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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Beautiful Knitted Jacket - at Long Last


Yes, Finally - after a long and tortured history  with this variagated yarn I have finally finished a loose, throw-over jacket.  Just right for the current cold weather we are having.

ONLY IT DIDN'T SUIT ME.

Yes, once again, this variagated yarn is having the last word.

This time I am listening.

I am not going to try again with this yarn.  

I also think the pattern book, while lovely, is filled with garments that are really not just me.

I think I'll stick with my old tried and true basics in the future.  Made with wool I know and trust - standard 4, 8 and 12 ply, and patterns designed for these yarns.  Good old Cleckheaton, and Sirdar, and Patons, and Jo Sharp yarns and patterns.  In plain styles that I know work for me.

So, for those of you wondering, this is the pattern book:

Claiming that Knitting is Fun.  Not so sure at the moment...

And this was the garment I chose to make:

Yes, well oversized modern chic does not seem to work on me. Maybe you have to have to be a bit taller. 

So , this lovely jacket :





The pattern book and leftover wool:



Have gone to my local Op Shop (our name for Thrift Stores)....

Mind you, in some ways I am sort of pleased - this  is a good garment, unlike many synthetic knits that most people wear nowadays, not knowing the difference between acrylic and wool, and the thermal properties of each, so I know it will keep the wearer warm.

Meanwhile, I am going to knit some simple cowls and a neck warmer  to try and get some fun back into knitting...

Sarah Liz :)




32 comments:

  1. Oh nooooo! How disappointing for you. I'm mostly. A sock knitter - can't go wrong with a pair of lovely hand knitted socks (fingering weight/4ply) and I am a total 'fibre' snob. I do like knitting with wool, silk, cotton, alpaca etc. I hope your cowl knitting works out well and gets you back in the groove!

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    1. Thank you - yes, must get back into the groove ASAP:)

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  2. What a beautiful sweater! I really do like how the variegated yarn looks, and I'm not normally a fan of variegated yarns in sweaters. I'm really sorry to hear that it didn't work for you, but I'm super glad you got it finished! I hope the recipient enjoys it. :)

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    1. Hi Heather, yes, I agree, the variations look great, so I know someone will really love this :)

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  3. :( too bad! I love your sweater.i hope you hang on to it. The perfect occasion might pop up- maybe ?

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    1. Yes, I often keep things because I know that they will be used one day, but this, no. And I have plenty of warm things, so it's best to go to someone else.

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  4. Oh how disheartening, I think I remember you starying this. Big cardis do nothing for me neither, except keep me warm. They add inches to me and just hang off my non existent shoulders !! LOL better luck with the next knitting project

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    1. Hi Louise, yes, I was disappointed, so that was another reason to get rid of the jacket and start new plans.

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  5. How very frustrating! I do not knit, I do not need the soul destruction. Nor do I crochet...

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    1. Making trousers gets you resilient vis-a -vis soul destruction :)

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  6. You are brave to say 'enough is enough' and send all off to the thrift store...... but somehow I thought you were going to wave some sort of magic wand and 'fix' the jacket problems in the end! The jacket's variegations looked lovely in the photos, but the photos did show the oversize-ness... bulkiness... of the fit. Surely your next project will be a success! :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa - sometimes you have to do this. I just know this will look super on a taller, larger lady - as you say, it is too bulky for my small frame. One learns :)

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  7. As a crocheter I appreciate how much time you invested in this - but someone else will love this & wear it proudly .

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    1. Thank you MaryEllen - you are so right :)

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  8. Oh darn, sorry this didn't work out, but if you weren't feeling it then you did the right thing. Sometimes its the best thing to do, walk away and start on a more rewarding project!

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    1. Diana, I quite agree - I was never going to feel it for this jacket. I'm making new plans for knitting a fitted cardigan that will be more me :)

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  9. How annoying for you but it sounds like you have the right attitude regarding the process! I have always wanted to see how that yarn made up so thank you for satisfying my curiosity! I wish you better luck next time.

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    1. Thank you Jacquianne - attitude is all in these situations :)

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  10. Too bad! It is a lovely cardigan that looks like it would be cozy in cold weather. I know you know how I feel when things don't work out -- maybe someone out there will love it and give it a good home!

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    1. Thank you Annie - you are right, someone will love this :)

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    1. Faye, if you were closer, I would have happily given it to you :)

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  12. Boy do I wish I were within 100 miles of your Op Shop - I'd be there in a flash to scoop up this lovliness! I'm a knitter too, and I know the pain of finally finishing that garment only to find it doesn't suit. How nice of you to pass it along instead of wadding it up in a basement closet (my usual solution....)

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    1. I would have loved it to have gone to someone like you, Nancy, who knows the value of a handknit. Don't worry, I have plenty of stuff wadded away in a chest...

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  13. Well, your jacket looks great to me but it must be so disappointing to not love the way it looks on you!!

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    1. It was disappointing, but I also learnt a lot about what suits me.

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  14. It looks nice. Disappointing for you. If you still don't like it in a few weeks, I'm sure someone else will love it.

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    1. Yes, it needs a bigger frame in it - and it has already gone to the Op Shop, because it is cold and this will be needed by someone.

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  15. Oh no, what a shame! It looks lovely too. Would love to have seen it on you. I have an issue with over sized things too. They are so on-trend right now but I think we are a bit too petite for them. At least your loss will be someone elses gain.

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    1. Hello Dawn, there is a reason it is not on me - it really did drown me. I think you are right, the oversized look, unless very carefully done, just drowns people like us. Good for the curvy girls, especially if they are tall.

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  16. Wow! That looks so nice. I can tell a lot of effort went into that.

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