Thursday, January 3, 2008

I can't believe it...

Hela Zip Front Cardi
Originally uploaded by spinknit

I cast off the Hela tonight. I honestly did. I have never knit a sweater faster, or loved one more. Now I need to sew in all the ends, graft the underarms, buy a zipper, and *gulp*.. cut the steek. I have never even seen one done before, so I think I'll spend a while doing research before I take out the scissors. That, and buy tequila.

My friend Gyda sent me the Lopi from Iceland, and I've had it in my stash for several years waiting for the correct project. When I saw this pattern on a fellow-Ravelry member's finished objects list, I knew it was the one.

It fits well, and the sleeves are the right length. Thank you so much Gyda!

Up until last night I'd never done colour work correctly. I'd just made it up as I went along, and now I've had the benefit of watching a number of YouTube video instructions. I knit this colour work with the dark yarn in the left hand, knitting continental, and the light yarn in the right; throwing. I thought it would take me a few rounds to get the hang of it, but it was completely natural, and makes so much sense. My knitting speed has increased 10 fold.

So.. tomorrow I'll block it. And, hopefully take some decent pictures!


Gyða said...

Wow, it is beautiful Annie!!!! Let me know if you want me to mail you a zipper... They use metal (silvery) ones here :)

I am so proud of you!

I had to laugh though about you having the black lopi in your left and the white in your right. (Ok, now my English is going to fail me here... I don't have the vocabulary to talk "knitting"). We're taught to have both strings of lopi on our left index finger and just move the order of colors depending on what you're doing...

I have to take a photo of my lopapeysa (lopa sweater) and send you. I knitted it, what, almost 15 years ago and it is still in use. As is the one I knitted for Jón 13 years ago ;)

I hope you get great use out of it and I can't wait for pictures of you in it!


knittinggrammy said...

It looks awesome!!! Congratulations!!

Cina said...

It's beautiful!
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