Saturday, February 16, 2008

A sweater at last


A sweater. At Last. I started this Noro Y775 sweater last winter and finally got the nerve to try my hand at seaming - after many diversions. The seaming went okay, I had nothing to fear, not really. The shoulders are the teeniest bit puffy from some easing but overall, I am pleased with the finished effect. I don't have the ends all sewn in or a final blocking done but in my excitement for sunshine and the fact that my husband was home, we needed to have a photo shoot - immediately. I realize with my wrinkled brow, I look a bit concerned, but truly I am actually just squinty and awed by the round globe of fire in the sky, I mean it's been so long - is that the sun?? Sunny and 8 degrees. Nice.


I love the crocheted ruffly edge that encircles the whole sweater and Noro Iro, while it might add some, em, unnecessary bulk, it is so forgiving - you barely see mistakes, but there might a be a few hiding in there. It is comfy and great to throw on over a long sleeved t-shirt with jeans or a denim skirt - perfect for casual Friday - and a sweater I know my friends will see and say "that's a Stacey sweater" - whatever that means, I'm taking it as a compliment. I have read over at Ravelry that this sweater "grows while you wear it" - we'll see how that goes - but overall, I will chalk it up as a good introduction to the grown-up garment and maybe cast on that Drops jacket. Maybe.

BTW, good thing I didn't get used to that damn sun, 8-10 more inches of snow tomorrow - wtf?


Blogger Denise said...

Oooh I love it, especially the edging. It looks so nice on you. I don't envy you all that snow, I only like the white stuff before Christmas, not so much afterwards... it's cold here this weekend, but no where near as cold as you have it, so I won't complain any!
Stay warm.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Marisol said...

OMG! It came out gorgeous and you look great wearing it! Pretty pretty colors! Hey it all about Noro - sweater and mitts. I see a hat and socks in the near future too:)

That is pretty darn cold!

9:09 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

yay!!! i love it!!!!
i think it fits you perfectly......and yes that edging is beautiful.
kudos to both you and hubby for braving that was well worth it!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Jersey Shore Deb said...

Wow, this is really weird--I JUST finished a sweater with Noro Silk Garden--also a cardigan with ruffly edges--that I sewed together myself for one of my first times! No pictures or description on my blog yet (I want to block first) but check out the description of "Lizzy" on my Ravelry page--I'm JerseyShoreDeb there.
Congrats on your sweater--I love it!

10:24 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

You are so cute in your new sweater, congrats! Sweaters are always a major accomplishment...

10:33 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Beautiful job on the sweater! I don't think the sleeve are puffy. Wonderful!

12:37 AM  
Blogger cbknits80 said...

Yay!!!!! It looks great. I think 2008 will be the year of the sweater for you!

6:20 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

it looks wonderful!!!
I have not had the courage yet to attempt a sweater :)

and more snow!?
we're getting rain today.. ALL day.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Crys said...

It is beautiful! It really looks fantastic on you.

The weather this winter has been truely crazy. And it only get's better (said with heavy sarcasm) 32 degrees and raining. What's next locusts?

7:43 AM  
Blogger mle said...

Yay! it came out really great and it looks fantastic on you! I love the ruffled edges too.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Knitting Kris said...

The sweater looks just beautiful! I love the colors - nothing delights like Noro when it comes to colors!
I've knit sweaters, but must confess that they were knit with very little seaming, and from the top down! - You rock!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Yay, congrats on your first sweater! It looks great on you.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

Oooh, it's really beautiful and looks fantastic on you. The colors and the shape are very flattering. Well done!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous yarnbeans said...

Supercute! Great job!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Anya said...

WOHOO! A sweater! It looks warm and awesome. You should be proud of yourself. *hugs*

10:58 AM  
Blogger Diana @ Photodee said...

Woo hoo! You did it! Congrats on the finished sweater and good luck on whatever you decide to embark on next!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Nell said...

YAY for getting on the seaming train! The colors are so pretty. And it really pops against the snow!

1:29 PM  
Blogger knittingma said...

Wonderful job on your sweater! I can't believe it's your first one, it looks great! I really love the edging.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's absolutely beautiful! I also like the edging!!

I agree about that sun - I had forgotten what it looks like!

3:04 PM  
Blogger wiscjennyann said...

Beautiful! But sweater or no... how brave are you out there in the chilly chilly weather? That is some commitment to your knitwear, going out in such cold weather just to get the color right! Bravo!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Knitterella said...

OH MY GOSH! I LUV IT! Great job and looks fab on you! Love the ruffle edging! Beautiful color too!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Auntly H said...

and the sweater's not bad, either. ;)

6:56 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Nice job. Love it!

6:24 AM  
Blogger Cinnamonamon said...

Yay for grown-up sweaters -- especially such pretty ones! :)

It's snowing here (again), but worse was everything melting then freezing multiple times yesterday. We slid through stop signs & had to try twice to turn into my MIL's driveway. I'm told it's just as bad today, but now there is snow starting to cover (i.e. hide) the ice! eek

10:00 AM  
Blogger KnittingMoose said...

GORGEOUS sweater!! I love it, and I agree about the crochet edging! Nicely done!! :)

1:19 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

You really did a fantastic job on this. I love the colors, and I love the detail on the front.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Morticcia said...

I love the frilly edging, it goes perfectly with the shape and colors of the cardigan.

Awesome job! You should be extremely proud!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really a beautiful sweater!

The sun has been sorely lacking here in Sweden this winter, but then, I shouldn't complain too much since the snow and cold have stayed away, as well. I think I made a good decision moving from Wisconsin to Sweden. The weather is milder here all year around. Of course, I do miss the cheese and the brats and the Packers and on and on... *sigh*

9:37 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Great job! It looks terrific - and I understand about sweater fear!

And snow! I remember when we got snow here in the winter instead of endless, endless cold rain....

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Aline said...

I love it!

5:14 PM  

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