Where have I been!?!

Posted on March 30, 2008 by knittingpatterns4you | 3 Comments

I got sucked into the post that ate my brain (Ravelry link), that's where. I spent almost all my free time this past week reading through the 4,000+ posts about the Mystical Creation Yarns debacle (summarized on this website if you don't have Ravelry access) -- I just couldn't tear myself away! After a few pages' worth of posts, when I realized just how many there were, I knew I had to pick up something to knit while reading. I had been half-heartedly knitting on a Gathered Pullover which happened to have been left near the computer . . .

4,000+ posts later:

Yup, almost an entire sweater. I can hardly believe it myself. Adam kept trying to pull me away from the thread and yet every time I updated him on the latest unbelievable turn of events, he had to admit he, too, wanted to know what happened. So I kept reading. And knitting. I finally finished the thread yesterday at about 1:30am, took this picture and posted it to the thread, and went to sleep. Got up this morning determined to actually finish this sweater, it's so close! It will forever be associated in my head as the MYC fiasco sweater! I am just about done with the sleeve cap on the first sleeve now, and intend to keep knitting and hopefully finish the sweater this week. We'll see how that works out.

Oh, you want project details? I'm using Classic Elite Princess in color 3403, a silvery grey heather. This yarn lasts forever! So far I am only on the 5th ball, and I'm more than 2/3rds done. It's kind of unbelievable, really. The yarn is quite nice, too, it's a funny dry texture that's somehow very cozy and soft at the same time. I am expecting it to bloom a lot with washing and it'll probably get even better. This is my first time using this yarn and I definitely see myself knitting with it in the future!

Over last weekend I also finished the first Vesper sock:

Toe up again, with a short row heel again, plus a small gusset. I know, apparently I've been converted to a toe-up sock knitter. Never say never, right?

I made these a bit longer than my usual socks because I figured there was no reason not to -- especially with self-striping yarns, it is so easy to figure out just how far you can knit, I decided it would be silly not to! All I did to find out was count the stripe repeats I had already knit, then rewind the remaining yarn while counting THOSE stripe repeats, then figure out where halfway was and knit till I got there. The second sock will hopefully be exactly the same. When I get around to making it, that is.

I really like this yarn and definitely see myself ordering it in the future. The thing you can't see online is the variegation in each stripe. I tried to capture it in daylight but my camera skills leave a lot to be desired, hopefully you can see what I mean in this shot:

See how each stripe is actually shades of the color? Not at all what I expected but so pretty and subtle!

Posted in gathered pullover, knitting, Sock knitting, striped sock yarn

3 Responses


March 31, 2008

Ah yes, the MYC Chronicles…… I read til my eyes bled and didn’t have the good sense to knit while doing so. sigh Mind you, the frequent OMGs and WTFs would have surely resulted in dropped stitches. Lesson learned: if you’re going to get sucked into a black hole, knit on the way down. And note to Danielle and Zach: do.not.mess.with.knitters.

Love your sweater and look forward to seeing the FO pix.

anne b
anne b

April 04, 2008

You totally beat me to the gathered pullover! You are a knitting machine. Let’s have another knit night soon.

Bonne Marie
Bonne Marie

March 30, 2008

C’mon now, that sweater is too gorgeous to put down ‘til it’s DONE!

I just finished a different style pullover in that very same yarn :)

I did a wash block on it and the yarn got softer and more cushy than ever…

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