Monday, February 23, 2009

Elfish sweater and other knits

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Last weekend I finished my new favourite sweater, Arwen.

Pattern: Kate Gilbert's Cardigan for Arwen

Yarn: Berrocco Ultra Alpaca

Needles: 4 mm Knit Picks
I modified the pattern a lot. I don't really like seaming, so the original construction seemed to be unnecesarily complicated. So I knit the body in one piece until the armpits, finished the rest separately, knitted the sleeves in round and the hood in one piece. My Arwen is also a lot longer than the original one. Practically I only took the idea and the reversible cables from the pattern. I love the cables, by the way. They look much more complicated that they really are - the chart was really easy to memorize (after I found out how to read the chart - it's not done in the usual way).

When I got this ready, it was a hot day, and I thought I wouldn't be able to use the cardigan soon, as it's very warm. Well, no fear! I have already used it these days. It seems that febrero loco really is crazy, at least what comes to the weather. We had some very warm and sunny days last week, and the suddenly thunderstorms, strong winds and cold days again. I'd prefer the warm spring weather, but at the same time I'm also secretly happy that I have a good reason to use Arwen.

Oh, and I have to tell you that this sweater saved me even before it was ready! When I was coming back from Finland, the zipper of my hand luggage got broken in the plane. And I mean totally broken, there was no way to close the baggage again. I could never have got it out of the plane nicely if I hadn't decided to knit the cuffs of this sweater in the plane. That's why I could use my scarf and my lovely alpaca yarn to tie my hand baggage and could somehow carry it. (Yes, I did get some strange looks, but who cares!)

I also finally have some pics of the Christmas presents I made. Boyfriend's mom got a shawl.

Pattern: Nuolitanssi by Elina Urmas

Yarn: Bernat Satin

Needles 4 mm

The pattern was nice and clear. I definitively could use it again. The yarn was quite thick for a lace shawl, but the receiver chose it herself. Well, she didn't really know that I was going to make something for her with it, but once we were together in a shop and she really liked the colour and the yarn.

And last but not least, boyfriend's present. It's called Kivi, which is Finnish for stone.

Kivi Hoodie

Pattern: my own

Yarn: Nalle Colori and Novita Nalle

Needles: 3,5 mm

This is my own design. I'm happy with it, although I still have to do something to the hood - it's too large and seems strange if boyfriend puts it on. (When boyfriend saw my Arwen on Sunday, he said: "How come my hood is so strange and yours is perfect? You always make your own sweaters better than mine!" That's not true... I just learn new tricks always after finishing his sweaters... ;-)

This was a boring knit, as it has so much stockinette stitch. The garter stitch was even worse choice for the upper part, though, it was even more boring and if you make a mistake, correcting it is more difficult. Note to self: don't knit anything for boyfriend with thin yarn and 3,5 mm needles! Or at least no sweaters. This one took several months to make.


Laina said...

Hienoja neuleita!Mulla meni miehenkokoiseen 7 veljestä neuleeseen ikuisuus, joten kunnioitan todella hupparin tikuttamista nallesta. Mitä pidät Ultra Alpacasta, millasta sitä on neuloa?

purple-power said...

Just wrote a comment that evaporated without appearing. Hmmm.

I love the elfish sweater, especially with the longer length, and I think all the other presents were winners!

ColibriDreams said...

Laina: Joo, en kyllä toista kertaa Nallesta lähde tekemään poikaystävälle mitään! Se nieli omaa neulomisaikaa ihan turhan monta kuukautta. Ultra Alpaca on pehmeää ja sitä oli mukava neuloa. Tykkäsin kyllä. Tosin nyt hiukan epäilyttää, kun valmiista neuleesta lähtee aika paljon haituvia, toivottavasti se ei nyppyynny heti. Tosin toisen värisen mallitilkun lykkäsin joskus vahingossa pesukoneeseenkin, eikä se huopunut yhtään.

Purple-power: Thanks! I love my Arwen, and I'm happy that it's longer than the origimal. And what comes to the presents, at least boyfriend and his mom very happy! (If they weren't, I would never knit them again.)

Rachel O said...

I also love the long length - you've inspired me to try it. Great color also.

Jonna said...

Sina olet ollut ahkera! Hienoja neuleita. Mina karsin talla hetkella langattomuudesta, saatavilla olevat akryylisekoitteet eivat kiinnosta.

Anonymous said...

Tosi kaunis tuo Arwen ja nättejä ovat muutkin neuleet :)

Rachel O said...

It's been so long since you posted last. I hope everything is OK and you are just very busy.

Happy Easter and spring.