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January 16, 2018

From Susan — It’s The Weekend-er!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 7:48 pm

It’s not The Weekend, but it IS The Weekender!!  I just finished my sweater and I am pretty happy about it.  I used some cast off yarn (pun intended??) of Surly’s: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Soot.  It was like knitting with dark gray dryer lint.  But the results are pretty okay.  I started this on December 20 and finished a couple of days ago.  It felt like forever, but considering that some holiday knitting fell in there, that’s not too bad.

I was worried that the sleeve pick up would look wonky, since you are picking up stockinette sleeves on reverse stockinette.  It worked fine!  The sweater kept to size when wet blocked, which surprised me.  I hoped to get another inch or so in length, but couldn’t get there!

You know I hate modelling, but this is for the people who will request it. 😉

Surly saw the designer at Vogue Knitting Live! in New York City.  She said, “I see a woman wearing what looks like that sweater you’re working on — she’s surrounded by lots of people.”  I asked, “Is she blond??”  Yes.  GET A PICTURE!! 

Andrea Mowry at Vogue Knitting Live!

My husband loves the finished sweater and insists that it would look good on him.  Could be!!

Addendum: On December 24, I posted a picture on Instagram of a BooKnits Shawl being blocked and my definition of “knitworthy.”
DEFINITION: knitworthy
One who demonstrates that they value the time, effort, and love that goes into making a hand-knit gift. As in, “Laura is extremely knitworthy. She wears her Boo Knits Sweet Dreams shawl every day and brings it home periodically for blocking.” Knitworthy.

Here is the shawl again, 3 weeks later, being re-blocked!  Laura went to a “club.”  When she left, her shawl was not with her jacket so she went back in to get it and saw a drunk woman dancing with the shawl somehow stuck on her shoe!!  Ack!  On the filthy dance floor, which for some reason was covered in hair.  🙁 🙁 🙁  She said to the woman, “Hey, that’s my scarf.”  The woman insisted that no, it was her scarf!  Laura told her that her mom made it and don’t you notice it has no labels???

So back to mom it goes…

PS to Julie: The short rows are at the top right before you switch back to ribbing.  It makes the sweater curve over the shoulders.  Andrea described W&T short rows but mine looked terrible.  My go to SR’s are Japanese, but I couldn’t figure out how to resolve them on reverse stockinette.  I am not the huge fan of German short rows that many are, but sometimes they work best!


  1. Wow. It looks great! Maybe I need to make one.

    Comment by Surly — January 16, 2018 @ 8:22 pm

  2. OMG just saw the Laura addendum. The horror!

    Comment by Surly — January 16, 2018 @ 10:51 pm

  3. You are by far my favorite knitting blog. Thanks for showing a picture wearing the Weekender! Love the scarf story!

    Comment by TinaC — January 17, 2018 @ 11:28 am

  4. Maybe a discreet label in a teensy font is in order; “Laura’s, made by her Mom” ? Great scarf story!

    Comment by Bonnie — January 17, 2018 @ 7:28 pm

  5. I love that story about Laura’s shawl! The nerve of that drunk woman! Yuk! So glad she got it back. It looks in great shape now. Your Weekender is so good looking on you! Maybe I could make it too since it doesn’t require a lot of shaping which scares me to death! Hope to see you on Thursday!

    Comment by Kathy W. — January 18, 2018 @ 12:20 am

  6. The shawl story is a horror. Glad she got it back and the only repair needed was a washing and a good blocking.

    Weekender looks great. I can’t figure out where the short rows are. Simple boxy shaping, Short rows? I have a sweater’s worth of cream wool DK. Might be a nice, light pulli for San Diego’s coolish but not really cold weather. 74F today.

    Julie in San Diego

    Comment by Julie Lanner — January 18, 2018 @ 3:50 pm

  7. I knit an almost identical sweater without a pattern (made it up as I went along). This was back in the big sweater early 90s (post shoulder pad era). Wore it for years and years before it finally bit the dust (moths ate it). This is making me mucho nostalgic. Seeing your Weekender, I want to knit that sweater again, and am now beginning to remember how I knit mine.

    Your sweater is gorgeous. And looking at your pictures is making me more and more eager to cast on when my current shawl is finished.

    P.S. Happily for all, that beautiful black shawl was rescued from the wicked witch and restored.

    Comment by Purrlie — January 19, 2018 @ 12:01 am

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