Saturday, February 25, 2006

Goin For Da Gold!

Howdy peeps! Tonight, I completed Angelica, my Knitting Olympics project! I finished a sweater in only 2 weeks. Unfreakinbelievable! I'm goin for the gold!

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Pattern: Glampyre's Angelica, available at HipKnits
Yarn: 6 1/2 balls (approx 700 yards) Plymouth Suri Merino (50% merino, 50% alpaca), color 2174
Needles: Susan Bates Quicksilver, size 8 and size 6 for keyhole trim
Start: Olympic Opening Ceremonies - 2/10/2006
Finish: 2/24/06
- 4 decrease rows in the "bust darts" instead of 6 to make up for my lack of waist!
- additional plain rows to add length
- added 4 increase rows before beginning hip shaping
- added 3 inches to sleeve length

The story of the yarn
My SIL bought me 5 balls of different boucle yarn for Christmas. She's not a knitter, so although the thought was there...the yarn was not my style. She also lives in Delaware, so I had to drive 3 hours to the LYS she purchased the yarn from to exchange it! Furry and I drove down one afternoon in December when we were off from work. We left our apartment around 2 pm...and got to the store at 5:15...they close at 5! Luckily a phone call was all it took to keep them open a few extra minutes, so I didn't have too much time for browsing. I picked the first soft, relatively inexpensive yarn I could find...Plymouth Suri Merino was $6 for 110 yards.

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I think this yarn was a bit too thin for this pattern. The gague was pretty close with the recommended size 8 needles, but the stitches are not as crisp and firm as I would have wanted, like Illanna's or Bronxie's. But, the yarn is soft, and warm, so I will get a ton of wear out of this one!

My row gague was off a bit, so instead of 2o rows/4", i came in at 23 rows/4". This made for a slightly smaller keyhole, which is fine by me because I don't have to wear something under the sweater!
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Have a great night - we're off to visit friends in Massachusetts tomorrow!


  1. Gorgeous!
    The mods you made are very clever and it fits you really well. Nice work!

  2. you went for the gold and got it! hahah. you did a wonderful job! man i can't believe you drove 3 hours to exchange the yarn! well, wait...i would do the same thing...hmmm... hahahaha. have fun this weekend

  3. yay! I told you youd do it! Looks great, I really like the way the yarn knit up. Enjoy it!

  4. I think she looks beautiful. Have fun this weekend

  5. Nice work. The yarn and color are great and it fits you so well.

  6. wow! angelica turned out just gorgeous! congratulations on winning gold!

  7. I love it Julsey. It looks wonderful.


  8. great work! i love that color and it's doubly great that you used free yarn.

  9. Lovely. I really wanted to see this knit up. I love the darts and the color. The keyhole seems quite a bit smaller than I thought it would be, but very cute.

  10. You really made great time getting that sweater finished. Yea for your Gold Medal to go with the sweater!

  11. I think it looks lovely! Congrats!

  12. i haven't finished yet, so it's hard to say how many balls I'll use for the cardigan. I can't even remember how many I bought! I think I bought about 10, and I think I have about 3 left.

    Your sweater is gorgeous by the way- did I say that already?