Custom Fit :: Eddy Sweater

After fiddling around with socks the past couple weeks, I was in the mood for a quick, instant gratification knit.  Just last week, we recieved (the Yarn Underground) the Custom Fit trunk show filled with samples of Amy Herzog's designs.  For those not familiar, the Custom Fit program is a service that allows you to create any one of Amy's designs custom for your measurements.  The Yarn Underground has this subscribtion and after seeing the show, Shelley and I decided to create the same design, Eddy, from the numerous options on the Custom Fit site.  Additionally, I was surprised to find out that I would actually have a three day weekend last Friday and so my insta-knit began.

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More BT......

I have been on quite the Brooklyn Tweed kick for my latest knit projects.  Taking a break from my ecommerce and turning my focus towards actually writing down my patterns for designs has been my goal for 2016.  Between staring stints at my computer screen, I have to have something inspirational on the needles.

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From Fiber to Sweater Pt. II

I am very happy to announce that, as of this week, I was able to finish my first sweater made from hand spun wool that I spun as I knit.  As with the nature of being a beginner spinner, it took me a couple boobins worth of navajo ply to really get a good consistancy, and even then, my yarn became bulkier the closer to the end.  

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From Fiber to Sweater

So here we are.  A new venture. 

 Back Panel, Pre-blocking

Back Panel, Pre-blocking

After many questions regarding, "why don't you have a blog?!" posed to me in the recent years, I've decided it's time.   Anyone who knows me. knows to not start a conversation about knitting or anything fiber art related, unless they are ready to delve into said conversation for hours.

With all the social media outlets out there now, it's easy to get lost in the world surrounding fiber and textiles.  I have decided that it may be good to start a home base for all the various projects I'm working on and other beautiful pieces that others are working on that can inspire.

I will be kicking off this whole blog-sphere endeavor talking about my current Fiber to Sweater project.

I have recently, as in the past 5 weeks, began spinning and have become completely hooked.  When I say hooked, I mean obsessed.  I started out with drop spinning in February and quickly moved onto a Schacht Ladybug.  Once I started on the Ladybug I was hooked with its speed and accessibility.  Complete and utter love.

 Me and Ma-lady hitting the road

Me and Ma-lady hitting the road

Earlier this year I had made one of those very trendy roving blankets out of some locally milled and sheared, Idaho Targhee.  Once I brought the Ladybug home. I almost immediately decided that blanket was no good and started to frog it for the fiber.  It's really like an addiction, I have already pondered what my cats hair would spin up like....

 Mr. Henry loving on the soon-to-be-back-to-fiber blanket

Mr. Henry loving on the soon-to-be-back-to-fiber blanket

 With the amount of wool I already had from that blanket, I got the idea that this would be my first sweater project from hand spun wool.  After spinning about 3 small skeins, roughly 2-3 ounce hanks, for consistency, I realized this yarn would be perfect for the beautiful Snoqualmie by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed.  

 From Fiber to Navajo 3 ply  

From Fiber to Navajo 3 ply  

Ever since this pattern was published in January, I have been aching to make it.  It was inspired by the Snoqualmie Valley, which is where I spent a large part of my youth, and so, this pattern seemed so perfectly fitting for my fiber to sweater endeaver. 

 Snoqualmie by Michele Wang, courtesy of  Brooklyn Tweed   

Snoqualmie by Michele Wang, courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed  

Finding the sweet spot for spinning took a couple hanks, but I am happy to say I have found a perfect stride.  Luckily, my gauge was very close to the pattern so no repatterning was neccessary. 

 Gauging out for the Snoqualmie sweater.  

Gauging out for the Snoqualmie sweater.  

The entire sweater is worked flat in pieces, including the sleeves, and seamed together.  The collar looks to have some minimal short row shaping and is worked by picking up stitches.  I have so far finished the back and nearly the left front panel and they are coming out beyond beautiful.   

My plan is to use some handmade, antler buttons from The Yarn Underground to add that extra bit of bespoked, locally made flair.  

I am just so excited for the final outcome.  I will try to update with news as it comes along.