FO: Thermal

10 Nov

Pattern: Thermal from Knitty

Yarn: Knitpicks gloss in Pumpkin, 6.5 skeins

Needles: 2.5 mm… US 1s?

Today I had one of those days.  You know what I mean: the kind of day where the stars seem to be aligned perfectly for you to run into everyone you used to know.  Old crush? Check.  Mom of friend? Check.  Old friend who hasn’t seen me in 8 years? Check (x3.)  And you know what?  The entire time I was running into these people, I never once thought “Please God, don’t let them notice I made my sweater.”

.No… Thermal passed the “proud to be wearing my hand-knit sweater” test with flying colors.  In fact… I will even say that I am far more fond of Thermal than I ever thought I would be.  When I first came upon the sweater in Knitty, I never thought I would make one.  The fit did not appeal to me, nor the idea of making a sweater in fingering weight yarn in the round.  So there was my first mod…

I knit the sweater entirely flat and seamed at the end.  I am very happy with that decision, which kept me sane with the tiny yarn.  I added a stitch in stockinette, although I still can’t say it was fun to seam.  I do think that the seams are keeping the yarn from stretching terribly – I’ve been wearing it since 7 am, and no problems so far.  It did grow a bunch when I washed it (and I mean a lot), but the good news is that it is pretty pliable – when the sleeves were initially too long I reblocked them, and now they are perfect.  I had initially planned 3/4 length sleeves, but I decided it would be more wearable with long sleeves.  And, you will notice there are no buttons.  Although I initially planned some, and even sewed one on, I didn’t care for how it looked when buttoned.  I think I prefer the split neck.

And you all were right… I love the color.  And looking at these photos… I need a haircut.  Man, my hair is long!  And I look very chipper for 7:30 am, when these photos were taken.

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39 Responses to “FO: Thermal”

  1. Stacey_CrimsonPurl November 10, 2007 at 3:10 pm #

    First, I can’t believe you were up at 7:30AM looking like sunshine!! :oD

    The thermal looks GREAT on you!! Very smart decision to knit it flat b/c it probably would have sagged ugly since the yarn did grow once wet.

    Looks really good!!

    BTW I must get your e-mail addy! :o)

  2. Jodi November 10, 2007 at 3:23 pm #

    It’s just beautiful! I really like the “pumpkin” color, and the split neck gives it a unique look.

    Gosh, you’re a fast knitter. I’m always amazed at how quickly you knit such beautiful sweaters.

  3. Rubys N Purls November 10, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    Your Thermal is just gorgeous! I love that color on you too. Way to go with the fingering weight! I just don’t know if I could do it, but after seeing yours I am considering it.

  4. Caroline November 10, 2007 at 3:51 pm #

    Wow! What a gorgeous colour on you and the fit looks perfect. You make such beautiful stuff. Can’t wait for your next finished object.


  5. Camilla November 10, 2007 at 4:21 pm #

    The sweater is gourgeous. The colour and the design is just perfect. I’m sure you’ll wear it a lot.

  6. marri November 10, 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    wow! this one didn’t appeal to me AT ALL when i saw it on knitty but yours turned out gorgeous! hmm, maybe i will knit this after all – with a U neck…

    wonderful job!

  7. Anonymous November 10, 2007 at 4:25 pm #

    Awesome job!!! The fit and the color are perfect for you. The modifications you made to the pattern are great and it looks so professional looking. It’s always inspiring to see your FOs.

  8. Nubiancraftster November 10, 2007 at 4:39 pm #

    Wow that color DOES look great on you. Good thing you did all the planning so you could anticipate the chia pet super growth of the yarn. Fits you wonderfully.

  9. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) November 10, 2007 at 5:33 pm #

    It’s beautiful! And not at all too small. I’ll bet you feel really, really smart for washing your swatch. I still can’t bring myself to wash them, which is truly stupid, especially after seeing what happened with the Gloss. Congratulations on a wonderful FO!

  10. Batty November 10, 2007 at 5:34 pm #

    Wow, you’re just cranking ‘em out! And that color looks absolutely fantastic on you. It picks up the warm tones in your hair and makes your skin glow. Fabulous!

  11. Emily November 10, 2007 at 7:13 pm #

    Wow, it turned out sooooo well! the fit is perfect on you! another motivation to wash and block swatches. The color couldn’t be more perfect on you either….so lovely!

