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BethAnne

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Phew! FINISHED! Turned out the pattern had a few errors in it - making it even more of a challenge for me to figure out as a newbie sweater knitter. The collar also had short row shaping but in 1:1 ribbing - which made it a bit harder I think - ripped it out a couple of times! But now it's done. Can't celebrate on facebook because my dtr (for whom this is a gift) is there. But wanted to share with my knitting friends here. The proportions look a bit off in the photo because the sweater is intentionally extra long (30" from shoulder to bottom), and sleeves are drop-shoulder design.


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Well done! Congrats! It's beautiful!
 

KayTheCurler

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Phew! FINISHED! Turned out the pattern had a few errors in it - making it even more of a challenge for me to figure out as a newbie sweater knitter. The collar also had short row shaping but in 1:1 ribbing - which made it a bit harder I think - ripped it out a couple of times! But now it's done. Can't celebrate on facebook because my dtr (for whom this is a gift) is there. But wanted to share with my knitting friends here. The proportions look a bit off in the photo because the sweater is intentionally extra long (30" from shoulder to bottom), and sleeves are drop-shoulder design.


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Good job! It looks SO cozy!
 

BetteTheRed

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So, here's a question, which I could ask my sister, but I'll ask here.

I own a beautiful sweater. It's an Italian Benneton from the 70s/80s that I acquired at an estate sale in the late 90s, probably. The shape is really simple and boxy, but fits me perfectly, and the yarn is amazing, a soft grey wool, with a moving rainbow extra twine (best way I can describe it). It's still good (I don't wash it very often; it's an "over-sweater"), but it won't last forever. What's the best way to duplicate something you love?
 

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Oh gosh - I remember those United Colours of Benneton sweaters! So beautiful - I can see how you would love it. I don't know if it's even possible to duplicate something you love. I suppose an experienced knitter could reproduce it pretty closely - but it would never be exactly the same.
 

BetteTheRed

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I suspect that the talented sister could create the pattern; she's great that way, and she could of course, duplicate it in the exact shape and density. I think finding a similar yarn might be impossible. I can't describe how cool it is.
 

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I suspect that the talented sister could create the pattern; she's great that way, and she could of course, duplicate it in the exact shape and density. I think finding a similar yarn might be impossible. I can't describe how cool it is.
Now I'm feelling really curious to see your sweater Bette! Could you consider posting a pic of this treasure :)
 

BetteTheRed

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Not a great pic taker, and my camera is crappy. It's a hugely simple shape, but the yarn and the dye pattern are very cool (the rainbow/grey effect is subtle but gorgeous), and it just suits/fits me perfectly, as a sweater "over" a simple light long sleeved undershirt (black or navy merino or organic cotton). It might even be a bit itchy to wear next to your bare skin; never have. And the pic, taken at night, with a crappy camera, doesn't do the colour shading justice. I get a compliment or more ever time I wear it. It's just cosy/elegant/pretty when worn.
 

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Carolla

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That's lovely Bette - the muted colours would look great on you for sure. Funny - somehow I had in my mind a gray sweater - with a rainbow on it somewhere LOL. I can now see how you thought finding the yarn for a replacement sweater would be a big challenge.
 

BetteTheRed

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I can now see how you thought finding the yarn for a replacement sweater would be a big challenge.

I'd never really replace the yarn, but it's finding just the right weight and dye of a yarn for the pattern. You want the plain boxy shape to accent the pretty dye patterns on a lovely yarn.

Anyway, Cat's got another project on the go right now. Our favorite cuz in England (the canal boat owner) is going to become a granddad for the first time in April. She's going to make a little jacket, she will knit and has a couple of cool patterns, I will pay for the wool. She's on the hunt for that; it's got to be Cat-quality yarn, but washable, and since gender is unknown and we're not very gender-y types anyway, we've agreed on a rainbow dye (and there's a back story about the new granddad to be, and a rainbow coat acquired while with me at a Folk & Boat festival one year, which he is only allowed to wear on the boat).
 

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On the hunt for yarn ... a familiar story! LOL You might want to check RavensWood Fibre Co. - they are NS based indie yarn dyers and their colours are quite extraordinary. If you look for them on fb or their website - they usually post the photo which has given inspiration for their current yarn colourations - I love that. I've used their fingering weight yarn & it is terrific. OF course most are just handwash ...

I do LOVE knitting for wee ones! The patterns are often interesting, they knit up quickly & don't use much yarn :) I have a 'grandchild by proxy' - ie friend's grandchild - who I've knit a few items for :) and have a few more in mind LOL!
 
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Northwind

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I am working on two knit alongs. One is with the local yarn store and is a shawl knit. The other is with the yarn store in Northern Alberta and is socks.

This is the Shimmering Spring shawl by Lynette Meek IMG_20210409_111759_335.jpg

This is Paraphernalia

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BethAnne

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This yarn is lovely. I can't wait to see how blocking opens it up. I've seen the designer's shawl in her store. Can you see the beads? I'm using clear beads. They look kind of like water drops.
Can't see the beads...will have to try looking again later.
 
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