Thursday, March 16, 2006

Tidal Wave!

Guess what I finally finished?
Tidal Wave is done! I'm happy with how it came out--not too big as I had feared. I spent two hours over the weekend shortening the sleeves by four rows, and I am so glad I did. No monkey sleeves for me!

Pattern Notes:

"Tidal Wave" designed by Kim Hargreaves and found in the Rowan Plaid Collection. Knit in Rowan Plaid yarn, color #158 (Nuzzle) on U.S. Size 11 needles.

I had no problems following the pattern. The only thing I changed was to make the turtleneck about half the length called for in the pattern, because I hate really bulky turtlenecks. It doesn't quite have the design punch of the original, but it'll be much more comfortable for me to wear.

Like most Rowan yarns, the Plaid is really soft and nice, and I love the unique marled look. However, I found the pattern gauge to be a little looser than I would like. The yarn also didn't hold up to recycling that well. I knit the turtleneck from a new ball of yarn and the fabric has a lot more "squish" to it than the rest of the sweater, which is kind of flat looking. It is also a VERY warm sweater, due to the alpaca content. Good thing it has lots of ventilation!

In other knitting news, I'm now about halfway up the front of Cherie, and patiently waiting for the last ball of yarn to arrive...*twiddles thumbs*...I guess if I get too bored I can swatch for my Rebecca wrap cardi.

I can't believe I am only about 3 weeks away from my trip to Europe! Woo hoo!

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7 Comments:

At March 16, 2006 9:39 AM, Anonymous Erin said...

Beautiful! I love the color!

 
At March 16, 2006 3:39 PM, Blogger desiknitter.typepad.com said...

Wow! It looks great, Lobstah! I also love the colour and the way it fits you.

 
At March 16, 2006 8:44 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

oooohh!! I love it! I'm so glad you recycled the yarn for a sweater you can love! You've got a whole water theme going with the pattern name and color, too.

And how exciting another FO is just around the corner. And a trip to Europe. You've got some good times ahead (and you'll be well-dressed).

 
At March 16, 2006 11:59 PM, Blogger Knittinreed said...

Great job Lobstah!!! I love the color and texture.

 
At March 17, 2006 5:22 AM, Blogger Jeanne said...

Beautiful sweater! I love the yarn - I used this for a sweater for my husband, and I've always wanted to get more for me in Nuzzle.

 
At March 17, 2006 7:26 PM, Anonymous may said...

ooooh that rocks!!! :D great job!

oh, and I am a fan of monkey sleeves :D My sleeves are almost always knit down to my knuckles!

 
At March 19, 2006 1:41 PM, Blogger tatjana said...

hey! that looks awesome! the colour and pattern are really nice, great job :)

 

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