said...

WOW! It looks wonderful, even in the heat, you did good! Love the color too, someday I'll finish a sweater, I hope!

 
At 7:28 AM, Anonymous koko said...

What a wonderful sweater that is! I'm absolutely impressed at your nice sweater. The colour really fits you. I love this rich colour. You did beautiful job!!

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger A Heart of Worship said...

your sweater is GORGEOUS! i can't wait to be able to take on a big project like that!

i have wanted to learn to knit my entire life, and i am just learning how to knit at the ripe old age of 44. my husband's aunt, and a co-worker are showing me things and i am so EXCITED!!

I have made 2 hats and 2 scarves! i love looking at my work, as i can see progress in my stitches!

Keep up the good work, and I'll keep checking back to get more inspiration!

 

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