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November 28, 2006

happiness

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I'm calling this sweater happiness because right now it's one of the few things that makes me happy. And, it just looks happy. It's a sweater that smiles at you.

This was a product of my own imagining and can hardly believe that it actually turned out.

It started with the block I knit for Lizard Ridge. Knitting that block, I absolutely fell in love with Kureyon 126. I didn't just want it as part of an afghan that sat at home; I wanted it with me all day long.

I looked through my few Noro pattern books for possibilities, but didn't find what I was searching for. I did see Lockwood in the Simply Noro book--it has a fairly boxy shape [bad], a v-neck [good], and stripes from alternating two colors of Kureyon [good]. That had potential.

I considered other patterns that call for Kureyon like Rosedale. Nice, but also not what I had in mind. [Although...I have another Kureyon color I'd love to work with...hmm].

I went to my closet and pulled out some of the sweaters I wear the most. They all have v-necks, set-in sleeves, and are close-fitting without being tight. I took their vital statistics and, perhaps not surprisingly, all have approximately the same dimensions.

I knit a gauge swatch and plugged the numbers into Sweater Wizard. That gave me the basic pattern that I then tweaked a little to get me exactly what I wanted--a hip-length, v-neck sweater with slight side shaping and set-in sleeves.

Onto that basic shape, I added stripes formed by alternating separate skeins of Kureyon 126 every two rows. I wish I could say that the striping was completely effortless; however, occasionally they would drift into a muddy pool, and I would have to switch skeins, or remove sections of a color run, or resort to some other trickery to keep the magic going.

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Then, there was the problem of the neck opening. The stripes had to match on both sides, and that could mean only one thing: a steek. I've steeked before, so it was hardly unthinkable. But still, it took an extra day of staring at it before I could cut. Happily, Kureyon is a very sticky yarn; I don't think those stitches will be working themselves free anytime soon.

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I designed and knit this sweater in just a few weeks. For me, who dawdles over every project, that is astounding. That it fits precisely as intended is even more amazing.

I finished it on Sunday and wore it to work unblocked on Monday. I couldn't take the time for blocking; I needed it right away.

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Comments

Very nice sweater! I'm sure you'll get a lot of wear from it.

Posted by: Charlotte at Nov 28, 2006 9:19:26 PM

Happiness, I agree! It is lovely. Really nice job with the stripes. you seem to have an eye for color.

Posted by: KC at Nov 28, 2006 9:55:11 PM

It's beautiful!

Posted by: Siow Chin at Nov 29, 2006 12:20:01 AM

it is absolutely gorgeous. How brave to steek the v-neck (I have never steeked... am afraid of it). It looks absolutely happy!

Posted by: Lara900 at Nov 29, 2006 1:07:17 AM

Stunning! It was well worth the effort. Oh happy day, oh happy, happy sweater!

Posted by: Kerstin at Nov 29, 2006 2:33:00 AM

Very very pretty!

Posted by: nat at Nov 29, 2006 4:23:46 AM

Your sweater is just so pretty. I can see that you went through a great deal to get the stripes to match as well as they do. And it fits like you wanted it to! A major triumph! I know that this sweater will be one you will reach for over and over again.

Posted by: Joy at Nov 29, 2006 4:36:06 AM

Wonderful! Congratulations! That's just so great that you could take an idea and make it work so well. Wear it with complete HAPPINESS!

Posted by: Cara at Nov 29, 2006 4:44:49 AM

it's gorgeous!

Posted by: jess at Nov 29, 2006 5:02:16 AM

Nice! I like it. Enjoy wearing your sweater in good health.

Posted by: Chery at Nov 29, 2006 5:04:28 AM

That. Is. Fabulous!

I absolutely love it. I want to print out the pic and pin it up.

Such great colors, a simple-yet-striking design--no wonder it makes you happy!

Have fun wearing your wonderful sweater!

Posted by: Stephy at Nov 29, 2006 5:13:18 AM

That is so beautiful!

Posted by: Cynder at Nov 29, 2006 5:49:41 AM

A truly fabulous sweater. The colours are fantastic. Lots of interest without being too busy. Perfect !
Hope it mkes you happy [happier !] each time you wear it.

x

Posted by: Emma. at Nov 29, 2006 5:55:10 AM

Oh, it's just so beautiful! I'd love to see a modeled shot...

Posted by: JulieFrick at Nov 29, 2006 6:03:43 AM

Just lovely! It inspires the return of faith to knitting. Sometimes, it can be *that* good!

Posted by: Lissa at Nov 29, 2006 6:12:46 AM

SO PRETTY!! I like the striping so much more than the rosedale sort of striping.. (another sweater that I *still* haven't finished...)

Posted by: paula at Nov 29, 2006 6:18:33 AM

Beautiful. Congrats. I normally don't like striping but it looks perfect on this sweater, WONDERFUL JOB!!!

Posted by: Kate at Nov 29, 2006 6:29:49 AM

Oh that would make me happy too!

Posted by: scout at Nov 29, 2006 6:49:43 AM

Wow, how much do I love this sweater? A lot! I think 126 looks even nicer in your stripe pattern - great work!

Posted by: Donna at Nov 29, 2006 8:18:02 AM

That is very beautiful - love it. Nice treatment on the neckline.

Posted by: Lydia / Windansea at Nov 29, 2006 8:41:13 AM

I can't even say how much I love those stripes! Well worth all the work, I'd say. Perfect!

Posted by: Lorette at Nov 29, 2006 8:57:05 AM

Isn't it a wonderful feeling when it all works out? It's ummm...HAPPINESS!

Yay for you!

Posted by: Teresa at Nov 29, 2006 1:11:02 PM

It's glorious. I guess it will be a sunny, bright winter for you!

Posted by: alison at Nov 29, 2006 3:40:18 PM

WOW!!!!!!!! It's just gorgeous!

Posted by: Jen at Nov 29, 2006 6:10:35 PM

Simply gorgeous!

Posted by: Ruth at Nov 30, 2006 6:52:22 AM