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My first sweater begins…

Knitting sweaters

I am embarking on a whole new sweater project. As of yet, I have never finished an article of clothing that isn’t a scarf or a hat. I have attempted two other sweaters, but felt the patterns weren’t so great and aborted the projects. I have two half-sweaters lurking in my Unfinished drawer. Good grief.

This new one gets me excited because I can see within the pattern that I can make adjustments that won’t cause too much havoc on the final outcome, i.e., longer sleeves, torso and neckband. I’m tall. I like things to be longer; otherwise, garments tend to look like I’m wearing something that has shrunk. Not pleasant.

Which brings me around to a memory I have of when I was living in New Zealand. I became friends with a girl introduced to me through a mutual friend. She taught me how to do some basic knitting. (It didn’t stick. And the lessons were over quite quickly.) My scarves were ridiculous. Around that same time, she had loaned me an angora sweater of hers, “It will look nice on you”. I washed it before I returned it. I was 18. I did not know what I know now about washing wool. It shrunk…like doll-size-shrunk. The friendship was lost even though I tried several things to rectify the sweater issue. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has reduced a woolen article to belong in a doll’s wardrobe.

So, here’s to hoping this sweater gets finished!

tourist sweater

I have learned a few new knitting techniques and have now managed to get most of the body and kangaroo pocket done. It’s really taking shape. I must say Joji’s pattern is very easy to follow.

Almost finished the body

17 March : DONE!

Sweater finished!