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!

8 comments:

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!
KnittingKittens

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.