Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A New Beginning

2010 is going to be the year of a sweater for me. Just one--my first.

Sometimes I think I need a knitting shrink to figure out why I have a sweater phobia because I've never, ever made one. I haven't even knit so much as a baby sweater. For the past couple of years, I've thought, "This is it--I'm doing it. I'm knitting a sweater."

But how many sweaters have you seen on this blog? Nada. Nothing. Zero. Calling Dr. Knitting Shrink!

However, at the Knitters Review Retreat, it all came together for me. I took a sweater class with Ann Hanson. Ann's skilled teaching gave me a huge boost of confidence. Plus I have my measurements and a load of tips for knitting a sweater.

And, sure enough, a pattern I've had my eye on--Jackie Leisure Jacket-- was for sale in the Retreat's marketplace. No excuses--"Oh, I'll buy and download it later." Suddenly I had the pattern in my hands.

One of the suggested yarns is Briar Rose's Fourth of July. Chris, of Briar Rose, was at the Retreat and, again, I had no excuse for talking with her right then and there and placing an order.

And that brings us to right now.

Look at me, I'm swaaaaaatching!


yarnjourney said...

Congrats starting your first sweater! The yarn is beautiful, love that blue combined with the rust.

EileenNY said...

Stunning yarn. I can't wait to see you wear your sweater. I'm so so proud of you!!!!

minipurl said...

That yarn is awesome :)
Enjoy the journey of your first sweater.

stringplay said...

A beautiful looking swatch! You are my hero. Maybe watching from the sidelines will give me courage.

Bubblesknits said...

Very pretty yarn. :-)

Anonymous said...

Good for you! And you are even swatching--be proud of yourself, very proud!

Iron Needles said...

I have made baby sweaters, relatively easy ones, but this is the year for me, too, for a real live grown up sweater! Well...next year, I mean...

Lynne said...

Oh! Lovely yarn!!! I want some!!

I made a summer tee with short sleeves as my second project after learning mittens. It was easy to knit and all the bits came out lovely (except for a place on the front where I twisted the stitches :( )

BUT .... when it came to sewing up the seams I failed miserably. I should have taken a class on finishing because it's been sitting in an old knitting bag just languishing for 4 years with one sleeve mostly set in.

I hope you have more luck with that then I did. I vowed right then and there that I was not going to do it again. But really, I should, don't you think?

Yours is going to be so lovely! Can't wait to see more pics as you go along.