April 13, 2005

Voila Tintin!

Here it is:


I haven’t got a modelled shot yet, though I promise I will. Here’s a picture of it with the sleeves extended, though, to tide you over until then.

Specs for the sweater are in the sidebar. Notes to myself for the next sweater I design for Mark — make the body longer (hip length) and the sleeves a little shorter. They’re ok, but not perfect. Otherwise I’m really happy with how this turned out. I love the blue, and the picture came out even better than I’d hoped. Now all we have to do is find occasions for Mark to wear it! Probably not until the fall, though….

While I was waiting for the back to block and seaming up the sweater, I cast on for my next project, out of the Turino silk I mentioned a few entries ago. I decided on a top-down raglan, following the formula given here. This is my first top-down project and I’m liking it so far — it certainly gives me alot of flexibility. I don’t have enough of any one colour to do a whole top, so on the advice of some of the ladies at the SnB I’m combining the blue and grey, with some stripes on the yoke, the cuffs, and the hem. Here’s what I have so far:


I still may not have enough yarn for a full sweater, so this may end up being a t-shirt. I’ll see — I’ll finish the body, and then see how long I can make the sleeves. I’m not quite sure what to do about the collar, though — it curls a little, especially at the v-neck, so I thought about putting a row or two of garter stitch around the edge — but how would that look down the edge of the stripes? Would it break up the pattern too much? Any ideas?

I’m off to Stephanie’s book launch tonight — I’m starting to think it’s going to be quite crowded, so I think I’ll try to be there pretty early. After all, I can just knit while I wait! If you’re going, I’ll see you there! I’ll be working on my silk raglan.

Posted by Aven at April 13, 2005 01:55 PM

It’s so adorable! I can’t wait to see the modelled shot.

Posted by: monica at April 13, 2005 02:34 PM

Both sweaters look great! I think the garter might work well on your neckline, but it may be one of those things that you just have to try with intent to rip if it’s not to your liking.

Posted by: Anita at April 13, 2005 03:18 PM

Your Tintin sweater just rocks. I love it.

Posted by: Jessica at April 14, 2005 01:53 AM

The sweater looks great Aven! I am sure that Mark will get a ton of wear out of it. And the raglan is looking great as well!

Posted by: Dani at April 14, 2005 07:09 AM

It looks great!

Posted by: Lydia at April 14, 2005 07:53 AM

Le pull Tintin - c’est magnifique!

Posted by: fillyjonk at April 14, 2005 08:36 AM

Wow - Mark’s sweater turned out fabulous! As always, I am amazed at your FOs.

Posted by: lisa at April 14, 2005 08:37 AM

Thanks for coming last night Aven, and the tin-tin sweater? Let’s not show it to Sam.

Posted by: Stephanie at April 14, 2005 08:54 AM

It looks great! And thanks for posting the link to the Raglan.

Posted by: Rebekah at April 14, 2005 11:15 AM

I LOVE the Tintin sweater! I must show my husband—it looks fabulous!

Posted by: Heidi at April 14, 2005 11:26 AM

The sweater looks awesome! and I am amazed at how fast you must knit …. I’m also doing a top-down raglan, and I’m at the same spot you are after WEEKS. :) I can’t wait to see the Tintin modelled.

Posted by: Jeannie at April 14, 2005 07:37 PM

Fan-freaking-tastic! That is the coolest. Now I have to go try one myself. I may be 80 by the time I get to it but it’s on the to do list! Great job!

Posted by: Ande at April 15, 2005 11:28 AM

How completely wonderful! That’s the best sweater I’ve seen in a while; reminds me of those wacky knit-o-graph patterns that I love so much. This type of blog post is the kind that keeps the blog-ring spinning…thanks!

Posted by: Lisa, Mike, Jack, Della at April 15, 2005 12:11 PM

Wonderful! I love it, I can’t wait to see the model shot.

Posted by: Paula at April 15, 2005 10:31 PM

i love the sweater - but what i really want to see is a close up of the little tag you have sewn into the neck.

Posted by: jacqueline at April 16, 2005 07:31 AM