To boldly go where this knitter has never gone before…
After reading my new book, Knitting without Tears, by Elizabeth Zimmerman, I have decided to take a leap of faith and attempt to design my own sweater. I will be following her Seamless Saddle Shoulder sweater pattern, which requires a bit more thinking and…. MATH… than I am used to. She suggests finding a favorite sweater that fits well and measuring that for starters. Then I would have to choose my yarn, swatch to determine gauge… and then do the math to figure out how many stitches to cast on. The only thing that I would like to ADD to the pattern would be a little shaping so it’s not too boxy. And of course I will be adding my own colors and intarsia design.
What I was looking for in a sweater was something fun and *warm* to wear snowboarding. I want it to look similar to a typical ski sweater, but with the snowboarding “edge.” Us boarders have to look a little edgy, you know! (Funny coming from a suburbanite DINKY). I am planning on having the colors be a darker grey and blue, Project Spectrum colors of course! The colors also happen to match my snow gear and brand spanking new board. The sweater will have a blue stipe across the chest that has a cross type intarsia section- I’d like this to look like a cross between the ski-patrol symbol and a snowflake. Or maybe the ski patrol cross with “V” coming out from it. I’ll have to work on this design after the yarn & gauge is determined and chart it out- also a first for me!
The goal date of the project would be ASAP so I could wear it boarding this year.
As far a yarns go, I am thinking a bulky weight so it will be nice and thick, but knit on smaller needles. Next week I am hoping to chat with the owner of my LYS store and get her feedback. I’m trying to buy local!
And now, the cable-oops operation
After making a mistake in the cable all the way down here… I am attempting to rip back the center section and reknit before I rip out the whole enchilada. Stay tuned.
One more FO!
Now that all the gifts pants are done, I finally finished mine. Next up- the matching tops for my DH, FIL, and me.
Another check on my resolutions…. 🙂