Saturday, December 02, 2006

Bradshaw going to town.

I present to you Bradshaw.
Pattern from Noro Knits by Jane Ellison
Yarn Noro Iro color 40
Needles US10
Mods: I knit it on US10 (as opposed to the suggested 10.5/11) cause I like a bit of a tighter knit, especially for a jacket type garment. Also, for the two fronts I CO only 42 st, not 52, and made the collar 7” as opposed to their 14”, and did not make the huge garter stitch calf. I made 8 buttons as opposed to 5, to make it lay flatter. At the moment I have 2 kinds of buttons since I did not have 8 the same, but I may keep it like this. At Bradshaw's first outing, at CancerCare Knitout today, the overwhelming majority of knitting friends liked the odd buttons.
It was great to knit, fast and fun. k2, p2 rib is great. It has a great rhythm, but it is not boring, strangely enough. Moreover, the colors in a variegated yarn, especially this one- keep you wanting to get to the next one. There are a few abrupt color changes due to Noro’s famous knots, and in some cases I undid them and started from another color in another skein, but for the most part I like the surprises. It is very cozy to wear, and I know I will reach for it often. I have almost 3 skeins left over, so with some other yarn I have, I am thinking a little cardi for my son. How cute will that be... me and mini me...
This is my Norovember project, but so what if I finished it on Dec 1st? Some of you may recall the reasons... :-)
Can you tell I am pleased with the way it turned out? As a matter of fact I was rather pleased with myself walking over to the Knitout, in my sweater, hat and gloves!
And who says NY does not care? Here we are NY knitters at the Cancer care knit-out.If you were unable to come today, please consider being a “Virtual Knitter”. They will send you a knitting kit, complete with yarn & a pattern. ( you can also use your own pattern) You send them your completed hat whenever you are ready! Detail on the website.
CancerCare is a very important charity for me, since my mom died from ovarian cancer 3 years ago. I never made her a hat, since she said she did not need it, but why did I listen?

29 comments:

chawne said...

That sweater is a real beauty! You're getting me motivated to knit something substantial. Congrats on a great knit!

Liz K. said...

Gorgeous jacket! Just in time for the cold weather too.

Mary, Mary... said...

I love the mismatched buttons--they highlight the striping of the yarn. Mini-me sweater for your son--LOL! The cold front came through a couple of days ago and my basil got nailed--I hope the moss fares better.

gail said...

What a great sweater!!! And, you look great in it!! A matching mother -son sweater is a wonderful idea!

Cathy said...

Wonderful sweater! Yes - matching sweater for your son would be fun. Kids grow up so fast - take advantage of every op to be a matched set.

Dave said...

Wow, it looks fantastic. And I love too love the buttons. Great colours, and great fit!

kris said...

it looks great! beautiful colours and a great fit. the different buttons match the yarn perfectly. congrats!

Annie said...

Your sweater looks beautiful! And it's very "Hila". I wish I could knit a sweater that fast...

Steph said...

Soo beautiful! It looks greta on you, and a mini version for your little one would be adorable!

Steph said...

great, I meant!

Kelly said...

love the sweater! super cute!

Jeanne said...

Wow, what a cool sweater. When the sweater is laid out flat, it doesn't do it justice. Viewing it being worn is another story—it's very flattering and looks oh-so cozy and warm. I LOVE the mismatched buttons. They complement the sweater's colors beautifully, and the yarn is variegated—why NOT "variegated" buttons? Great job!

PS I crocheted a shawl for my Mother (another survivor then victim of cancer). She was able to wear it about three times. *sigh* I take comfort knowing at least she was able to wear it at all.

Dyann said...

Your sweater is great! I love the buttons you chose.

Anonymous said...

Very lovely cardigan. The colours are so pleasing. It really suits you.

Necia said...

The jacket looks super comfy.

Necia

Holly Burnham said...

I think your sweater came out beautifully....great job....encourages me to stretch what I try to knit past socks and scarves.

Lolly said...

What a beautiful knit! it looks wonderful on you, and it is so well done! It looks like a great fit too. Congrats on the lovely FO! ;)

Rachel said...

I looks great! I like the alternating buttons. And I love the idea of a matching cardi for your son. You'll have to get a family portrait taken.

KnitNana said...

Love Bradshaw - and the mismatched buttons, too! I wasn't knitting when my mom died, but now I wish I could have knit her a shawl.
We'll always have the memories of our mom's telling us they don't need us to do things for us, right? Maybe we should remember not to say that ourselves to our kids...
((((hugs))))

aquaknits said...

Wow, beautiful job!! All the mods you did really make it better than the book versions, and the buttons all work well with it!

Hilde C. said...

It's beautiful! And what beautiful colours the yarn has - the colours remind me of nature, and of the picture you posted with the stone and moss. I think the buttons fits very well with the variegated "theme". You can definetively wear this and feel proud :-)

ChiaLea said...

That looks like such a warm, comfy sweater. It's just in time for all this crazy weather, now that winter's come to town. (I'm assuming here that NYC weather is correlated to Boston weather.)

If you like Noro Iro, you might like Karaoke soy silk/wool. I made most of a sweater out of one, but the pattern I used had... problems, so it didn't work out. The Karaoke colourways are even better than they were back when I got mine, though I'm not sure I like them quite as well as some of the Noro ones. On the other hand, the stuff is incredibly soft and comfy and drape-y, so it's worth looking at.

Garngamen said...

That is just a fabtastic Sweater. You are so skilled, and I really like the colours, pattern, fit and just look at those great buttons. That you had a heart big as the ocean parting us, I have felt. So it is no surprise to me that you share that love so generously where it is needed. Our secretary at work just disappeard with urgent breast cancer, so you just never know what, who and when. Even more important to support each other. Take care my friend, and thanks for that great hints on Paris.

aija said...

OMG, a matching sweater would be tdf!! It looks awesome, great job with your mods (very flattering!)

Krawuggl said...

This cardi is gorgeous, it looks so comfy, warm and tender. I especially love the collar, very nice, and using two kinds of buttons gives it something special. Very well done. (And I love the idea of having one similar for your son - cute!)
My cousin died some years ago by cancer, she was the only one in my big family who ever had it. I think a lot of people don´t like to think about it, unless it happens in your family or with friends. It is great that you are doing so much for this comunity, reminds me that we have them in Germany, too. Thank you.

Annarella said...

What a fab sweater, it looks fantastic and your mods are such an improvement on the pattern. Great work! x

Rain said...

Wow, that looks fantastic on you. It's turned out absolutely stunning.

nona said...

That is a winner sweater! What a nice first outing for the two of you -- wishing you many more

Leslie said...

That sweater is awesome! The fit and the colors are wonderful. Perfect timing for the cold winter winds, too!