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April 26, 2007


Have you heard? I’m knitting my very first sweater for myself. Going in, I knew that this would not be the project to take the easy way out. I’ve tried to take my time, make good decisions, and do it right.

I knit more guage swatches for this sweater than ever before in my life. I washed my swatch. I measured it every way I could think of measuring it. I measured myself and tried to be honest about it, hard as it was to know those measurements.

When the first sleeve – knit to my exacting calculations – was looking a bit large, I took the time to re-measure, unravel and try again.


It took months to work out the exact design for the yoke, and once I was finished I stuck with it even as second thoughts crept into my head. You should see all the pages of notes I have for this project!

The calculations for the yoke decreases had me pulling my hair out. Not rocket science, but I wanted to make sure I was understanding all of it and not missing anything.

I’m getting awfully excited because I can see the finish line. In anticipation I’ve shared with you the private side of the sweater that I am increasingly proud of. I’m dying to show off the public side, but I’ll hold back until it’s all finished.


There’s much to do – finishing the neckline, weaving the ends, blocking, steeking (!), sewing the hems, turning up the air conditioning so I can wear it around the house continously, sewing in the zipper, etc, etc. Though I feel a rush to finish, I’m gonna try to keep my head, take my time, and do it right.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2007 10:25 am

    Oooh, that looks gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the public side when you’re done with the finishing!

  2. April 26, 2007 10:29 am

    “turning up the a/c so I can wear it around the house continously”

    You are too funny.

    Soooo, do you have your zipper? The colors are going to look great on you. You need to finish it up and plan a trip NY so to enjoy your sweater properly.

  3. April 26, 2007 11:50 am

    I can’t wait to see the steeking photos. If it were me, I’d have to turn up the air conditioning then to avoid dripping sweat all over the sweater while cutting it. The colors are beautiful and look at your colorwork! Very nice job.

  4. April 26, 2007 4:52 pm

    What a great preview of your first sweater for yourself!

  5. April 26, 2007 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the preview! You could wear it inside out!

  6. April 27, 2007 8:03 pm

    i am too excited that i may get to see this in person. i knwo you will have it finished by the time we get there. cant wait!

  7. April 27, 2007 8:10 pm

    Awesome – I can’t wait to see the public side!!

  8. April 29, 2007 1:10 am

    I love the way the stranding looks on the yoke. It’s so neat! It’s like wearing nice lingerie – Even if no one sees it, you know it’s there, and you feel like a million bucks!

    Like you, I have knit countless things for my kids and others, but I have only made one sweater for myself. I have been comtemplating making a seamless raglan sweater for myself…

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