February 13, 2005

I can't believe I knit the whole thing!

Ta da!


The sweater for my father is finished! I started it October 15, 2004 — it took just over four months, though I wasn’t working on it as my main project for most of that time. Details about yarn and pattern are in the sidebar.

The ribbing makes the seams particularly pleasing, I think — the armhole


and the sleeve seam, where the increases in rib produce a nice pattern:


I sewed it all together last night, and then today I washed it and laid it out to dry — which will take several days, I think. I’m afraid that the sleeves are too long, so I’m trying to block them shorter, though I don’t know how well that will work. I can’t wait to see it on my dad, though! I hope he gets some chances to wear it before spring; knowing Ottawa weather, he should.

I can hardly believe I’ve finally finished this project — I’m very, very happy with the final result, and glad to have done it, but it did seem to go on forever — mainly because I didn’t concentrate on it, of course. Now I just need to finish the grey sweater and I can move on to something for myself!

Reading Week begins tomorrow — Mark and I are taking one day off completely from school and work on Monday, which will be lovely. We won’t be doing anything very exciting — just the thought of having no plans and nothing to accomplish makes me rather giddy, though. I may well get some knitting done — but only if I feel like it!

Posted by Aven at February 13, 2005 08:09 PM

Congratulations, just one question: how big is your dad? (not that I want to be indiscreet or anything, just to make a quick calculation of the size of the sweater)

Posted by: Maria at February 13, 2005 08:29 PM

Looks great! I bet your dad will get a lot of use out of it

Posted by: Toni at February 13, 2005 10:05 PM

It looks great Aven. Jeez, all that fishermans rib makes my wrists hurt looking at it. I am sure your dad will love it

Posted by: Dani at February 14, 2005 06:20 AM

Wow, looking good! My monitor sucks, so I can’t see the details very well :(. But I’m sure your dad will love it. What a lucky guy!

Posted by: missbedora at February 14, 2005 06:48 AM

Isn’t it an amazing thing to finish a whole sweater? I have made quite a few over the 40 years I have been knitting, but am still awed that I stuck it out through so many twists and turns! Your dad will be quite thrilled. Congrats!

Posted by: birdsong at February 15, 2005 12:57 PM