Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hmmmm, Methinks My Sweater Is an F+++...........

Ok, so I tried to knit my first sweater.  That kooky gal over at The Young Dairy Farmer's Wife knitted herself a coupla sweaters and I thought, well heck maybe I can do that.....well well well, lets just say it didn't go well. 
Here I am industriously knitting away on a sleeve........at this point I was not aware of the hideous-ness of my lovingly hand knitted garment...........ahh the bliss of ignorance!

I'm a big gal and so I was worried about it not fitting me; therefore I made it the largest size possible.  I'm also a very tight knitter, so in order to get the gauge correct, I had to use needles that were about 3 sizes bigger than the pattern called for, AND again because I was worried it wouldn't fit, I made sure to knit as loose as I could.  To continue with my list of woes, because the stitches were so loose, when I seamed it up it is atrocious......plus I mattress stitched the seams and I did them backward, so the nice smooth side is inside!

Now, before I show you the picture of my sweater, please remember I said it was my very first sweater as well as all the intel I gave you in paragraph two...........also, there is a light at the end of this sweatery tunnel, I already had the yarn in my stash, so I'm not out any cash!

K, if you think you are ready, here goes............feel free to laugh yourself silly, but if you pee your pants don't expect any sympathy from me!






I'm moving on to socks.........maybe next winter I'll try a sweater again!


God Bless.................




28 comments:

  1. Wish it were mine! All you have to do is roll the sleeves up and tack them in place, then wear it with scarves and chunky jewelry and you will be utterly trendy !

    I tried to crochet once. I ended up with a piece two stitches wide and 26 feet long. So I think you are awesome!!!

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  2. Kris, if you will wear it, I'll send it to you. I'm not the scarf, chunky jewelry type! LOL! I think I might be overdressed for feeding the goats and slopping the hogs! If you'll wear it, send me your address and I'll send it to you! You can email me from my profile page. ;0)

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  3. Hey it doesn't look bad - it will fit perfectly if you grow longer arms! :) No really roll it up and tack it in place like Kris said - and wala!

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  4. I think it is BEAUTIFUL! Of course, I can't knit, and can barely crochet, so there you go...

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  5. Thanks ladies, but it really does look better in the picture than in real life, I promise!

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  6. I would love it. I love big bulky knit sweaters,warm and comfy! That and a pair of comfy jeans and a scarf! you would be fine. long sleeves , like the others said just tac them up

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  7. The other thing you might want to try with it ,if you have enough wool is to put a band around the bottom,a couple inches wide.Might hold it in place a bit for you

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  8. You did a brilliant job! BECAUSE YOU TRIED!

    I love it, after all, you do have to start somewhere. Sweater number 2, look out!

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  9. Really hot water, is your best friend.

    (or you could just grow into it.. that would be fun too!)

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  10. I love it! The color is great ... the knitting looks smooth.... and it looks really warm!

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  11. @fernvalley, thanks for the tips!

    @blondee, thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting. You are right, sweater no 2 is gonna be awesome, and ps, I've already started it ;0)

    @mz...I don't think it would shrink cuz it's acrylic....and I giggled out loud at the last part. I've seriously GOT TO STOP GROWING....

    @Brenda...thanks so much! It actually looks better in the picture, you can't see the lumpy seams!

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  12. I almost peed my pants, LOL Just kiddin, but I did laugh cause your so funny. Its cute, just too big, keep practicing you'll get it. I've never tried to crochet a sweater I'm scared, lol

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  13. It looks like a sweater to me. I think that's the only requirement for a "first' don't you?? Oh and I think that socks are harder and gloves are even worse. LOL

    My husband still comments about the last sweater I made. Didn't check my gauge because I had always been right on, well I wasn't. LOL That sweater would have fit an elephant. I took it apart and it's now an afgan.

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  14. @Jennifer, hehehe, now go change your pants! LOL! It is comfy, but I'll never wear it.....

    @RisingRainbow, thanks! I'm getting ready to start on my first pair of real socks, with a turned heel....we shall see! LOL about the sweaterghan.....maybe we'll be on to something!

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  15. Way better than I could ever do, and a loose fit is good for winter nights. I think that is fantastic for a first attempt and I'm sure your next one will be better.

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  16. Well, I think you're brave-- I don't think I would have the guts to try that kind of project.

    I saw your comment over on my blog and I answered you there, but I wasn't sure if you'd see it. Anyway, I actually found it hard not to be a little confrontational, myself. :-) So, thanks!

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  17. I don't think it's half bad! Actually, that's the look I was going for - seriously. Mine is wide at the bottom, but too short (amazing since I have NO torso) and I wish I'd made the sleeves longer. I'm not too worried about it b/c I made mine to keep me warm while I do chores and it does just that! I wore mine with just a tank top underneath and I got too hot today. Like the preacher who married The Husband and I once told me - it's perfect because it's suited to do it's purpose, like a horse is perfect for running and people are perfect for worshiping God ;}.

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  18. I'm impressed. Seriously. You really planned for how you knit etc and while it didn't come out exactly as you envisioned, you did well. One of my favorite things about knitting is that I can just rip it out if it doesn't turn out the way I want it to. Good luck on the next sweater and the socks. I love knitting socks...they're portable. :)

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  19. LOL @ the pictures! you are to funny! It looks better than anything I would have done!

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  20. maybe put it in the dryer and shrink it? Or you could start a maternity line? Honestly... I am impressed. I could never do that. You should be proud!

    I wish you didn't delete your comment over on my page. I love what you share over there. I just hope my post didn't offend you.

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  21. Hi Rosie Kate! Thanks for commenting, and give it a shot, the worst that could happen is you'll end up with a sweater like mine ;0)

    @Ashley, thanks girlie! Everybody is making me feel so much better. I was making mine as a chore sweater as well, but I'm just not sure it will work. Maybe I'll give it a shot. I'm excited to try again

    @Stacey, thanks! And you are so right, we can just tear the whole thing out if we mess up, which is pretty cool!

    @Tonia, thanks, I'm starting to feel lots better about it from these lovely comments!

    @Stone Cottage Mama, I'm afraid it won't shrink cuz it's acrylic, but I don't know, may have to research it. Your post didn't offend me at all, I was just afraid I was coming across wrong and hijacking your post! I releft a comment, trying one more time! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by here and letting me know!

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  22. I don't know why but when I started reading this i thought of the Friend's episode where Phoebe was trying to make a scarf, got fed up and tied 2 pieces of yarn together and wrapped it around her neck and said, Done. :)

    Anyway... that's beside the point... You did a great job! And yeah, it's big... put it in the washer & dryer... it might shrink, but I still say you did an excellent job!

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  23. @Nicole....ahhh dear sweet ridiculous Phoebe! Gosh how I love her. One of my favorite epidsodes is the one where she and Rachel go jogging.....too funny!

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  24. Take pride that 'you knitted a sweater!'. How awesome is that?
    Yes,it is a little big. If you can't find someone to fit in it, cut it up and make throw pillows out of it! Folks, including myself, do that all the time with old sweaters!

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  25. Ahhh thanks Tina! That's a good idea! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment!

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  26. Looks pretty good to me! I couldn't do anything close to that!

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