Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A new friend, an old friend

Architectural Rib Pullover

Architectural Rib Pullover
Pattern by Norah Gaughan in The Natural Knitter
Yarn: Alice Starmore Dunedin in color 999
Used 7.5 skeins
Started 12/23/2007
Finished 1/27/2008

Yes, I'm lifting the format from Brooklyn Tweed. I followed the pattern as written since the construction is a bit unusual. If I were to knit this again, I would make the collar about 3/4" shorter. This is a relatively easy pattern, using make 1 increases and k2tog and ssk decreases to provide the shaping. The center front and back rib panels are knit as one piece. You pick up stitches along each side for the sides and sleeves. It only has two seams. This is the first Norah Gaughan I've knitted and I love how clever this is.

In addition to finishing the sweater, I started teaching my daughter to sew. We picked out fabric for a pencil skirt at Piedmont Fabric. I came home and got an old friend out of the closet.

Hello old friend My Bernina, which has not seen the light of day in about two years. Which is somewhat surprising because I used to make most of my clothes. Before we started the sewing lesson, I got my fabric stash out (it's quite small and fits in a large storage bin, which was not the case years ago). We looked at the stashed fabric and my daughter claimed several pieces for herself, which is fine because someone should use it. I got out some fat quarters for her to practice sewing seams on. Then we moved on to the pattern stash, which sadly is very small compared to the stash I had before my divorce. The best find in the patterns was a discontinued Vogue pattern by Issey Miyake for a raincoat. I don't think the sewing machine is going back in the closet for a long time because I want to sew!


Anonymous said...

Wow, that sweater is gorgeous! We want a model shot!

Kristine said...

Girl! My god, your sweater is beautiful! You whipped that thing out. I can't wait to see it.

Celina said...

I've made that raincoat, it is HUGE, but I love it. It was so worth the sewing.
That sweater looks gorgeous, I love her designs.

Maia said...

The sweater is gorgeous! I want a model shot too!