Thursday, October 6, 2016

Northshore, Take Two

A project I HAD to fix, a project EASY to fix, a project I waited over a YEAR to fix.  


Seriously, my bad.  I should have finished this last winter, as Camden easily could have worn it all those months.  Alas, I'm a fool.

Remember when I made Tiberius's awesomely cute North Shore sweater?  Because it WAS cute, by the way (although...sad times...there is some sort of weird stain/mark on it, which seems like oil, but I have NO idea from whence it came), though it no longer fits.

You MAY also remember how I used a heavier-weight yarn than called for, and I had to knit a rather dense fabric, to get close to gauge, especially seeing as how I'm a looser knitter, to begin with.  Well, for HIS sweater, I surely sized down a couple sizes, but I definitely did for Camdens.  I knit her a size 1-2, I believe, aha!

...and there my problems began.

I knit up the sweater fairly quickly, back in May or so of 2015 as I did with the little guy's, but upon trying it on, I was horrified to find that it was too large in the yolk, height/vertical-wise.  I kept adjusting it on her shoulders, hoping I was imagining things, LOL.  Anyway, it was too depressing, after all that colorwork knitting, so, I set it aside for a bit...then didn't get around to ripping out the yolk until just a few months back or so.  

Then I finally picked it up a couple days ago and finished it yesterday (I wouldn't allow myself to work on a new project until it was done)!  Knitting the wool/cotton blend is NOT fun for my hands.  I love the colors and the final product - and yarn, Spud and Chloe Sweater itself is just NICE, anyway, but I prefer wool over cotton, fo' sho'.  Spud and Chloe does have other fun yarns, too, so, you should check them out!  I have used the Melange and the sock yarn in other projects.

So, what did I fix on the North Shore sweater, you ask??  I took a bit of the height out of the tree section, because even though Camden's actual pattern size (if I'd used DK weight yarn) called for the full tree repeat, my row gauge was clearly off - though Tin Can Knits didn't list a row gauge for the pattern.  It was totally an easy-enough fix, and I was trying to be careful to keep my gauge looser, seeing as how I'd started knitting it before I changed the way I hold my yarn, which does tighten up my tension a wee bit.  

So, the fit is mostly great!  The sleeves would be lovelier if they were a tad longer, but that's what I get for waiting so long to fix it ;)  My only issue is that I don't like how the neck/ribbing lays, as with Tiberius's verison....I'm not sure going down another needle size would have helped, but maybe??  And it's WAY cute on Camden, if I do say so myself!  One other bonus???  I'm all, "Brand new sweater, knit up in a mere two days!"  LOL at the lies I tell myself!

A few days in the life....
ALLLL the raw milk!!!
We finally have a bathroom door!!
Working for the money! 

Nighttime projects

She wanted to get her knit on again....after al these months!  
And what his sister does....
These were never blogged, but they are awesome!
Reading to Greta!

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