Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The end is near.

Yesterday I finally finished the second sleeve of my Lauren sweater!  I'm so excited to be able to finish this up over the next few days.  It's been a long haul - I started this project on December 4, and have been working on it very consistently since then.  It takes a long time to knit an extreme dolman sweater on #2 needles with fingering yarn - the sleeves are almost as wide as the back!

Here are my steam-blocked pieces, ready to be sewn together:


Once that's done, I just have to pick up the stitches around the neck and work 4 rows of reverse stockinette before binding off.  And then I can sew on these lovelies:


The silvery ring is like sparky glitter!

And I've already swatched for my next sweater . . . heavier yarn and bigger needles this time!

25 comments:

  1. I've tried to get into knitting but it seems it's not that into me. Can't wait to see the sweater finished!

    And P.S. I nominated you for a Liebster Award... feel free to re-post about it or not :) Just wanted to nominate you!
    http://kathhhhhysews.blogspot.com/2013/02/liebster-blog-award.html

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    1. I saw that - thank you! I'm woefully lazy about reposting the awards, but you never know: sometimes a leopard can change its spots!

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  2. That's going to look lovely. Kim Hargreaves does like her fine yarns and small needles, doesn't she? The first pattern of hers I knitted I was ready to hang myself by the end of it - 2.25mm and 2.75mm needles!

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    1. She sure does, but so do I! I did this one on 2.25 and 2.75. Since I knit rather loosely, I always have to go down a size or two.

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  3. Your work is so accurate and I really like your button choice!

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    1. Thank you! They really jumped out at me when I went to the button shop - almost ready to sew them on!

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  4. It does look incredibly...precise, all blocked and folded like that! Dolman sleeves are a bit daunting in such fine yarn. I am dreading mine!

    I like how mentally you are already on to the next project. Girl after my own heart.

    ;-)

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    1. Oh yeah - I'm pretty much always thinking about the "next thing!"

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  5. This looks perfect! I have this Kim Hargreaves book and have always loved this pattern- looks so pretty styled with her little silk neck scarf. Look forward to seeing yours all stitched up!
    I am always annoyingly attracted to projects that use teeny needles and fine yarn too- take forever but look so nice! :o

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    1. I'm going to try to style mine the same way :-)

      These projects do take an awfully long time, but it's worth it to me for the fabric it makes. And I'm also trying to slow down in my knitting - I probably have 100 sweaters sitting around here!

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  6. A lovely 'dish of chocolates' !

    Hugs

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    1. Hehehe, they do look like chocolates, don't they?! Now I want some candy!

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  7. Yep, that totally looks like chocolates. I can imagine that big project feels great to be coming to a close. Excited to see it!

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    1. It really does, especially since I've been dreaming about this sweater for a couple years. My dream is about to turn into reality!

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  8. Ooh! This is beautiful! I LOVE the look of sweaters knit in fingering yarns, but I'm just so impatient! I love the texture and color of this sweater.

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    1. It was a long time to spend looking at brown, but it's a color that fits so well into my wardrobe, so it will be worth it!

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  9. What beautiful knitting! That sweater is big for fingering weight. Lots 'o sleeve!

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  10. God bless big needles and aran weight yarn! It's a beautiful sweater, though.

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    1. Hehehe - already started my next one: on size 7 needles for a break!

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  11. I can't believe you're almost done ... your Lauren is fantastic!

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  12. Ooh exciting.. can't wait to see it! I have some favourited projects in this weight of yarn but I'm too chicken to do them yet hee hee :P

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    1. I love knitting with fingering weight yarn - it just feels comfortable to me. But the projects do take much longer!

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  13. Ooh! This looks so lovely and those buttons! I love the st pattern.

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