Monday, January 14, 2008

The Portland Sweater

Well, I finally have my light weight sweater finished and just In time for the cold front we are getting. Had I finished this last week when we were still having 60 and 70 degree days, I could have worn it. But this morning the temperature was in the 30s as I left for work, so the sweater has been put on a shelf until spring weather returns.

This sweater was easy to knit, but maybe a little boring because it is all stockinette stitch except for the shoulders and edges and that is garter stitch. The sweater didn't involve any seaming either and I liked that. The sleeves were knit first and then joined together to begin the body of the sweater.

I think what helped make this sweater was the yarn. I really like the way the yarn feels and I'm a little surprised by that because of all the synthetic fibers. I'm usually not one that likes too much rayon and polyester in my clothes at all - but I like this sweater. The fabric does have a nice drape and softness.

I also love the colors. The little coils in the yarn knit up and gave the stockinette fabric quite a bit of interest. I'm looking forward to wearing this sweater - but I think I"ll need to wear a camisole or t-shirt underneath.

Oh, and that goofy look on my face? Well I'm not yet used to taking my own picture. I got a tripod and a remote control for my camera for Christmas. I can now take my own finished project shots with me as a model.

Project Info
Pattern: The Portland Sweater by Valley Yarns (Webs)
Yarn: Noro Sakura - color #5; 13 skeins;
36% rayon, 28% polyester,
18% nylon, 11% silk,
7% lamb's wool
Needles: addi TURBO - US# 6 (4 mm)
Notes: no modifications were made while knitting this pattern

17 comments:

Deb said...

It's not a goofy look - it's a confident look! And by the way - 30is warm if you live here!!

elizabeth said...

Oooh, that's so pretty! I LOVE those colors! I'm wondering if I can crank out a wool sweater while it's still cool enough to wear it here in the South. Maybe...

jackie said...

that's awesome! the sakura looks really cool an interesting in spite of all the stockinette. and just wait--that spring weather will be back in a week or so, or at least that's how it seems around here lately--one cold week, one warm...

we should try again on that whole knitting at work thing sometime soon. :)

Trillian42 said...

It's adorable! And it looks really, really cute on you!

Zonda said...

Lovely colors in there! It looks good, yay for a sweater that fits huh! :)

gilraen said...

You look fabulous in that! :)

Or does it look fabulous on you?

No you both look fantastic, that's it :D

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Fabulous job!! It looks great on you!! I love love love the colors too!!

Monika said...

Awesome! You finished a sweater and can wear it too! I'm so jeleous! I don't think I could wear this yarn though, barely can stand it as shawl, but it sure looks lovely!

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

Love the colors! it looks great!

Red Rocket said...

Wow, that is one gorgeous sweater!

Leslie said...

Nice job! The colors are gorgeous.

Esoteric Knitter said...

It's fantastic! You look super cute in your photo.

turtlegirl76 said...

It looks fabulous on you! And your hair looks great too!

angelarae said...

The sweater looks great on you! So pretty:) That's what I need to do, knit something for myself.

Ang

Dame Wendy said...

Gawjus! The colors are beautiful on you. :)

Bezzie said...

Gorgeous! I love it!

Mom said...

The sweater (and you) look maaaavelous!!! I bet you're glad that's done. It would look good with a cami or tee underneath. I like the drape - soft and flowing.
Wow it just dawned on me - it's only the middle of January '08 and you already have one project finished - this could be the biggest year ever for finished projects. Of course that's not considering the completed yarn from your spinning - if you consider that your total will go through the roof. You go girl....