Friday, June 30, 2006

Scoop is Done

Well, the Scoop du Jour is finished and I'm sort of "eh" about it. I guess it's more that it's not a very exciting project. This year I've finished a lot of really fun knits, and this one was quite frankly, boring. There are things about it that I like, and some things I'm not thrilled with. I'm sure I'll wear it a lot, but I don't have the same passion for it as I did say this (man, I love that sweater).

Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like the Scoop, it's just not a "wow, that was a great project, I'm going to love wearing this sweater" project.

Here's the project stats:

Pattern: Scoop du Jour by Bonne Marie Burns (ChicKnits)
Yarn: TLC Cara Mia
Problems with the pattern: the pattern seemed okay. This was my first Chic Knits pattern, as just like any author, one must get used to their style of writting. The problems I had were more from assumptions on my part than with the pattern.
Changes to the pattern: the only thing I did was shorten the sleeves 2" and I could've shortened them an other inch. I know I'm short, but that seems a bit much, even for me. I would warn anyone making this pattern to check the sleeve length. I'm going to have to wear this cuffed (as you can see in the photo).
Overall impressions: Not a bad project. Fairly simple to knit. I made some amateur type mistakes when knitting this that annoy me. As I said in an earlier post, when a style is this simple, those little things are much more noticable. The picked up stitches around the neckline (and thanks to whomever left me the comment about using a crochet slip stitch... I'm going to try that next time) still aren't as neat as I would like. I goofed on my consistancy with my cast on edge (which isn't something I normally do). Those little details are very noticable to me, but not enough to really make me fix them.

So all in all, not a bad project. The yarn is very yummy and cozy. I'm sure I'll get a lot of wear from it. I may not have that elated "yeah the sweater is done!" kind of feeling, but it's good to have it finished.

So now what you may ask... well first, the repairman is coming today. Hopefully I'll have an oven by the end of the day (I'm amazed on how much I use it... I didn't realize). As far as knitting goes, in my usual post project maliase, I'll probably pull out some projects and fiddle around until one "speaks" to me.

I'm still plugging away on the Landscape Shawl, but I'm going to have to find longer needles pretty soon. Now I just need to figure out what else I want to work on. Suggestions always welcomed (but not necessarily followed!)

Happy Knitting!


At 1:34 PM , Kristen said...

It may not be the most exciting knit but it looks like the kind of 'old friend' sweater you can wear everywhere and get a lot of use from. Isn't it time now for something cable-y? ; )

At 3:39 PM , Sonya said...

It's a simple, but very classic sweater. Love the buttons! I just got back to working on Spring Forward today. I'd forgotten how much I love it.

At 10:56 AM , Dawn Brocco said...

Hi Cindy,
Maybe some embroidery would give it a little more style? If the yarn was tweedy, that would have added some visual interest, but I agree with you, as a plain yarn, stockinette sweater, it needs that certain *something* to perk it up.

If it was my sweater (big grin), I would probably embroider a trailing flower from the left shoulder down to before the bustline begins. Then put a small (or several tiny) version of that flower near the wrists. Either in a shiny silk thread or a rayon ribbon embroidery thread - prewashed, naturally, to make sure it won't bleed!

And I might add a bead or few to the flower center - just for that added elegance....


At 12:58 PM , Acornbud said...

Very nice work. Sometimes simple (boring) creates such a classic look. Love to see it is some "action" shots!


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