Leaf Lace Pullover

Leaf Lace Pullover

When I teach my beginners knitting class I always tell them that learning to knit is just like learning to do anything else – it will take time.  When you learn how to drive you don’t start on the highway, you start in an empty parking going slow getting to know the gas and brake.  When you learn the piano you practice simple scales day in and out and then tackle Beetoven’s 5th Symphony.

So even while I tell them how it just takes practice while repeating the mantra, "the more you do it the better you become," it still surprises me when I can finish a FO in what seams like record time that my own silly advice actually works.  Here I am in my car doing 110mph on the autobon blazing a trail…

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A few thoughts on this delicously comfortable sweater:
– I would defintitely next time make the torso a bit longer – I don’t mind it as I’m 5’3 and it seems like a perfect fit, but one or two more rows might give it that extra comfort look.
– Seaming the sleeves was the toughest for me to handle as I found it hard making it fit into the already established hole instead of laying it flat like I did with my CPH.  I made it work but it felt slightly akward.
– the yarn was so soft! Again I used Sheep Shop Yarn, Sheep 2 in green which I picked up at my LYS.  I’ve never used it before and found it to be so soft and such a joy to knit with.  I love the color too – its beautiful change from light to dark really brought this sweater together for me.
– You need to block it pretty roughly to get the wide neck in this sweater. I kept pulling at it to make sure it looked right.

The finding and sewing the button was perhaps longer to do than knitting the sweater itself.  I got a little lazy in the end but finally finished it up.   I’m two sweaters more than I’ve ever done before and I cannot wait to cast on for another! (only… which one!?)

the perfect (knit) storm

What do you get when you have large needles, a soft and luxurious bulky yarn, a fabulous pattern and a sheer obsession of knitting?

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Why a nearly finished Leaf Lace Pullover, of course.  All the pieces are knit and are now being seamed and set to block this very evening.  What can I tell you that you perhaps can already assume?  I love the yarn, the pattern was easy and straight forward to follow, and the absolute speed at which this knit up is slightly spoiling. I say that only because my next hopeful knits, the seamless hybrid and glee, both have much smaller gauges and won’t knit up as quick as this did.  I certainly have plans on making another – perhaps for a friend.  There is a small mistake with the pattern as I’m sure other people have mentioned – it says to bind off the top portion of the sweater only to kitcherner it up later…  silly, Rabbit, Trix like that are for kids.  Other than that I love the pattern. Loop D Loop is such a creative book which only inspires more fabulous knits.

I do though have some other WIPs that will make the other sweater knitting go faster.  Lest ye forget that I still have to finish one monkey sock and another fetching mitt (why oh why haven’t I done it sooner considering how fast that is as well?  one must succumb to the knit cravings)

I feel a bit on a low swing in the knitphoria having finished two huge projects back to back so quickly… I’m like, "hmmm ok, what’s next?"  I know when I get the yarn for the other projects my knit mojo will be kicked back up, until then I will wait for my leaf lace to dry.. can you say Photoshoot!