FO: Amelia

17 Jan


Pattern: Amelia by Laura Chau, Knitty Winter 08/09

Yarn: Madelinetosh worsted in Malechite, about 4 skeins

Needle: US 7

Notes: Really, I am happier than I look in the photos – this is what results from trying to take outside photos when the temperature is below freezing!  My camera appears to be unhappy as well (I want to replace it soon anyway…)

This pattern was very well written.  Every step was explained, and I found no errors.  I knit the 2nd size (34) a little tight to get a 33″ bust (no ease.)   I did not change needle sizes for the garter stitch sections, because I didn’t want the flare, and I think I’m pleased with that decision.  I did have to alternate skeins, which I was rather unthrilled with – I don’t think this yarn has dyelots, so two of my skeins were much darker.  I didn’t alternate for the sleeves, which looks fine in my opinion.

The yarn itself was fine – not exceptional, but soft and warm.  It did grow lengthwise quite a bit when washed.  I was happy about this, because as written I feel this sweater is a bit short.  Even now I would really like at least another inch of length to be happy with it.  This is a disadvantage of knitting bottom up.  And now comes the part where I complain about knitting sweaters this way.  It took me (according to Ravelry) just shy of a month to knit this thing, which you must know is a long time for me to toil on a simple sweater in worsted weight.  But there were whole weeks where I didn’t want to pick the thing up, so who knows how long I actually worked on it.  I’m glad it’s finished, but I think maybe it’s time to admit to myself that I need to convert this sort of sweater to flat knitting.

Other notes… the sleeves are a bit big for me.  I did not need nearly so much shaping.  The twisted ribbing is pretty, but it did kill my hands a bit, so I would consider whether you like twisted ribbing before deciding to make this sweater.  The fronts want to curl in – I blocked the heck out of them, and they are holding, but I fear they will begin to curl in again over the course of the day.  I would do more stitches in garter, which would solve this problem.  It might have happened because I was carrying yarn up the fronts, which caused a slip stitch edge.

I am happy enough with the finished project and I expect it will see plenty of wear, but I’m going to have to get over my annoyance with the process first… which I hasten to stress is not the designer’s fault, it was mine for refusing to admit my own preferences.

We are dealing with very unusually cold temperatures here.  At around 5 AM Friday we lost power due to a huge fire on Bardstown road, and didn’t get it back until after 11 am.  As a result the temperature in our house went down to 40, and the pipes leading to our dishwasher froze and burst.  Fortunately, they were quickly isolated, and our other pipes are fine.  We are having one of Marc’s friends who is a plumber come over to fix them on Tuesday.  I am only grateful that the damage was not worse – I hear from my neighbors that there were very many frozen pipes around here, as a good swath of the Highlands lost power.   I know temperatures have been cold everywhere lately, so I hope you are all keeping warm and safe!


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25 Responses to “FO: Amelia”

  1. Sasha January 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Gorgeous! Particularly love that deep green – beautiful with your hair colour :) Don’t know if I could tackle Amelia, as lovely as it is, seeing as I’m not a twisted rib fan either! I’m experiencing the opposite in temperatures here in the Southern Hemisphere – around 46 degrees celcius on average!

  2. SweetP January 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    I’m in the southern hemisphere too and it is so wierd reading about such cold when we are sweltering (you look particularly cold in that 2nd shot!!).

    I think thats lovely, especially the colour you picked. Gorgeous xx

  3. terhi January 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    It looks beautiful on you, and the colour looks great with your hair. :-) Can’t do twisted stitches either (they just kill my wrists), although they do look really pretty.

  4. Lisette January 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Very, very pretty, enjoy it and keep warm.

  5. marri January 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    thanks for the the pattern notes – this one’s in my queue too, and i’ll keep all your comments in mind if i decide to knit it up!

    LOVING your hair, btw!

  6. Christina January 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    I’m not a fan of the bottom-up sweaters for the same reason as you but I think this came out great. I tend to be picky about the shades of green I wear (I’m a redhead, too) but that colorway is gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it. Good choice on not changing needle size for the garter sections – I like how your’s looks a lot better.

    I’m sorry you’re experiencing miserable weather. It makes me feel kind of guilty that for the past week here in Oregon it’s been sunny skies and 60 degrees.

  7. Nachaele Olson January 17, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    Love it! Soooooo beautiful! Great color too! :)

  8. Shannon January 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Looks great! I’m doing some twisted ribbing right now on Shalom, it’s not bothering me too much, so I think I’m going to give Amelia a go too. The color you chose is gorgeous!

  9. kiss my style January 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    beautiful job – the color is so refreshing – like spring – love it!

  10. marisa January 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    Love your’s. The color is fantastic.

    I’m not a huge fan of twisted rib but like the idea of amelia. Do you think it could be done in regular rib instead to a zero ease?

  11. Renee January 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Beautiful knit, love the colour.
    Hope you are all warm again and the plumbing fix goes quickly.

  12. mai January 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    pretty sweater! i’m sorry you had so many issues with this one. i have it in my queue, but i might reconsider now, b/c i also find twisted ribbing to be a pain in the ass, and i like longer sweaters as well.

  13. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) January 18, 2009 at 1:49 am #

    Once again, you’ve taken a design I didn’t much like and made it something special. Beautiful work! It suits you so well, too.

  14. Anne January 18, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    I was very glad to see your finished Amelia, as well as your comments on the process of it – it’s in my queue, and I’ve been waffling about whether I want to make it or not. Yours really looks nice on you! Love the color too!!

  15. linnea January 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    i love your cardigan! especially the yarn with its thousand shades of green you chose is wonderful!
    linnea

  16. Mary January 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    That looks so pretty on you! Great color. I’m working on this too, and I finished it but the neckline is gigantic. Of course I’m making a much larger size, I’m thinking maybe the grading was off. I decided to work on something else for a bit, so I can think about how to fix it. Yours looks so great, it will inspire me to get back to it. I’m finding the twisted rib tedious to knit too.

  17. Victoria Plum January 18, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    Hi!
    I’m a relatively new knitter and have just completed my first scarf! I think that I am now addicted to knitting, and not sure what to do next! I’m thinking maybe a tea cosy … but love the look of the socks you have knitted – would you recommend these to a beginner?
    I have just discovered your blog and have added a link on my blog – hope that’s okay!
    x

  18. kaiwa4 January 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Beautiful work.

  19. yoel January 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Lovely! I like how the horizontal stripes created by the yarn colorway and the vertical stripes created by the twisted rib interact.

  20. mooncalf January 19, 2009 at 6:37 am #

    That is a very flattering cardigan. I think I might have to make one for myself. I’m working on a project now that I’m procrastinating over because I don’t like knitting in bulky wool. I suppose I’ll know to avoid it in the future…

  21. Helen January 20, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    Perfect.

  22. Cath January 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    That sweater looks just amazing. Love the color you chose! I’m thinking in knitting it but just not yet :D

  23. MrPuffy January 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    That’s a really terrific cardigan and looks smashing on you! I have some of her yarn but sock weight and it’s lovely stuff.

  24. dreamingofspring January 24, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    Your hair looks lovely in those pictures. Are those natural waves or do you “make” them? How? :-)
    The cardigan looks lovely too.

  25. knitwhitties January 29, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    Thank you for your very kind comment about my knitting doldrums. Your Amelia is amazing! I had seen it on Knitty, and it didn’t really do anything for me. Seeing yours, in that amazing green, I may have to re-think that. That’s absolutely gorgeous!

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