FO: Sawyer Sweater

This is a week of Finished Objects! I’m not trying to share my holiday knits until after Christmas but I do have a few finished projects (including my kitchen renovation) that I can share this week. YAY!

Although I finished the Sawyer sweater for my husband last month, this weekend was the first time he actually wore it. He let me take a picture and I think he fidgeted for about five minutes and this was the best I was going to get out of him. LOL
I used Cascade 220 Superwash in the color Como because I was trying to get close to this color of an old Gap sweater he had years ago. Plus I just really like him in blues, greens and teals. When I buy sweater quantities of yarn, I typically buy them from because you get a discount on price, otherwise I’m usually at my local yarn shop.
I really like how the Cascade 220 feels, I’ve now used the superwash and the 100% wool and both feel completely different but I highly recommend them for being durable and wearing well. For my husband I wanted the sweater to be durable and light weight and this knit up into a lightweight fabric. He told me has to get used to wearing it close to the body without a long sleeve on underneath but he said it was pretty soft and definitely warm. My only issue is that I can see every single mistake in this sweater. I know he doesn’t and the average person won’t but it will drive me just a little insane. It’s not like it’s just blaring all over the sweater but I see the lines where I mixed up my pattern repeat and I just want to fix it…but I can’t.

Overall, I thought this pattern was challenging but in a good way. I learned how to do a sloped bindoff around the neckline, how to read a more complicated pattern and how to read my stitches in order to make the repeats work out correctly. So I think if I had to grade myself I’d give myself a B overall (it’s the professor in me, I can’t help myself). I might even make this in a neutral color again in the future since I’ve gained a lot more confidence now with doing a seamed sweater.

Any awesome men’s patterns out there? Please share, I’m always trying to add them to my list in Ravelry.


What Weekends Are Made For

It was the first cold weekend in Maryland since late February/early March. It’s knit sweater weather – that’s about the only reason I like winter now. I have reasons to pull out all of my bundles of hand knits I’ve been working on this year. WOOHOO!
Cher spent the majority of her weekend wrapped up in freshly laundered blankets or curled up next to me while I was finishing off the Sawyer sweater. I blasted Adele’s new album AND some Justin Bieber while I was seaming the sweater and adding buttons. My husband finished up the tile work in the kitchen – all that’s left is grout and by Tuesday I’ll be putting everything back in the cabinets and on the countertops. YES! We plan to have a quiet Thanksgiving just the two of us at home and I’m looking forward to cooking in my kitchen again. I still need to take some real pics of Sawyer but I thought I’d share a preview (and a pic taken under protest) until I can take some better pics.
And I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving break and having a little extra quiet time to knit! I’ve got a few things I’m itching to put on my needles and I just don’t know where to start! Aargh!!

Did you have a good weekend? Any good knitting get finished?

Stitching Status: Sawyer Seaming

Last night was my last Sweater Study at Fibre Space and I learned how to seam my Sawyer (I also bought some more yarn for a possible Christmas project…I cannot resist that place). I still have to finish the cap of the other sleeve and block it but I successfully added a sleeve, seamed the shoulders and one side.
Oh and when I’ve seamed all these lovely pieces THEN I can pick up stitches and knit the collar and create the button bands. It’s almost finished, I’m so close I can taste it!
And this stitch pattern, although lovely, has been a challenge at times. I just keep repeating to myself that it will be really lovely when it’s all finished. I made my husband try it on with the one sleeve still not seamed and he looked at me like I was a crazy woman but I wanted to make sure that it fit him. Because if it didn’t fit after all of this work I was pretty sure I was going to lose it. It fits and I can see the finish line to FO, maybe by Monday I’ll have a completed piece to model by my husband 🙂
On an exciting note, we are down to the backsplash in the kitchen. WOOHOO! The end is almost near. I’ve already cooked a pot of chili so the kitchen is functional but I haven’t moved it all back in and set it up since I knew we still had backsplash left to add. Progress all around!

Have a good weekend!