Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer sweaters, in action

It is raining again.  Or still.  I can't remember a time when it wasn't raining.  I know this is happening everywhere, but come on.  I wore this wool (WOOL!) turtleneck (TURTLENECK!) on Sunday.  We went to Syracuse to see Bob Dylan [the Great Man, in person, hoo!  He could not have been less interested in the audience, or whether we could see him, or whether we were having fun, but I was thrilled anyway.  There's a perfect review of the show here.] Not too warm for a turtleneck, out there beside Onondaga Lake on a summer evening.  Nope, nice and chilly.  This is Stormtracker by Alicia Plummer (I might as well throw out my Ravelry queue and just start knitting her designs.  I love every single one of them) knit in Patons Classic Worsted, colorway "Mercury", which a slightly grayed navy.  I modified the sleeves by working them even for six inches and then starting the decreases, and they fit much better.  Anyway, I love it, and I hate that I can wear it right now.  
 
Also, this is in daily rotation, too.  This is the sweatshirt I have always wanted and needed.  I made this one up myself, and this time I wrote down everything I did so I can refer to it again next time.  This is Basic No. 1, in Cascade 220, color 4010 (heathery gold) and 4192 (shell pink).  Those two colors keep cropping up in my stash, over and over again.  That golden heathery mustard color is so close to perfect it aches.  Anyway, the next time I want to make a top-down crew-neck sweater in worsted weight yarn at a gauge of 4.5 st/inch I won't have to do all the math and figure it out from scratch.  It's taken me how long to do this?  I've made probably fifty DIY sweaters over the years, and I am just now getting around to keeping track of these things.  I know.  I'm working on Basic No. 2now (a worsted weight turtleneck at a gauge of 5 sts/inch) and I'm writing all that down, too.  I'm so happy this is finally getting done.  Knitting life will be so much easier.      

17 comments:

  1. I am wrapped up in a wool and Alpaca sweater, a few days ago it was as little as possible in a mini heatwave. Hey ho, this is Britain in the summer.

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  2. Lovely sweaters but where do you live that you need them in summer ??

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    1. I live in Western New York, where it has been known to snow in July (Summer 1816, yup. Brr.)

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  3. Beautiful sweaters. My husband still marvels at his first summer living in Syracuse, when the temperature never went over 80 degrees. I wish I'd had that kind of summer during the one I spent in my third trimester of pregnancy when I lived there. :)

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  4. Love these sweaters. Gorgeous colours for both and the high neck on the blue is perfect. In summer here in NZ you need to keep a sweater or cardigan nearby just in case.

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  5. I love them both! The blue of the first and the stripes of the 2nd with that beautiful gold and palest of pinks. Wow is all I could say. Makes me yearn for the days I knitted when I was in my teens and 20's.. then it gradually went to crocheting. You knit so so beautifully! I live in central Oregon where the days can easily get over 100 degrees, but the nights down in the 40's and sometimes even high 30's! so yes.. we need our sweaters here too... all summer long! I'm amazed at how fast you make your new projects. It would sometimes take me months to just get a sweater done. I made them and sold them to buy my first horse when I was 13! Marilyn

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  6. Both beautiful sweaters, we are wearing sweaters in summer too.

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  7. Great job with the sweaters, they are beautiful and so well executed! They are lovely!
    Here in Portugal even two weeks ago was a scorching heat and the center of the country was devastated by a dramatic fire ... this week only rains and temperatures have dropped a lot. We never know very well how the weather will be. Signs of the times.
    Have a great weekend!

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  8. Wow - I just read the comments above - you have a truly international following - for good reason! I love the sleeves on the blue sweater. Also, since it's been since the 70's when I knitted my first and only cable knit cardigan, I've forgotten - are sweaters normally knitted bottom up? We are currently in St Clair, MI, having spent the month of June in Atlanta and then North Carolina. No sweaters needed except in air conditioned restaurants. It's hard coming from Washington State, to get used to shorts and t-shirts and tank tops day after day after day.

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    1. There are bottom-up designs and top-down designs (and, occasionally, cuff-to-cuff designs, too) and it's really just a matter of preference--my preference is for top-down, whenever possible. :)

      I hope you're enjoying your loooooong trip! xoxo

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  9. Those are both fabulous sweaters! And I would give anything to be able to wear a sweater and have it be chilly right now ...

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  10. I love the stripes on the tan and white sweater! I love me a nice, simple stockinette sweater. The evenness of the stitches is always so calming and soothing :) I made myself one such thing, but, didn't know enough to do a stretchy cast off, so I now have a lovely sweater sitting in my closet than can't be worn. But, I'm still pretty proud that I finished it! ;)

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    1. Eeek! Can you take out the bind off and re-do it? Might only be the work of a few minutes, and then you'll have it to wear. Check out Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off--that's what I used for that turtleneck up there. :)

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  11. I love that turtleneck. The sleeves are so feminine. I really like the patterns you choose. They aren't too busy, and they show off your talent for knitting. They fit you so well. It's very hot here, 110 degrees! (but I can still wear my hand knit sweaters and shawls on the bus, and in the air conditioned knitting shop.) Glad to hear you enjoyed the concert.

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  12. Just love that striped sweater. That is pretty much the perfect sweater in my opinion.

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  13. I love the indigo color and dear cat dog....and your sweaters are gorgeous!
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