Sunday, June 10, 2007

Pure and Simple..MY EYE~~






Being a middle aged person, I should know when something reads pure and simple..that it's merely a title..it really doesn't mean..it's 'pure' or 'simple'..



As they say..'A sucker is born every minute'...I fell for the..it's easy line once again.



Ok..it wasn't TOO bad...



The Weekend Neck Down Pullover that is...I still think there was a misrepresentation on the name..unless there are 6 days in a weekend..this can't be true.



I started this 'beast' last Saturday by casting on for the neck..that went very quickly and I was quite pleased ..then I knew I would need some professional help after this..well thank God for the professional that she is..also a very honest one..I had cast on for a size 50..Becky felt that even if I had successful implants that there would still be room in a size 50 for me and a large family of elephants...so I ripped it all out on Monday and did it considerably smaller...after having the immediate questions answered and knowing I was capable at this point of making it through the yoke..I came home and knit fiercely...so that I could be right back at the shop on Tues. for help on dividing for the sleeve..and then I made it through the rest of the sweater and didn't harass the yarn shop again until Fri..at which time I was 'stuck on sleeves' again..well, actually I wasn't really stuck but I needed a little 'remedial help' on those stitches that needed to be picked up..and then I was on my own again..I finished the sleeves and she is now ready for those final touches of finishing the loose ends.



I have to say..I'm very surprised that it was as easy as it was..and also that it turned out as nicely as it did..remember folks..it's my first,...it's not perfect but it gives me motivation to do again and reach perfection.



The pattern that I used was from Knitting Pure and Simple and it's called Weekend Neck Down Pullover..#224. I used almost 8 skeins of Encore Mega on #16 circulars..in #240, which is oatmeal like in color..I think a great choice in color as it will match anything in the wardrobe..



My most gracious thanks for the professional help..being there and being willing to lead me in the right direction...and a few laughs which are always good for a nervous knitter..
I can also say in total honesty..for some of you speed demon knitters out there..it could easily be done in a weekend.



And I leave you with a few pictures...



Happy Knitting~~

7 comments:

Nikki said...

It really is beautiful!! You did great!

Marianne said...

Well, Ms. Sweater-knitter! You did a great job..it looks like a great sweater!....I guess we'll probably have to wait until next Fall before we get to see you wearing this?...yep, that's what I thought. Looking forward to that though!

Robin said...

Beautiful sweater!! With the weather we had last week how could you have even worked on it?

Becky said...

Dianne, I am the proudest I could possibly be at this moment. You have to take all the credit for this beautiful sweater. What a beautiful job. I mean that. Your stitches look fantastic and the whole thing just looks great. I always have a little fear when I get involved in someones knitting that I will lead them the wrong way. I hope my suggestion on size turned out okay. See you soon!

Dianne said...

Becky,
It could not fit more perfectly..Thank you for all your help and advice!! I so appreciate it..plus I just love to spend time learning from you..thanks again!!

Dana said...

AMAZING! It's absolutely lovely Dianne and you should be so proud of yourself! GREAT JOB!

Jan said...

What a great sweater Dianne! It looks like a super sweater to pull on for weekends (and not that it would only take a weekend to knit)! Your first sweater, and it fits!!! You will always love this one best. Many, many congratulations.