Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mrs. Exeter

Months and months and months ago, the lovely Gerry gifted me a Brooklyn Tweed pattern out of the blue!  Wasn't that sweet?  The funny thing is, it's a pattern I hadn't been aware of before she gave it to me, but which is completely my style - a big, cabled cardigan with a shawl collar.

When Gerry gave me the pattern, the weather was already turning hot.  But all summer long I daydreamed about starting it in the fall, and towards the end of August I ordered myself some yarn.  About a month ago, I got started.  Here's Exeter:


I haven't made a whole lot of progress for a couple of reasons.  First, it's been a busy couple of months around here.  And secondly, I'm finding that I don't really enjoy working on it.  The pattern itself is a joy to work from, but I'm just not loving the yarn I bought.  It's 100% wool, but it feels more like acrylic.


Still, I love this design and really want to be wearing this sweater, so I'm trying to push through! 

I've said before that when I show in-progress knitting, it's usually been blocked.  This time I haven't blocked the piece.  You can't really see it here, but the cables are set off with eyelets.


Of course, I've got some other side projects going too, so I may be in it for the long haul on this one.  But I still daydream about finishing and wearing it!

Thank you Gerry!

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  1. Oh wow, this stitch is beeeuatiful. You will have a lovely piece by the end.

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    1. I will! I've since discovered that I really like a LOT of this designer's designs too.

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  2. Gerry is a doll! I haven't seen this BT pattern before either and it's lovely. Just the perfect cozy cardigan to throw on when you need it. Push, push, push ....

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    1. It's so hard to keep up with all the greatness out there, isn't it?

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    2. Evelyn, you too are just so nice.
      hugs

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  3. Oh my gosh! Is it weird if I wish I could reach through the screen & touch this? It looks beautiful!

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    1. Hehehe - not weird at all! That's how we fiber freaks roll!

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  4. So. Squishable. I can't even. Handle.

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    1. It is pretty squishable! I hope it retains that after I block it!

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  5. Oooh! It looks lovely. Too bad the yarn doesn't feel better to work with. BTW, your version of not-a-lot-of-progress is still a lot of progress!

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    1. This sweater has a LOT of pieces! This amount is maybe 10% of the whole thing - and it took me a month!

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  6. This is going to suit you so well...

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  7. I don't mean to bad talk any yarn, but Webs yarns aren't my favorite to work with. I'm sure that you will make a gorgeous FO with it anyway, you are talented like that.

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    1. This is the first Webs yarn I've used, but my friends used the Superwash DK and loved it, so I'm reserving judgment!

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  8. Nice texture on that fabric! If you don't like the yarn, would you actually frog it or will you carry on and wear it anyway?

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    1. I like the fabric the yarn creates. I just don't enjoy working with it that much. So I will finish the sweater. It just might take me a while!

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  9. Oh, this is looking amazing! I LOVE this pattern-- you'll look GREAT in this!

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  10. Wow, looks so fancy :) Keep going!! :)

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  11. What a beautiful start! Oh and you had me crackin' up at your "About" page. I totally identify. I'm extremely thorough when it comes to explaining. I think it's the teacher in us?

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  12. Gail, OMG, what a lot of cables ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    Your ribbing and the cabling is just toooo gorgeous, I'm lovin' it.
    Thanks for the lovely compliments, sweet friend.
    hugs 's hugs

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    1. Thanks again, Gerry! This is such a fantastic pattern!

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