Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stashbusting Sweater


A little late for Stashbusting September, but I finished the sweater for my son none-the-less.  Officially, this is the first sweater I've ever finished!  Yay, me!


Since I didn't use a pattern, I did the best I could with sizing.  Not bad, but the sleeves are a tad too long and the body of it a little wide.  I intended it to be large on him so he could wear it for longer... I'm interested to see how it will wear over time.


Again, this was my first attempt at fair-isle knitting (using two different yarns at the same time) and I kinda like it.  Getting the tension right took a little practice, but it wasn't nearly as complicated as I thought it might be.


If you have boys, I don't have to tell you what it's like to try and get a decent photo of a moving target.  The first day I tried to get pics of him in it outside and he took off on me to go play with these girls down the street - way more fun than mommy with a camera.


A Thomas book got him to sit still long enough to take these.  The sleeves are rolled once in all of these pics.

24 comments:

Chantal said...

Very sweet. Great effort with the fair isle for the first time. It's lovely the way you've made it as a feature across the front.

Mob59 said...

Very cute.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

WOW, that sweater is BEAUTIFUL! You did a fanastic job on it, plus I love the colors...the blues, browns. There is something more beautiful than the sweater though -- YOUR SON! He is adorable and looks so handsome in the gorgeous sweater his Mom made for him. Love the pic of him reading in the sun...
Great job, Cecily - on sweater and photos! :)
Best,
Gloria

Samantha said...

It looks great and he is too cute in it :)

Ellen said...

Very impressive stashbuster project! Wow, no pattern, first time at fair isle, and first sweater to finish! Quite an accomplishment! And that son of yours is soooo cute!!

Beth said...

It is absolutely perfect! I'm so impressed with your Fair Isle skills! Perhaps I will attempt it??? I'd like to make some pull-overs for myself. I sure do hope you'll post this masterpiece to Fibers on Friday :-)

Paula said...

I do like the colors. I never got around to knitting for my 6 sons, perhaps for the grands? I really knit s l o w.
Thanks for sharing he is darling, but don't tell him that!

Stray Stitches said...

The sweater is wonderful! Hopefully your son will be able to wear it for more than one season.

daperfectmix said...

Great job on the sweater! Maybe one day I will learn how to knit. watch out for those girls down the street.. they sound like trouble. hahaha!

Kim said...

You've done a brilliant job. The sweater looks great on your son. I love how the yarn picks up his color of pants and I really like the chest design.

Lappedamen said...

The sweater looks great and your son looks so cute.
Thank you for those nice words on my blog about my dining table runner.

Inspiration Fibers said...

Wonderful first COMPLETED sweater!

I'm even more impressed that you have your son wearing it. I don't know how many sweaters I made for my boys only to have them decide they were too itchy, too hot, too un-cool, too (insert negative comment here!).

Rebecca said...

I am very impressed! You did a great job...I am just beginning to teach myself to knit so projects like these are very inspiring for me in the future!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

GORGEOUS! The pic of him reading in his new sweater is adorable too! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

Mindy said...

What a great sweater! You do beautiful work.

Zibeline Knits said...

Fantastic for no sweater pattern! That's what I'm doing with my reconstruction sweater for my son--top down and fit it as I go.

Have a great weekend! Sorry I'm a day behind this week with getting through my Friday visiting.

www.zibelineknits.blogspot.com

Lindy said...

You made that! WOW! That is just too cute. I'm your new follower!

Thomicwrst1106 said...

hello! i have a question about making a blanket using only the afgan stitch. i have been working on one for about three weeks now off and on and for some reason it keeps rolling up on me from teh bottom up. now am i making my stitches too tight or am i doing something eles wrong? :( thanks for your time!
~tara
thomicwrst1106@aol.com

Jenn Erickson said...

What a gorgeous sweater! A future heirloom to be sure!

Also, I wanted to stop by to let you know that I linked up your blog on SITS today. They were asking about our "Best Kept Secret", and even though your blog certainly isn't a secret, I figured showing you off to the 7000+ SITS members couldn't hurt!

O. said...

I think that sweater looks amazing. I wish I knew how to knit that well.

Meg said...

Wow! I'm so impressed. It look fantastic! Great job!

Amber said...

I can't knit at all so from this stand point that is amazing.

malia said...

first attempt? looks perfect! thanks for linking up to a crafty soiree... hope to see you tomorrow (-:
www.yesterdayontuesday.com

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

It's great and congrats on finishing your first sweater. My mom has made a bunch for my daughter and she says the most important thing to a correct fit isn't the pattern but being able to eyeball it on the person it's for. Looks like a perfect fit:) Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Please join us next time too!