Thursday, May 03, 2007

It's Something Alright!


This makes 2 finished knits in one week! I may be on some kind of roll. Maybe it's the new less caffeine me. Nah, unlikely... probably just a phase.

The verdict... I love this sweater! It has to be one of my favorite knits ever! I think I really get a lot of wear out of it too.

You can see that the front edging does pull up a bit at the bottom. A good, patient knitter would've ripped that out and re-did it before posting finished pics... but me? Not so big in the patience department. I'm going to wait and see how much it bothers me before I do anything drastic.

As for the specifics...
  • Something Red by Knit & Tonic
  • Blue Sky Cotton - Tomato
  • Size 7 Knit Picks Options
  • Size: Small
  • Modifications (or, more accurately, mistakes):

(1) I erred on the side of a looser fit when separating the sleeves. I probably would've been better off right at Wendy's suggested length.

(2) I picked up 20 less stitches around the sides and neck for the collar than the pattern recommended (thus the pulling I'm sure).

On another note, Julie and I have decided to encourage each other to delve into more classic literature by doing a little RAL (read-along). She chose the first book, The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, that you see me holding above. (A nice thick book... she clearly has set her goals high.)

She wanted to start today so I made a quick stop at Borders where I would normally grab the cheapo Penguin version of any book, but since I wanted to be able to actually read the type, I selected a larger (and more expensive) version that seemed to lay open nice and flat (for knitting along). I figured I was going to be spending quite a bit of time with this book so the extra $10 was worth it.

And yes, I'm familiar with the library but they actually expect me to return the books I borrow... and on time at that. Believe me, Borders is cheaper in the long run.

Off to get started...

PS... I received my Summer issue of Interweave Knits today! More on that tomorrow. Hopefully it won't interfere too much with the Russian Brothers.


Wendy said...

I would join you on the read, but I have read it (twice). The garment looks great and you do it justice! That bottom pulling is partly my fault because I chose to do a ribbed button band. Oh well. Live and learn!

Still, it looks fab, and I can't wait to hear what you say about the new IK!

GailV said...

Wow, that sweater looks great on you!

I'm totally with you on choosing the book that stays flat so I can read and knit. Have you planned what you're going to knit with The Brothers?

Laura said...

Your Something Red is gorgeous! (I think I'd prefer the pulling if the alternative is bands/ends that sag or hang sadly.)

Way to go on the reading matter! I've never read that book, so I'm looking forward to yours and Julie's reviews...

Donna Boucher said...

Can I read with you?
What is the timeline?

Your sweater is absolutely wonderful!

Kari said...

Your Something Red is lovely - I've had the pattern for a while and you're motivating me to pick it up (although mine'll be Something Boring in beige or black, I'm sure). I can't believe how fast you knit it, either. If I start this weekend, I probably wouldn't be done until August...

Have you heard of Paperback Swap? Almost free books! It's awesome.

5elementknitr said...

The sweater is sooo pretty!

I'm the same way with the library. If I like a book, I tend to want to keep it.

Anonymous said...

This style sweater is great for you and you look terrific in it. Congratulations!