  12. theresa November 10, 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    I love it, the colour is great on you. Such skinny needles, wow, I don’t know if I’d have the stamina. You would prob. like Valpuri (in my quue), free pattern from Berroco – it’s got a similar style.

  13. Liz K. November 10, 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    I don’t know why you would ever worry about wearing any of your handknits, because they are all beautifully made, flattering, and very modern. You should wear them with pride — all of them, not just Thermal!

  14. Avrienne November 11, 2007 at 12:18 am #

    See, when the pattern came out, I didn’t want to make one either. Now I do!

  15. tammyknits November 11, 2007 at 3:05 am #

    Great work! It looks fabulous on you… and yes, you do look exceedingly chipper for 7:30!

  16. kae November 11, 2007 at 4:21 am #

    The colour is amazing on you. Well done on this one!

  17. Phoe November 11, 2007 at 7:17 am #

    That looks great on you! I especially love the color.

  18. Vicky November 11, 2007 at 9:08 am #

    Just gorgeous! I love the color!

  19. Shannon November 11, 2007 at 11:24 am #

    There’s got to be nothing better then running into an old cruch looking FANTASTIC! You look gorgeous in that sweater…the color is really good on you! Nice work once again!

  20. Shannon November 11, 2007 at 11:25 am #

    (that was supposed to say “crush” not “cruch”, but hey, he was probably a cruch anyways, right? Hehehe.)

  21. silencepainter November 11, 2007 at 12:33 pm #

    That is just one awesome looking thermal! I love the color on you, and I love how you left off the buttons. I think the split neck looks nicer than the buttons.

  22. Marie November 11, 2007 at 4:57 pm #

    Well, I try to add insight when I pop in and say Hi, but today I am just going to say what everybody else already said. Damn, that sweater looks great!

  23. much-adored November 11, 2007 at 7:28 pm #

    Very pretty! This has been in my queue for a while, and I may have to bump it up on the list.

  24. Julia November 11, 2007 at 7:43 pm #

    Beautiful!! The fit is great and so pretty with your hair. =D I didn’t know Thermal could be such a cute, flattering sweater.

  25. Elizabeth November 11, 2007 at 9:11 pm #

    Gorgeous! I can’t believe you knit a fingering-weight sweater so quickly. It would have taken me until 2009 at least.

  26. Carishma Welch November 11, 2007 at 9:32 pm #

    Love the sweater!

  27. Julie November 11, 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    It looks amazing!!! Way to go. And you ran into an old crush after being newly married, wearing a fabulous sweater, and looking great? You’re living the dream! ;-)

  28. orata November 11, 2007 at 11:25 pm #

    Wow, it looks beautiful! I love that color.

  29. Lynne November 12, 2007 at 7:30 am #

    Your thermal looks fantastic and i just LOVE the colour. Such a great choice.

  30. Rachael November 12, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    Just gorgeous!

  31. Stella November 12, 2007 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m in awe of anyone that knits a fingering weight sweater, flat or otherwise. You did a fantastic job, and I agree about the split neck — very flattering.

  32. Leah November 12, 2007 at 3:27 pm #

    Oh Wow. that looks fantastic. I have wanted to knit Thermal for a long time (in fact I’ve wanted to try a sweater for along time..) but I’ve never gotten the guts up to do it. maybe after I’m finished up all my christmas knitting I’ll get to it. Your sweater is an inspiration! and I love the colour :) Enjoy

  33. Chelsea November 12, 2007 at 3:59 pm #

    That looks so nice! I do like the lack o’ buttons. I love the color, which is good since I ordered it a few days ago for my own Thermal.

  34. Elizabeth November 12, 2007 at 4:35 pm #

    man – that looks AWESOME!! gorgeous color on you too. :)

  35. Moggle November 13, 2007 at 5:05 pm #

    Thermal looks fab on you and it really is a great colour on you.
    You look pretty awake for 7.30am, I look like a zombie that early :)

  36. Janice November 14, 2007 at 5:01 pm #

    well done!

  37. lynette November 14, 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    excellent job!! i LOVE it.

  38. Bobbi November 14, 2007 at 6:49 pm #

    wow it does look great! I’m the same way, as much as I love my handknits, I never want strangers to ask me if I made it.

  39. Lisa November 19, 2007 at 9:43 am #

    It looks so good and the colour is perfect for you skin tone and hair colour!

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