Sunday, April 22, 2012

Easy Peasy!

Well not so Easy:

I have to admit that I am a bit of a snob!  I LOVE lovely yarn. I admired the yarn from Louet called Mooi first because its name means 'lovely, nice, yummy' in Dutch.  This yarn contains 70% bamboo, 15% cashmere and 15% bison.  I had the opportunity to pick up a small order and  I chose a few colours in the lace weight and a slightly larger selection of the Sport weight. 

A few skeins sold and I made a sample shawl, but at $45 and $30 a skein it really was too expensive for most knitters.

During March Madness I decided to put them all on sale.  They still sat.  Then I found Peasy a lovely sweater on Ravelry. I had 6 skeins of the aqua. The pattern said I would need 680 - 1200 meters I had 780.  (I am not the small size )  I took a chance and decided that I could cheat a little and make the sleeves shorter.  It is a top down pattern so I told myself (over and over) that I could make it work.

I began, it was clear I wasn't going to have enough to make the long sleeves.  I made the sleeves to the elbow, each using one half of a ball.  (I knit and then weighed the remaining on a scale to be sure they were even.)  Still it was not going to be enough.  I played with the idea of using a contrast colour for a colour detail for the bottom. (but it wasn't what I had in mind)  There was a skein of laceweight, actually there are 2, I was saving those for something else.  I decided that if I doubled the yarn and used it for all of the garter stitch details I would have enough.

I finished the sweater and tried it on.  It was about an 1" - 2" shorter than I would really like.  The sleeves were a funny length.  I ripped back all the garter stitch, the two button bands and the bottom border and shorted the sleeves then  re-knit the borders on the sleeves.  Using every inch of the frogged yarn I was able to add about 1" to  bottom of the body and re-knit the garter stitch bands and bottom edge.  It blocked beautifully. I found some lovely buttons in my button collection at home.

It's lovely and perfect.

You don't really even want to know what its actually worth.


Paula said...

The sweater looks great and the yarn does sound yummy. I made Peasy in little girl size and it's a great pattern.


Anonymous said...

It's lovely Tina!!