Friday, February 8, 2019

What to Name a Sweater

I decided to name my handknit sweaters after the color name of the yarn...so here is my Chalk sweater, completed as of yesterday.

Lot of firsts with this sweater: first one knit top to bottom; first one knit in the round completely; first one knit with my recently-purchased and much-loved ChiaoGoo circular knitting needles.

Chalk fits fine too...altho as with every sweater I use a commercial pattern for, there are things I'd do differently, were I to knit it again.

Instead, I think I'll go back to designing sweaters for myself, which I've done with success in the past. I know knitted garments look and seem complicated, but knitting is really just about basic math. Number of stitches and rows per inch multiplied by the proper measurements and shaping.

I still have three of my handknit sweaters from previous knitting times (all the others sold or given to friends or charity), two of which were self designed. One in particular, which still fits me, remarkably (altho of handspun yarn, therefore very itchy), has features I'll knit again in a future sweater I'm planning for later this year. That is, after I knit a couple of intervening sweaters and a couple more pair of socks.

Last fall I bought a lot of yarn, specifically to use this year. I bought enough of each yarn that I'd have a range of garments I could knit up with each one. So my knitting plans this year are to work with what I now have in my personal stash. Instead of continuing to buy more and more yarn throughout the year. Another way of looking at it is that I invested in a stash of yarns I'd want to use, without always looking to see what's out there yarn-wise. I know what's out there. I'll get to it when I get to it. I think maybe they call this maturity, or self-discipline.

xx

7 comments:

Jacki Long said...

I commented on FB earlier this morning, as your Chalk sweater is wonderful.

I think you are self-disciplined with maturity, how's that? I hope to be there soon, oh, I am old already.

Anna H said...

Beautiful sweater, I'm sure you will get a lot of wear from it. May I ask what the pattern is, I am always looking for great, simple sweater patterns.

Leslie said...

I do like that sweater. Older I get, the more I enjoy loose comfortable clothing. Very nice.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Beautiful!!

john said...

I love how you are naming your sweaters. What an accomplishment! Will you model it sometime? :-)

Sandra Rude said...

Love the sweater! Here's a handful of good wishes for the new year!

Marybeth said...

.....and it is so YOU!! I think it is a wonderful color and a perfect name. Can't wait to see the next one.