Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yarn along-my first sweater


Please forgive my awesome hair, I was on my way to the Y to work out.

Ok so I finished my first sweater. It was fun to make, but here's the thing...it doesn't fit her. Not even close. I knew it would be big and was thinking she would grow into it, but the arms are way too long and the neck is too wide. I know there is a magical thing called blocking that is supposed to make everything better, but is it really that magical? I'm sad cause I spent most of a month and more money than I want to admit to working on this and now it looks like she won't even be able to wear it. Sigh.

As for books, I'm reading Growing Into Goodness, essays on Quaker education by my former professor Paul Lacey. I also read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, since it's finally out in paperback. It's just like all the others, thrilling, disturbing and a quick read.

Linking with Ginny for more yarn and books.

8 comments:

Swanski said...

Congrats on the sweater finishing! I'm afraid that blocking will only make it wider or longer. Maybe unknit the sleeve edges to shorten the sleeves? And run elastic in the neck to tighten it up? The other drastic option is to take it all apart and re knit the whole sweater (I'm sure you do not want to do that)....good luck! You can email me if you have any other specific questions.

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

No advice really, I'm about to learn how to do sleeves on my first adult sized sweater myself but I did want to say it is a gorgeous shade of red!

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

Ugh. So sorry it didn't work out like you hoped. But great job anyway!! Learn from it and move forward, I say... Ps? Did you *gasp!* do a gauge swatch?

mama cindy said...

Well, she's going to grow and maybe it will fit better in the fall when she heads off to school. I also have some ideas of what you could do to fix it. You'll have to send the sweater to me though. Oh, and you'll have to send the girl too (Please!), so I can try it on her to be sure the adaptations work. At any rate, I say "Good job!" That's what first attempts are all about.

Baby By The Sea said...

I am so happy for you! Your first sweater is insanely awesome for it'll teach you so much for your next one. She looks happy to receive it, nonetheless. And who knows how she'll grow. My eldest got a lopsided kind of one as a four year old that looks like a vintage-tiny cardigan that works perfect with dresses for first grade now. It looks super fashionable. You could make the sleeves three-quarter, like a baseball t?
I love it..

Anonymous said...

Aunt Linda says, as you go you can measure against the model and if you need longer or shorter sleeves adjust your pattern accouringly. Once you get beyond the beginner patterns many come with adaptions so you can customize.

Leslie said...

Since you both are smiling, I'll smile too. but what a disappointment. Great color and beautiful knitting. My only thought, besides ripping, is sew up the side seams and sleeves to make smaller. Elastic around neck good idea. to shorten sleeves -- Run a life line above proper length "cut sleeve" I almost shut my eyes when I wrote this and knit a new cuff. Or wait, kids grow! Good Luck.

oma said...

ugh! i HEAR you! the sweater i've been working on for J won't fit until she's in kindergarten (or maybe middle school) and i have no idea if it will be proportioned right. it is indeed so disappointing. i'm with the other commenters about shortening sleeves and i'm happy to look it over with you. it really is adorable, no matter the fit. (as is your hair.) :)