Saturday, March 30, 2013

Me in Frost

It's been a hectic few weeks around here, and it's only now that I feel like I have any mojo to write a blog post. In quick summary: we're getting ready to move to another province, and life is full of all the things that come along with that. We've got dreams to chase and responsibilities to look after, and now is the time to take care of both.

My projects have been a great distraction to me during this time. When my brain was overwhelmed, I switched to yarn-mode and dreamed about my planned projects, colour-combinations, pattern details... a pleasure in the midst of a chaotic mind.

Completed last night: my sweater, which I call Frost Lily, based on Marnie McLean's Lily. I say "based on" because, while most of the details are the same, I wrangled with the pattern a lot to get this thing to fit me the way I wanted. This sweater spent a lot of time looking like this:

  • longer, wider sleeves, to accomodate my hulking arms
  • fewer decreases for the waist, because I am not the hourglass shape that this sweater seems to be designed for
  • added length to the narrowest part of the body to accommodate my torso
  • 2x2 ribbing at the bottom edge, arm cuffs, and neckline.

I found the instructions for the yoke really hard to understand, and it took me three times (read: ripped out three times) to get something I liked. I ditched the instructions to change the rate of decreases and just decreased the sleeve cap every other row and the body every third row until the neckline reached where I wanted it to. This helped to accommodate my wide shoulders as well.

In the end, I am very, very happy with it... but man, if there was a sweater to motivate me to keep the weight off, this is it! It was interesting to learn that 4.75 skeins of Cascade 220 is enough to make a sweater for me. I bet that if I used five, I could make a sweater and still eat a few cookies...

Mmm... cookies... snack time!


YarnKettle said...

Oh your new sweater looks so nice. It shows off all the hard work you did on your figure.
Is your move going ok? They can be quite disorienting, I know.

AdrieneJ said...

We haven't started moving yet, but we've put the house up for sale and we're starting to get our stuff organized. I'm trying to decide how to pack my stash!

YarnKettle said...

WHew for a minute there I read I deciding how much to sell my stash. Not the yarn!
The stash is safe. Don't forget to pack extra projects when you do move. You don't want to run out when you can not access anything. Heaven forbid if you were far from a yarn store too.

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Suzanne Parker said...

Beautiful sweater!

AdrieneJ said...

Thanks! I can't wait until it's cool enough to wear it again!