Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Well-Traveled Sweater

After dawdling along forever on my Minimalist Cardigan, I finally got into high gear a few weeks back. I was spurred on by the wish to have it completed in time for my trip, last week, to my hometown, Rochester, NY. And I did it!! It turns out, if you really sit and knit, instead of just talking, blogging and reading about it, you can accomplish quite a bit. Who knew?

With just hours to spare, and no time for photos, I finished the finishing, packed it in my bag and headed east. A week later, before I began my westward journey home, my brother took a few photographs for me.

Minimalist Cardigan
Pattern: Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum
From: Interweave Knits Fall 2007
Yarn: 2-Ply Morehouse Merino/~ 6 skeins in Olive
Needles: KnitPicks Options US size 4
Size: I was aiming for something near 39 1/2"
Modifications/Notes: I used sport weight yarn instead of worsted. Rather than rework all the numbers, I did a swatch, took a chance and simply followed the directions for the next size up, taking care to work to the lengths for my true size and not the larger size. I think my only other modification was to short row the shoulder shapings and seam them with a three-needle bind off. First I worried it would be too small, then I worried that it would be too big. In the end, I'm pretty happy with the fit and the overall look.
My Favorite Part: Wearing it for the first time to the opening of Will's photography exhibit, which was the culmination of an extraordinary year-long project. Never has a sister had a better reason to kvell over her little brother.

Credit where credit is due: This photo by Nick


jillian said...

That turned out beautifully!

EllyMae said...

It looks fabulous!

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Congrats to your brother! How great that you got to be there to see the exhibit.
Love the part about knitting instead of just talking and reading about it.I must try that some day. Apparently you end up with a beautiful finished garment.

sue said...

A beautiful sweater!

Hilary said...

Awesome sweater; beautiful pictures. We only wish you could wear it HERE more often.

Your brother did great last night! Details to follow ...

textilejunkie said...

I'm going to give a great big "ditto" to what Gale said :) Awesome that you got to see your brothers exhibit! Need to work on that actual knitting stuff myself - and that sweater looks great! I love the gray goodness :)

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful - and the photo's are too!

TheAmpuT said...

Great sweater!
And I have to tell you, I am just completely enthralled with your brother's website. Wow.

Helen said...

I've nominated you in my list of knitting bloggers who make me smile. Apparently, this means you should "give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times." But if you don't do this you won't actually have anything bad happen, so please don't feel pressured: just enjoy the award.

kt said...


What a slice of wonderful that is! You look great in it.