March 07, 2010

Kitty, kitty, knitty kitten

I, can't be more proud of myself right now.

I have finished this, my "Raspberry Chocolate Kitten" pullover ;
Pattern; Colette Pullover by Veronik Avery, Interweave Knits 2007 Winter.
Yarn; 8 balls (1 oz. = 28 g, 100m per ball) of Patons Purple Heather in colorway 75 (brown), and 5.6 skeins (50 g per skein) of Osaka TOA Prism in red. Both were in my mother's stash (now mine), and at least 30 years old. I strongly believe both yarns are discontinued.
Needles; US 3 (body and sleeves) and US 2 (cuffs, collar and plackets) circular and DPNs (Clover Takumi bamboo US 3 circs and KnitPicks Harmony circs and DPNs US 3 & 2)

It took about a year for me to complete. I am extremely satisfied by what I have achieved.

Yes, I made a mistake which I finally decided to live with.
raspberry kitten on the way front
(between the second and third kitten rows below BO/CO for steek, I skipped one row in red. )

But cutting my first steeks for a garment and picking up collars were fun.
Colette, steeks cut and coller picked

And I found beautiful buttons.
Buttons for Colette

All in all, I had an unbelievably good experience knitting from a magazine pattern, using my mom's yarn and actually FINISH it.

I am still too excited to describe all my feelings about it. I just love this sweater. It's light (weighs less than 500g) and warm. It needs to be handwashed, and it deserves to be done so.