Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A year of sweaters

Well, 13 months to be exact. I can't believe it has been that long since I dared to try my first sweater. The truth is, as soon as I knew how to knit the garter stitch I tried about three different sweater patterns for the kids. They all ended in tears because I had no idea how to read the patterns.
It did end up coming to me, but I wish I had taken a pattern into my Local Yarn Shop. They are so helpful. That is the best advice I can give someone who is trying to learn, find someone who can read a pattern.


There have been a few frogs, along the way. If I don't wear it, it gets recycled.
I have always been a big sweater lover. Since I have started knitting I have not purchased one sweater. Not one. It is hard to resist sometimes, but I do.
I keep telling myself to start doing more smaller projects. There have been a few of those too. Mitts, a few hats, but sweaters are my true love. So, I will keep knitting what I love.
The one I wear the most, The Double Breasted Cardi.
The one I wear the least, The Kelly Cardi.
The one I get the most compliments on, Lauren.
The one that took the longest to knit, Surface.
I am almost done with another one...for me of course. More on that later.

28 comments:

crochetgurl said...

They're all beautiful. I wish I could knit as prolificaly as you!

I'm also about 3 inches away from finishing a sweater too.

MichelleB said...

Well, I see I need to another book on my list! I didn't realize that you were such a new sweater knitter. You certainly are a fearless knitter. And fast! I'm (still!) working on my February Lady, and I despair ever finishing it. But I'm NOT giving up!

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

Amazing...all in a year? That's quite a feat. One of these days I'll try knitting a sweater, need a few more skills first.

Atlanticsong said...

Congratulations! I LOVE that you posted your year of sweaters this way. I have many of the same books and patterns as you but with a new baby, new house, etc this year got to do very little knitting of my own and therefore tremendously enjoyed seeing your knits from the same books. I'm also a sweater lover - nothing can make me buy a new knitting book like seeing a sweater I love and feeling like I have to have it! Hope you're enjoying your new chicks now. Our pullets are nearly grown! Sara

jessieg said...

You are my knitting role model. I think in everything you do, whether it be writing or yoga or knitting, you should have a role model. You are my knitting role model. You bring inspiration and dreams of what I want to knit. Thanks!

My open roads said...

wow, that's amazing! you're so talented!

FinnyKnits said...

Oh, that's a great list! I love to know which sweaters people knit AND WEAR. That tweed coat though? LOVE THAT.

I'm three hems away from finishing Bubba's seamless hybrid sweater. For some reason, I'm stalling on the finish. I am afraid it'll be finally done and then it'll not fit/be ugly/languish in the closet forever.

Suzanne said...

This is such a cool post -- a peek back into the last year of your life!

Marsel said...

Such accomplishments!!!

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

talented you, they are fabulous..what an accomplishment in 12 months!

Erin O. said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful. Reading patterns is my weakness, that's why I'm not the greatest knitter. Glad to see that there is hope!

Lina said...

Wow, I've been following your blog for a while and figured you were a seasoned knitter, I had no idea that you just started knitting sweaters. That gives me hope! I'm a new knitter and am frogging a lot! Mostly I've worked on smally projects, gloves and hats, but am ready for a sweater!

stitching under oaks said...

wow! I just started reading your blog recently and it was so fun to see all the sweaters you've knit! They are all beautiful. You're an amazing knitter!

Journeying Five said...

love all your sweaters, your double cardi is my fav! way to go!

QuiltedSimple said...

I love all your sweaters - especially the double cardi. I'm still wondering how you do it all though with 3 little ones....
Kris

Hilary said...

Impressive! And what's amazing is that they are all AMAZING sweaters!

Hilary said...

Wow...do I really only know 2 adjectives? Let's try that again...

Impressive! And what's amazing is that they're all lovely, well-made sweaters that fit you well! Not a dud in the bunch!

cathleen said...

What a beautiful stack of cozy sweaters. You really should be wonderfully proud of yourself. I am....of you!!!

seashoreknits said...

oh love the display - and love how you "ranked" them for us. I love sweaters too and I ran off and immediately friended you on ravelry so I can keep up with your latest creations. Beautiful work!!

Steph said...

WOW! I am so impressed - lucky 13!

tiennie said...

You are amazing! What a year of sweaters!

elliebelle said...

Your sweaters sure are amazing. I wish I had more patience for knitting sweaters. I tend to like smaller projects.

Allison said...

YOu make me want to start knitting again, the only problem is I mega stink at it. Seriously.........SO.BAD.

Jessica said...

As I'm stitching each little stitch on my first sweater I'm totally in awe of all of those sweaters you finished this year. Definitely inspiration for me to get my needles flying!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Wow, that's really impressive! I have not yet completed a sweater for myself, but one day I will! All your sweaters have been gorgeous. I don't think there is one I haven't liked.

Marcia said...

Wow! That is alot of knitting. I have sweaters that I've been working on for years and you have a pile of sweaters in one year. You go girl. I really love how you rated them: favorite, least worn etc. Brilliant!

a friend to knit with said...

you are TOTALLY productive! i love it.

now get that kelly cardigan into rotation more! it looks adorable on you!!!

amandajean said...

my goodness, woman! that's an impressive stack o' sweaters! it was fun to see which one you wear the most, the least, etc. i am getting the urge to knit a sweater, too...love the portablitiy of the knit project, esp. for summer.