Friday, January 25, 2008
the perfect sweater
I think I might have just finished knitting my perfect sweater.
What do you think ? Doesn't it look amazing ? And it's such an easy pattern, just four knitted squares sewn together. It's all about the yarn, really. Now I know what everyone is talking about when they rave about Noro. It is somewhat expensive (well, it is japanese handspun yarn) but totally worth it. The colors are just gorgeous, and after it's washed it does soften up a lot. I can actually use it against the skin now, which means it's really, really soft. I already have plans to make another one, maybe in tones of red this time.
Pattern: Klaralund, from the Noro - Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Collection Book Number 2
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, color 156 (6 skeins)
Needles: 5 mm
Needless to say, I did make a few changes ... first the yarn - I used Kureyon instead of Silk Garden, but that's because I loved the colors on this Kureyon and their yardage and weight is pretty much the same. I think that Silk Garden probably has a better drape, but I've also read that it doesn't become so soft. I'm using SG on the Sparreholm, so I can later confirm if that's true or not.
I made a few decreases and increases on the sides, to give it some shape at the waistline, and although I totally improvised that, it turned out better than I expected. Also, I didn't make the garter stitch rib at the top of the body pieces.
Finally, the sleeves are much shorter than on the original pattern, but that's because I didn't have enough yarn (the pattern calls for 9 skeins, and I only had 6). I think I actually prefer it this way, but for my next one I might go with the full length sleeve version.
Totally unrelated, but I just had to show you these beautiful fabrics I got yesterday. They were a gift from Sean and Nanako, owners of Barcelona's Nunoya. They are currently in Lisbon for a short visit and we finally managed to meet up last night. Guys, I hope you had a great time and I'm not to blame if you become addicted to those egg tarts).
These fabrics and some other new ones will be available at their online shop soon.
So I'm off till the end of the month. Next week will be all about snow and hopefully some great skiing. Have a great week !