Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Deep Purple

I think it's finally time...

I've had the yarn for this in the stash for almost a year now. I bought four HUGE (250 gram) hanks of this deep purple Kid Aran at Little Knits last fall with this project in mind. I know that's a lot of yarn, but I have had way too many experiences with running out halfway through the second sleeve, and I knew I'd probably never be able to get more of this hand dyed yarn to match.

After finishing up two lingering projects in the past two days (an endeavor that involved lace repairs, rescue yarn, and the dyepot), I feel I have served my penance for putting the Round Yoke Jacket on the shelf. (I'll show you the finished projects once I can get pictures.) After several rounds of swatching for projects in my queue and not really feeling the love for any of them, I think I am ready to tackle this one. I've been looking forward to it for a long time, but Death By Cables sort of took the edge off my cable love for a while there.

I'm planning to make this one significantly longer than the original. I don't really like cropped sweaters. I hit 5'11" when I was 14, so I've spent most of my life tugging on clothes that are too short. I have a hard time deliberately making a short sweater. I want mine to be hip-length. I think I can just add length to the peplum, but I'll have to see. For those who aren't familiar with this pattern, the peplum is knitted as one long piece, then the upper part of the sweater is worked in right and left halves, each incorporating front, back, and one sleeve. It looks to be a bit complicated to adjust sizing. Fortunately, I fall comfortably within one of the existing sizes, except for the length.

I'm hoping to cast on tonight, after my birthday party! Yes, indeed. Yarnhog is a year older today. I've been 29 for the past 10 years, so I think it may be time to turn 35.

27 comments:

Suzanne said...

Happy birthday!!!! I love that sweater. I'm sure it'll be beautiful with that yarn.

theresa said...

You're hilarious!! That purple is gorgeous, your coat will be a fav. I"m sure. Make the cables on the sleeves symmetrical - my only (somewhat anal) advice. Happy
35th!?

Fibra Artysta said...

Happy birthday woman! :)

Sharon said...

Happy birthday, dear Yarnhog! You can stay 29 for as long as you want. :)

joan said...

Happy Birthday! I think I have a D. Bliss book with a longer version of that sweater, I'll let you know.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Love the sweater and love the color. I am very excited to watch your progress :)!!

punkin said...

Beautiful project. I look forward to seeing your progress.

Happy Birthday!

Gail said...

Happy Birthday!

Maureen said...

A very happy birthday to you!

Tammy said...

Happy birthday! Casting on sounds like a great way to celebrate.

TheBlackSheep said...

Happy Birthday!

Any anyone who finishes 2 lingering projects in as many days deserves a medal.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Happy Birthday. That's a gorgeous sweater! Can't wait til it's done to see it!

Angelika said...

I'll add to the b-day greetings and what better way to celebrate than to cast on something new. I love the color, but then I'm very partial to purple anyway. I know how it feels to breath the thinner air and hunting for pants that don't make you look like you are expecting the next flood.

Kristin said...

Well then, Happy 35th!
The purple is really lovely.
Have a great party.

Steph B said...

35 it is! Happy Birthday, you spring chicken, you! Have fun with the new project - it looks lovely, and that yarn is luscious. Enjoy!

marit said...

Happy Birthday!
The yarn is lovely, the sweater will be great. Casting on tonight sounds like the perfect birthdaypresent;-)

Viktoria said...

Happy Birthday! Love the color for the soon-to-be sweater

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your day! I love the purple yarn!

Sarah said...

Happy birthday! That's going to be a gorgeous sweater -- what a lovely shade of purple!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday! I love this sweater and it's going to rock in that deep purple. I can't abide by cropped anything either. Good luck!

crochetgurl said...

oooh i can't wait to see it...i always thought that pattern looked so gorgeous and intricate...

btw, your opulent raglan has inspired me to make one too...i caved in last week and bought the latest issue of knitscene just for that pattern...i swatched for it last night using ella rae wool since i don't have any elizabeth lavold classic al around...i love the higher neck on your version...how did you purposely make the higher neck? do you make more rows than the row gauge call for, or less rows? thanks!

crochetgurl said...

oooh...happy birthday! :-)

5elementknitr said...

Happy Birthday!! Where can we send presents?

I had a friend in high school who was 6' tall but she felt it was "unladylike" so when people asked, she'd tell them she
was 5'12". You'd be amazed at how many people never caught on.

I've been wondering about your Sligo. I think that's what it's called - the one with the pretty green yarn and the difficult cables you figured out how to manage w/o cable needle. You were going to open up the bottom hem but cut the wrong yarn? Is that the lace repair one you were talking about?

Happy birthday again!

Haley said...

happy belated birthday. hope it was a great one!

Karen said...

Happy belated birthday!

Cynthia said...

Happy Birthday!

You can lengthen that sweater, no problem. Just keep knitting, and knitting, and knitting.

It's a wonderful pattern. I plan to finish mine to be able to wear THIS WINTER. It is a VOW.

CatBookMom said...

Slightly belated, but "Hippo Birdie Two Ewe"!! That's a lovely jacket, and the purple is a great choice. Hope you had a lovely day.