Saturday, January 15, 2011

February Lady Sweater in January

"One is not born a woman; one becomes one." (Simone de Beauvoir)

I'm knitting my first adult sweater--and it's for me! Sometime last year I started the February Lady Sweater (Ravelry link), but then set it aside to knit gifts, work, take care of the kids, etc. But this winter I was itching to knit something nice and wooly, so I picked it up again and am making serious progress. I may finish this February Lady Sweater by February!

For you non-knitter, this is a pretty famous sweater (with more than 10,000 Ravelry folks knitting or having knit it) based on a baby sweater pattern by the famous Elizabeth Zimmerman. I'm knitting the smallest size, skipped the eyelets, and started the gull lace pattern right at the third buttonhole. I do hate my buttonholes, but hopefully the buttons will cover them. I can't wait to pick out cool buttons. I also plan to narrow and lengthen the sleeves. It really helps to have ravelry forums to learn from others mistakes.

The yarn I'm using is vintage--I'm not sure how old, but Bernat wool sure doesn't come in this kind of packaging now! I believe my late Grandma Doris bought this yarn (on sale for 90 cents a skein, down from $1 a skein). It got handed down to my mom, who passed it along to me. I always knew there was enough for an adult sweater, and in the spirit of stash-busting, started the sweater with it. So even if I had paid for the yarn, it would be a nice wool sweater for less than $10! I hope to have a finished sweater to show off soon. 

**Just did some quick research on the yarn and seems like it's called for in patterns from 1970s pattern books. Also some is for sale on ebay (looks like this exact color) for about $12 a skein!

(I'm still playing catch-up with pre-dated posts with my fall and holiday crafting. More to come.)

Saturday, January 01, 2011


I will spend more time on my blog, catching up with pre-dated posts, if necessary.