Sunday, April 20, 2008

handspun spiral yoke all done!

handspun spiral yoke sweater

She's all done! And just in time for this lovely April heat wave.

handspun spiral yoke sweater


Pattern: Loosely based off of Meg Swansen's spiral yoke sweater from the book Handknitting.
Yoke: five colors of handspun 2-ply romney and romney-mohair blend fiber from Fantom Farms - roughly sport weight.
Body: 5 balls of Rowan Kid Classic in color #846
Needles: 6's
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch

handspun spiral yoke sweater

Notes: I knit this one top down so I could play with the yoke design as I went along. I also wasn't sure if I had enough handspun for the yoke, but of course there was a pile leftover. The handspun is pretty dense, and the stranded yoke is pretty bulletproof! I need to work on improving my spinning to make less dense yarn. I added hems to the bottom and sleeves by knitting a few rows in the green handspun, knitting a purl turning row, and knitting a hem with smaller needles in alpaca for softness. The kid classic ended up having a somewhat different gauge than the handspun and I had to decrease the number of body stitches to stay on track. You can guess I learned that the hard way. There was a fair bit of ripping and reknitting, but I'm happy with the final results.

Verdict: Thumbs up!

My friend kindly took these photos for me. I'm certainly not a very good model, I have no idea what to do with my hands and I always blink or have dreadfully worried looks on my face for 95% of the shots. Luckily my friend is great at coming up with poses and making me laugh. Just so you know she must have taken 50 photos to get these few decent ones. The sweater always looked great - but my results varied. Here are some outakes:

handspun spiral yoke rowan outake

I'm calling this the Rowan magazine outake.

handspun spiral yoke outake

And the oh my gosh can we be done with this already outake.

white trash nachos

And in other news Elliott and I are taking turns whipping up some nacho dinners. (Elliott insists that I blog about this - even though he has his own food blog). I went the old school "classic" route with cheese from a jar, green olives, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa from a jar, white corn chips, ground beef with taco seasoning - delicious! Elliott will certainly go a more classy upscale route with shredded beef, real cheese, homemade salsa... His turn is sometime this week, I'll let you know how they turn out.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheryl, the spiral yoke sweater just blew me away! Period. It's a beautiful piece of art and I am certain it will get a lot of compliments. The colours are so perfect together.
p.s. You are just my colour/stranded knitting muse!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, your sweater is absolutely amazing! I really love how your handspun turned out in the yoke. Hooray for yokes!

1:38 PM  
Blogger artsygirl said...

Holy cow (well, it is Sunday!)!!!!! I thought I was doing well having finished a pair of socks and starting a new scarf, mostly just to help me make this stash go away. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! It's a keeper!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Macoco said...

The sweater is gorgeous - I hope we have a few chilly evenings so you get a chance to wear it.

Those nachos just made my belly growl!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Javajem said...

Wow! I am in love! It turned out just amazing!

PS - I love the outtakes - they are the best!

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the photo of the nachos on the screen when my husband looked over and he thought they looked great! The sweater looks great. Even with the goofy faces. :-)

7:42 PM  
Blogger Wendolene said...

Cool sweater! I love the yoke pattern, and the green edging keeps one from forgetting how nicely all the other parts turned out : )

10:45 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

3:40 AM  
Blogger KingOfTheFrogs said...

woo well done! one day i hope to have spun that much! :-) and its a beautiful way to show off all the different colours. what an amazing jumper :-D

5:26 PM  
Blogger winnie said...

such magnificent color choices! holy moly!

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Beautiful sweater! Aren't yoked sweaters the best?

9:37 AM  
Blogger Christabel said...

So beautiful! I mean wow. Your handspun is just gorgeous.

10:42 AM  
Blogger mel said...

How have I not left you a comment on this yet?? I keep coming back to it! This is just amazing Cheryl!! Wear it with pride, it is so inspiring to see such great stuff become of your handspun. The colors and the pattern are a perfect combination!

7:18 PM  

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