So when I handed my best friend a laptop loaded with my Ravelry account and told her to pick out her next Christmas present, I was really thinking along the lines of a scarf. Or mittens. Best case scenario was a bookmark. But I think we can all guess what happened there. Oh look, she chose a sweater… another sweater… a skirt… a sweater/cowl combo, bitch what aRE YOU THINKING?!
But I digress. As it turns out, I love her. Besides, most of my Christmas presents for her show up about three years late anyway, so I figured I’m in the clear until I’m at least 30 (2015, fyi). So sweater it is. I wanted to document my trials with this so she will see just how much I love her by making her something that may ultimately kill me. YOU ARE MY WORLD, SUGAR PANTS!
Now I bought the yarn about 6 months ago and it’s languished in my stash. So about 3 months ago, I printed out the pattern for the Cabled Pullover and Cowl pattern from Lion Brand and even put in on a clipboard that I’d nailed above my desk. You know, to give me a push. Well, 3 days ago I officially decided to start it. Christmas 2027 here we come.
Look! Real life swatches!
Look! Honest to god casting on!
Sweater! I’m going to knit you so hard!
I did something I never really thought I would do: I bought Red Heart for a garment. I can explain! I had to think about two major issues here: wear and price. I can’t really send her something that isn’t easy care and I was worried about things like pilling. I don’t want to spend a decade knitting something and have it fuzz on the first wash. Second, things like good wool cost money. Ouch amounts of money. Also, a wool sweater is a little impractical for living in the South as there is only one month that would necessitate wearing it. So, that leads us to acrylic. My go to acrylic is I Love This Yarn, the Hobby Lobby brand. Unfortunately, our closest Hobby Lobby is about an hour away and the ILTY brand tends to stretch – also not a good trait for garments. I have quite a bit of the Vanna Solids, but have found that to pill more than I would like. Yes, Red Heart sort of feels like a scouring pad, but it has good durability, price, and is tough. I’ve heard that you can soften it up quite a bit with some proper care, so here’s to hoping. At least the color is pretty. Wish me luck and let me know if you have any tips!
Look out world! Mama’s knitting a sweater! For realz!
ALSO! I’m really excited about new Craftsy classes! They are debuting four new classes this week. I signed up for (and paid for) their Brioche Knitting class ages ago and have yet to finish it. I’m so lazy. But you should check them out since their classes are always worth it. I’ve added the links below if you want more detials.