Monday, November 13, 2006

Handspun Sweater

It's been a long while in the making.

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I bought 1000g of Corriedale roving in the (now discontinued) "Hazelnut" colorway last year at Fibrefest International with a plan to make my husband a sweater. I spent a couple of months spinning it into a 2 ply sportsweight and then started in on the knitting. I designed the sweater myself using Sweater Wizard. I came up with the basic size and shaping using one of his favorite old sweaters and then used the ribbing pattern from "Leo".

16 comments:

Teresa C said...

Just perfect! And it is all yours. Congratulations.

Michelle said...

Wow Marlene, it's absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful work.

Nicole said...

Does he like it? I wish I could make a sweater for my husband but he doesn't really wear them... he's always too hot.

Sue said...

Wwll worth the wait - gorgeous sweater!

Marlene said...

Yes Teresa he is perfect and he's all mine. Oh...you probably mean the sweater? Yes, well that too I guess. ;-)

Thanks Michelle, it was fun, but I'm glad to be done and on to the knitting for the granddaughter-to-be.

Yes Nicole, I think he does. I'm making him wait two weeks before he can wear it though, as I want to take it to the guild's Show and Tell on the 23rd.

He wears sweaters a lot, but usually the wash 'n' wear type. His favorite sweater is one that my mom made decades ago. It's acrylic and can be thrown in the washer and dryer. It remains to be seen how this "handwash only" sweater will go over.

Thanks Sue, if I wasn't so swamped with other "must do" projects I would probably miss working on it.

Dave said...

It's beautiful. Great colour, and great fit. Truly a labour of love!

dragon knitter said...

that is gorgeous!

Lauri said...

the sweater is beautiful, great work!!

Jodie said...

Love the color. I think I'm finally ready to spin a huge project. Can't reveal what yet though.

June said...

Very nice! It's nice to see a man in color, too! (Most prefer "any color, as long as it's blue, brown, or grey.")

fiberfanatic said...

A wonderful sweater, and it fits him perfectly! I'm impressed!

sopranospinner said...

Hope he loves it. I sure do! I wonder if I will ever spin enough of one thing to make a sweater...right now I obsess about mitered squares so I can change yarns whenever.

Marlene said...

Thanks everyone for the compliments. The color truly is beautiful, moreso in person than it is in the photos. It is also a color combination that seems to "go" with everything you could possibly imagine. It has blue, beige, rust, brown and black in it.

Dave and Fiberfanatic, with a good sized gauge swatch, Sweater Wizard, and the measurements from a well fitting sweater you just can't go wrong. The stretchy, all over ribbing helps too!

Jodie and sopranospinner, although it takes some dedication and perserverance, spinning for a large project is very satisfying.

Carrie said...

Wow. The sweater is wonderful. I don't think it could fit any better. My husband doesn't like 'chunky' sweaters, so I will definitely be trying the Leo pattern myself... thanks for the photo!

aija said...

What an accomplishment, it looks great!

Maggie Ann said...

Your handsome husband looks sharp in his fabulous sweater. How many men can boast that his wife spun the very yarn she then knitted! Outstanding talents you have...I'm impressed...grin.