Life in Pieces

Life has been hectic for me lately to say the least. I typically thrive under chaos but I’m finding myself longing for more and more leisurely days with a lot less dust in my house. Lately I’ve been swamped at my day job, overloaded with grading homework and preparing lectures for my class and just for fun we decided to start a kitchen renovation…while my husband was out of the country for work.
The latest update on the kitchen, as of last night I have floors again! It’s the little things that make me happy at this point. Mind you, in total the major work of this renovation will have only taken about 2 weeks but I’ve crammed a lot into such a shortened timeline. My husband is coming home just in time for cabinet installation and hopefully by Sunday I will have my appliances hooked back up again so I can COOK! Oh how I miss cooking my own food.
Since my kitchen has been in pieces I decided it was time to try to knit a seamed sweater for the first time. I signed up for a Sweater Study at my favorite yarn shop, Fibre Space. The owner Danielle is going to lead us through the construction of a sweater of our choosing in 3 classes over a 4 week period and I decided on Sawyer from Brooklyn Tweed.
Sawyer Sweater via Brooklyn Tweed
I swatched my yarn, a gorgeous Cascade 220 Superwash in a brilliant blue, and started on the back piece. I’m pretty perfect on gauge and I’m loving the feel and lightness of the yarn in addition to the texture of the stitch.
I picked this color because of this sweater my husband owned years ago that I bought him. I loved the color on him and when it got a hole in the elbow we were both sad to say goodbye to this and I haven’t found a sweater with as vibrant a color since. I’m hoping my sweater will help fill that void in his wardrobe. So now, the stitching begins on his Sawyer and I’m hoping to make something really special for someone who is very special to me. But don’t worry, I’m sure there will be some smaller projects in between knitting this one. Sometimes I have to switch projects up to keep my mind fresh.

Any tips for seamed sweaters? I don’t know why these have intimated me for so long but I’m hoping it turns out really nice when I’m finished with it.

11 Replies to “Life in Pieces”

  1. That’s going to be awesome!! Recs for doing a seamed sweater…block your pieces before sewing them and revel in the beauty of mattress stitch!

  2. it will be absolutely fab-ooo!!! No worries, you’ll master this just like you’ve mastered all those other intimidating techniques and patterns with such finesse, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t try it sooner! 😉 Can hardly wait to see the finished piece 🙂

  3. It’ll be great, especially since you’re on gauge! Do you have to finish certain pieces for the class? Sounds exciting.

    1. They want us to get to certain points. I need to be up to armhole shaping next week and the last class I need front, back and one arm to understand seaming. I’ve got time to get all the pieces done and blocked.

  4. I love the colour and pattern you’ve chosen. It’ll be a sweet way to relax on the days when life gets really hectic.

    I’m also waiting for the day when you start teaching that sweater class. Yep … it’s going to happen!

    1. I’ve been trying to get the owner of the yarn shop to open a second branch in my neck of the woods. She told me, “no,my out just open a shop instead.” LOL One day, that would be such an awesome dream to realize.

      1. It would be and you would be amazing with it!!! I’m 100% in agreement with her.

      2. Do it with a partner though, coz running a business means even less time for knitting!

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