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
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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 yarn.com because you get a discount on price, otherwise I’m usually at my local yarn shop.
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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.

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What Weekends Are Made For

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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!
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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.
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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

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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.
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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!
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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 🙂
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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!