Last month, the Kiwi group on Ravelry organized a fiber swap! This is what I got! I love the cute crochet amigurumi, and the smart little gauge ruler. And the fiber! Looks super yummy! It’s blue faced leiscester, 3.5oz. I can’t wait to spin it into socks. :)
Name: Turbulence U-Neck Pullover (see Ravelry)
Yarn: Brown Sheep Naturespun Worsted (Impasse Yellow)
Needles: US 1 & 3
So, when NaKniSweMo began on 11/1, I cast on for this pullover in Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan. The pattern calls for US 6 but when I swatched I had to keep going down needle sizes until I knit with US 3. Ribbing section was done on US 1.
Modifications: This is why I love Ravelry. Plenty of FO pictures to peek and decide what you want to make for yourself. After looking at all the FO pictures, I decided that the sweater was shorter on the body than I usually liked. I have no waistline; cropped anything makes me look short and chunky. So, I decided to go for 17″ torso.
I briefly thought about re-writing the pattern for in-the round but I don’t know why, I just started knitting in flat. Boy, did I regret doing this pullover in pieces?!?!?!?!
I had a thousand and fifteen ends to weave in and sew. After completing the back and front, I spent a whole day just on seaming. And doing that made me realize how much I hate seaming. And how much I should do the sleeves in the round. So after front and back pattern, I completely ditched the pattern and went with set-in sleeves in the round, top down. I also changed the length of the sleeves and to make sure the two sleeves were exactly the same length, I knitted them two at the time on two pairs of long US 3 circular needles.
Comment on the yarn: I have a feeling I’ll go back to this yarn in the future. It’s soft, spring-y, the colors are awesome. I bought 4 skeins of this yarn in dyelot 020 at Newton’s Yarn Country parking lot sale ($2.50 per skein or something like that!). I though 4 skeins of this yarn with generous yardage would make a sweater, but with all the seaming and mods, I ran out in the middle of my sleeves–literally, I ran out of yarn when I reached my elbow area. So I took a sample of my yarn and ran to my LYS (Local Yarn Shop). Suzoo’s Wool Works in Costa Mesa is my favorite LYS. It’s close to my law school so I used to drop by every now and then after school. It’s still my favorite yarn shop because of their superior yarn selection and reasonable price range. The owner now is the daughter of the former owner I believe and she is so nice. Not pushy, not chatty, but helpful. And thoroughly passionate about fiber.
Suzoo’s Wool Works (website)
711 W. 17th St Suite F9
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
And so I went and saw the yarn, dyelot 037. Totally different dyelot but the colors matched completely. AH! I felt SOOO lucky. I left the shop with 5th ball of yarn, a ball of fingering weight yarn, and some fiber roving to practice spinning with. *Happy Jean Dance*
So I was able to finish the sweater, and, of course I waited few more days until I sucked it up and weaved in all the ends. So I give…. TURBULENCE!
It is extremely warm and soft. The yarn wasn’t great for seaming because it wore out so fast, so I guess the next time I knit a sweater with this yarn, I have more the reason to knit in the round. And I WILL knit with this yarn again because I tried this on today on bare skin and it didn’t itch! It’s 100% wool, that doesn’t itch!
So the sweater #1 is finished, out of 6. #2 is 50% done already, and it’s a sweater for my dad. Updates coming soon!