Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Many Lives of Yarn

Yarn is a wonderful thing. Add it to a couple of sticks, and voila! You have something you can wear (or, as is often the case in my house, take apart and try again). Such was the case with the Berroco Ultra Alpaca I bought on sale last year.

I first attempted a cardigan, which became known as the tiny sweater:

It then turned into something close to its original form:

With the addition of Andean Silk from Knitpicks (lovely yarn, by the way), and the Seamless Yoke Sweater pattern from Elizabeth Zimmermann, it gained a new life as:

(Photo by Big Trouble, Inc. - Copyright 2008 )

I have a feeling it will be much happier this way. This is the first Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern I have done, and I have to say, I have come to understand why she has such a devoted following. She's so no-nonsense and down to earth, and everything she does just makes sense. She's come up with all these simple, intuitive ways to avoid many of the problems that I often have (like gaping holes where I turn short rows), and I loved the flexibility of this pattern.

Now I just have to wait for it to stop being hot and humid outside, and we'll be good to go.


grmybmy said...

How fabulous! Congratulations on your tenacity! Grmybmy

Bezzie said...

I love it! And man that's going to be WARM when it finally decides to get cold out!

The Professor's Mom said...

The grey sweater is beautiful. You did a wonderful job. As I said to you... I am hoping to learn to knit soon. You have been an inspiration.
The Porfessor's Mom

DeltaDawn said...

Stunning! I love when yarn finally figures out what it wants to be.

Batty said...

It's fabulous. What a beautiful color! It reminds me of my grandmother's work -- she would knit a sweater for us, then we'd outgrow it, she'd rip it out and reknit a striped sweater with some added yarn in a different color... it's not just beautiful, it's also an excellent way to not waste.