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April 2, 2007

From Susan — Eight Months and It’s Over

Filed under: Oregon Cardigan — lv2knit @ 11:20 pm

Oregon is done.  It is done.  Finished.  Complete.  Nothing left to do.  No stitches on needles.  No zippers to sew.  No steeks to cut.  I am in shock and awe.  I never thought it would happen!  I started this “project” at the end of July, 2006 and finished it this evening at 10 pm central time. 

Honestly, it was the thing that would not die.  I worked on it tirelessly, endlessly and tediously.  I cannot express the relief that it is O-V-E-R.  I feel like I gave birth.

I will post a picture tomorrow — I’m too sick and tired to photograph it tonight.

The final score?  On a scale from 1-10, I would give it a 7.  Why the 3-point deduction?

Point 1 deducted for yarn: I really prefer Jamieson Shetland for fair isle.  It has a harder finish, smaller gauge and does not “loft out” when wet blocked.  Also, AS’s yarn is nubby/thick & thin.  It is hard to get nice even sts when the yarn itself is uneven.

Point 2 deducted for fit:  I should have made it one size bigger and 1-2 inches longer.  Can I wear it?  Yes, but it feels skimpy.  [Note to self: if you HAD made it bigger, you would still be knitting on it, so shut up! 😉 ].

Point 3 deducted for return on investment: For the time put into this project, it should be absolutely, drop-dead stunningly, jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  It is very nice, but not as nice as it should be for the time invested.

Anyway, I am now ready and able to move on to the next….BIG thing!  Woo hoo!




  1. Well, at least it’s shorter than a pregnancy 😉 Can’t wait to see it! Is the next the Bohus?

    Comment by Marina — April 3, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  2. Congratulations on achieving this milestone. Or was that millstone? Isn’t it funny how disappointed we can be at the end result.

    Comment by Gale — April 3, 2007 @ 8:17 am

  3. You have overworked Oregon and became way too critical.
    To anyone else it is absolutely, drop-dead stunningly, jaw-dropping gorgeous. And this is just from the peeks you have given us. You are a very talented artist and should just step back now and enjoy.

    Comment by Michele — April 3, 2007 @ 8:34 am

  4. From Susan — I’m sorry to sound whiny and perfectionistic!! I will let it “age” for a while and then see what I think!

    Comment by lv2knit — April 3, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  5. Ah, well, at least it’s finished. I am looking forward to seeing the photos – maybe modeled ones, too? Congratulations on completion of a huge project!

    Comment by June — April 3, 2007 @ 9:34 am

  6. I’m sure it looks better than she thinks.

    Comment by surly — April 3, 2007 @ 9:53 am

  7. I also think it is gorgeous, but in addition I think that sharing what you yourself think of the time investment and the result is interesting to hear. Whether to invest that much time in something that might not give me a completely satisfying finished project for whatever reason — well, that would be something for me to think about, and I appreciate your insight.

    Comment by AuntieAnn — April 3, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  8. p.s. — congratulations on finishing!

    Comment by AuntieAnn — April 3, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  9. You’ve done better than I have. I finished mine at least 3 years ago, and I’ve never put buttons on it.
    You’re less than enamoured because you’ve spent too much time together.

    Sort of like you can’t see why you married your husband?

    Comment by Lorraine — April 3, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  10. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see pics. 🙂

    Comment by Romi — April 3, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

  11. Congratulations on the big finish! I always love the piece I just cast on the best, and I almost always hate the piece I just cast off until I have some distance from it. There are always those little things that aren’t the way you dreamed they would be. A little distance usually lets me forget and enjoy the piece for what it is. I hope you get your 3% back in a day or two.

    Comment by Melanie — April 3, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

  12. Hey — where are the pics? I thought you would have posted them by now.

    I’ve finished Peacock except for two rows of plain knitting and the crocheted loop bind off. I’ll finish it tomorrow and block it. I can tell already that it will be enormous. That’s fine with me; I love big, dramatic shawls.

    Comment by surly — April 3, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

  13. Wow!!, just Wow!!!!

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to see what you decide to do next…

    Comment by Cindy — April 5, 2007 @ 12:03 am

  14. Give it back a point. Oregon is, in fact, absolutely, drop-dead stunningly, jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Kudos!

    Comment by Mary — April 9, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

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