Friday, September 5, 2014

The Chunk

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The situation inside my yarn cupboard has, again, become ridiculous.  I have too much.  So I decided to start going about my needle crafting in reverse—instead of choosing a pattern and then looking for the yarn to match, I will start with yarn I already have and then find something good to make with it.  Thus was born this sweater, which I am calling The Chunk.  [I think in the above photo, I have been captured mid-yap—peevishly art directing the whole thing as usual.  I’m probably telling him not to let me look too fat and the doctor, behind the camera, is probably telling me to stand still and stop moving my mouth.]

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There was an ancient bag of repurposed yarn in the cupboard, from a sweater I thrifted and then unraveled a long time ago.  There was a metric ton of it, and it was chunky and cottony and very soft, but with enough springiness and residual sheepiness that I think it must have been a wool/cotton blend.  I’m sure there was a tag in the original garment with that exact information on it, but (doh) I didn’t save it. 

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I remembered seeing this a few years ago, and loving how comfy it looked, and how soft and easy.  She wore it with big ribbed cuffs, turned up, and it looked like the loveliest most wonderful sweatshirt in the world.  Inspiration. 

I made something like it, with extra-long sleeves and enough body length to cover the gap and keep out drafts.  As you know, cold weather here in my neighborhood is no joke, so when I imagine a sweater like this one, I aim for maximum skin coverage.  The Chunk is chunky, and it certainly isn’t the kind of garment that sets out to flatter a girl’s figure, but it isn’t meant to do that.  It is meant for comfort.  It’s just what I hoped it would be;  roomy, cottony, soft.    Looking again at Amanda’s sweater kind of makes me want to take out a few inches on my sleeves, but I don’t know.  I always want long, long sleeves;  I like it when they mostly cover my hands. 

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The Chunk is a do-it-yourself, top-down knit, starting with a 22” neckline and working 9” raglan seams.  Pamela Costello has made a handy design worksheet with the extremely simple instructions for doing this, and I have referred to it a hundred times in my knitting life.  My printed copy of it is totally floppy and dog-eared. 

[I’m so pleased that you can’t see in the photos how the weird thrifted yarn used here ended up being two very similar but definitely slightly different colors.  You can’t see it, right?  If you can see it, don’t tell me.] 

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The Chunk is kinda making me look forward to fall.