Friday, March 30, 2012

The Sweater worthy of a parade

I can't even tell you how giddy I am about finally finishing this sweater. The fact that it FITS and, no modesty here, looks AWESOME, is just the icing on the 10 Layer Cake of Incredible.

My journey/whining about this sweater is well documented: started it back in November, had to restart it 3 times for reasons I won't bitch about (again) now, so it has been a learning process for sure. Basically I could have easily whipped off 4 quilts in the hours it took me to knit this thing. Then there is the little matter of cost....knitting is in no way a cheap hobby, and the yarn, buttons and shipping/border duty charges for the supplies for this were....brace yourself...about $180. Would I ever BUY myself a sweater for $180? Hellz NO! If I were to add up the hours spent in manual labour and add that to the cost, this would be a FIVE THOUSAND dollar sweater.

Good thing it looks like a million bucks :)



What do I love about this? Oh, so many things! First off, the pattern. It is called the Golden Wheat Cardigan, by Veera Valimaki. It was so well written (all the previous mess ups were entirely my bad). Sizing was perfect. Then there are all the little details. I love the asymmetrical shape, and the collar....



......the cute little "side seams" that are not seams at all, but stitched in along the body and sleeves......



.....and, this baby's got back!



While the pattern only calls for a few buttons at the top so it is always worn open, I opted to do buttonholes all the way down. I like that I can wear it closed on chilly days.



And I love the COLOR! The yarn was Madelinetosh Chunky in the candlewick colorway. So vibrant and warm. And so soft! Worth every penny.



The buttons. Dang, I love buttons, but these are perfect. I found them after a quick etsy search, at a shop called shop4craft based in Thailand. Great service!



I can basically go on and on about all the things I love about the final sweater. And I am so RELIEVED that after all that time and effort, I have something that I love to show for it. I didn't even block it because I had to put it on immediately. I plan to wear it every day until it is stinky and smelly, probably even longer. Then I will peel it off for a quick wash and wear it some more. Just call me the Lady in Yellow.



If you want to learn more, there are even more details and ramblings on my Ravelry page.

31 comments:

Kelsey said...

This is awesome and it looks great on you!! Well work the price :)

Kelly O. said...

this sweater is FABULOUS!!!!
wow! I'm so glad you love it after all your efforts!

Amy Friend said...

Congratulations to you!!! It looks just perfect. I love the style. You should be proud (and I know you are, lol).

Katie B. said...

Woman. This sweater is incredible! Love the buttons. Love the color. Love the fit. You rock!

Cathy said...

woo hoo! Stunning! The buttons are a fabulous accent. Way to go! It looks pro!

Robin said...

WOW! This sweater is AWESOME!!! It fit's you PERFECT! Good job Kristie :) Keep it up!

Lee said...

Wow! You knitted a SWEATER! Congrats! It looks great. I'm so impressed.

QuiltyGirl said...

I love it! And I'm so jealous that you made such a great sweater that fits so well!! I keep buying yarn for sweaters and then using it for other projects bc I get so frustrated with the fit!

felicity said...

You are a vision in yellow! What a beautiful, beautiful sweater. You have every reason to be proud!

Natalie said...

Love the sweater, well worth $5000!!!
x

bethanndodd said...

Yay! So happy you finished it and that it turned out so marvelously!! Looks just perfect on you...worth every penny ;)
Hope your weekend is spectacular
Smiles~Beth

traceyjay said...

amazing! Seriously! and it fits you so well... such a pretty sweater on a pretty lady.

Lily said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! AND it looks great on you, AND I love the buttons (look like they were made for it), AND I love the seams down the sides. How did the whole changing reverse stockinette to stockinette work out (other than the issues at the beginning)?? I'm so glad it came out so nice!!

Jennifer said...

It's amazing! Considering that knitting and I don't get along... I'd pay $180 LOL

Jennifer :)

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Oh my gosh! That sweater is incredible and you look amazing in it! I would pretty much wear it around the clock;) lOVE the color.

Little Island Quilting said...

But it's not quite coming through whether you like it or not...

Stephanie said...

Looks great!! Love the colour :)

Holly said...

I'll play the tuba in the marching band that's part of the Amazing Sweater Parade! It's great to see the final results of all your hard work and to see how happy you are with your sweater. Love that colour on you!

The Cozy Quilter said...

If this were my sweater, I would want to wear it all the time too!

Shay said...

Totally and utterly worth all the pain. This sweater is magical. You look fabulous (and 10 years younger - which makes you look about 19 ..)

180 bucks for a one a kind Kristie creation ? Worth every cent. The happiness on your face? Priceless!

(Congrats on hitting the 1000 mark with your followers !)

Turtlegurl said...

I love your five thousand dollar sweater!! Veera's patterns are so awesome, I have one on the go right now, but it's been frogged once already, so it may be a while....

The colour is perfect, looks great on you.

linda said...

it is gorgeous looks better on you than the pattern model :)))well done

MaddyMaze Studio said...

That's a beautiful sweater!!!

Jacey said...

Wooooooo! It is freaking awesome. I can see why you love it. I'm glad you're proud, because this is worth your pride and love. And from now on, I'll refer to you only as, the lady in yellow. ;)

*kate said...

It is incredibly incredible. I'm still kind of choking on the cost! I love the color, though, and I'm probably going to covet the idea of making this sweater for awhile. Also, I think adding buttons all the way down was definitely worth it. Even if you don't button all of them, it adds to the look.

Kate S. said...

You have encouraged me... I always seem to spend a bazillion dollars on yarn and spend all that time and then it doesn't fit right or the yarn pills horribly or something else is wrong. I have gotten really discouraged on sweater knitting... but I think I may work my way back up to it in a few months and just try to do a better job measuring my gauge and myself and picking the right size. Anyways, this looks gorgeous!! Hooray for an awesome looking and fitting handmade sweater!!

Red said...

Love the sweater! I can't believe how perfectly it fits and the color - swooooon!

Little Blue Mouse said...

Five thousand dollars well spent!

Kathleen said...

Looks amazing Kristie - well done! Love the colour, the buttons, the fit - everything!!

Lynne said...

Well done. Did you get a lot of wear out of it before the warm weather hit?

Lynne said...

Well done. Did you get a lot of wear out of it before the warm weather hit?