May 28, 2009

A new sweater just in time for June

Thanks to Peony Knits, I have made my first true clothing item! The pattern is simple and I made it even simpler by just using stockinette stitch along with the ribbing instead of the suggested stitch. Okay, it was a bit tedious, but that's why you have to have a few projects going at once.

Figuring the gauge on this was super easy, which is great because I'm super bad at it. See the post on Bruce's collar for proof.

I used a cheap Caron Brand acrylic because that's what it called for. And because it was cheap. And I like the color. So right now it's soft and sharp looking, and hopefully it won't get too pilly too quickly. Having made it myself, I may actually take care of it by hand washing it to make it last longer. We'll see. Who actually hand washes things?

The button is the most expensive button I've ever bought - but I love it. It's a celluloid, swirly thing made sometime between 1915 and 1930. Bought it at an LYS from a woman who spends her life collecting and selling vintage buttons, many of which date back to the 19th century. So $12 isn't so bad for such a cool button. I also bought a very pretty mother-of-pearl button that's in the shape of some sort of plumeria-type bloom.

So, it's not very fitted, but that's why you call it a "shrug," right? My next piece of clothing will be a little more advanced, but I'm glad I started with this one.


Theresa B said...

Soft and sharp? It made sense when I wrote it.

Anonymous said...

What a pretty shrug! Congrats!

Becky said...

I love it!

Sara said...

I like it! Great color and good job! The button is awesome too.

Nina said...

Vey cute!