February 20, 2004

Yes, it's a sweater!

Done! Here’s the Lett-Lopi sweater in all its finished glory, handsomely modeled by my husband Mark:


It needs some blocking and/or wearing to stretch it out a bit (how does one block these round-shouldered Lopi sweaters? They’re so circular, I’m a little unsure of how to lay them out), but he’s happy with it.

This is the second time I’ve knit this pattern for Mark. He liked the first sweater, which was in a blue colourway, very much, and wanted a grey Lopi sweater as well. When he couldn’t find another pattern he liked, he asked me to just make the same sweater again, in a different colour. Here are the two together:


The older sweater has stretched, relaxed, and settled (I never blocked it, so it’s just through wearing) so that it is somewhat larger and the pattern parts lie flatter. The biggest difference, though, is that the blue sweater is much softer to the touch. It’s the same yarn, but with wearing it’s softened up remarkably; all the itchiness is gone, and the fabric doesn’t feel much different than one knit from a normal fine wool. And that’s only through wearing, because it’s never been washed. (In Toronto there are only a certain number of days when it’s cold enough for such a warm sweater, so it hasn’t had extremely heavy use).

Anyway, I’m very happy with how the project turned out, and just as happy to be able to start something new! Though I might spend a couple of days devoting all my energy to Rogue, to get the body well underway, before I begin another project.

Have a great weekend!

Posted by Aven at February 20, 2004 12:26 PM

The sweater is so beautiful. You did an excellent job.

Posted by: Nancy at February 20, 2004 05:21 PM

Great work! This type of sweater is what fired me up enough to really learn to knit in grad school (that and the cold damp weather in central Pennsylvania). Both sweaters are gorgeous, it’s good to know the Lopi softens with time, although I can’t imagine ever wearing it against my skin.

Posted by: Patty at February 22, 2004 10:23 AM

Hmmm, seems there just may be a big delay, as this box was apparently lurking somewhere on my screen. Not that I remember what I was going to say. Probably that the Lopi I Lovely and Mark is Lucky.
Love, your alliterate L-Mom

Posted by: Mom at February 23, 2004 02:57 PM

How did I miss this Lopi when I was here the other day? I can’t believe you’ve made TWO of them, and they’re SO gorgeous! Fabulous. And I love the color of your Rogue….

Posted by: Rachael at February 28, 2004 11:56 AM