I Knit A Sweater!

It's an exciting day for me as a knitter.  I knit a sweater in just over two months and it fits.  It even looks good.  I wore it out to dinner tonight!  Like so many of us, I struggle with never-enough-time-to-knit and not always being able to translate a pattern into something that fits well and looks good.  I feel like I've made a lot of progress in the last couple of years and I'm really happy with this one.

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This is Mithril.  It's knit in my own yarn, Elliebelly Chemise, a silk linen blend in a sport weight. I used five skeins, down to the last little bit.  But, if I had followed the length suggested in the pattern, I could have done it in four.  I opted for a longer, tunic style.  This little twist is all of the yarn I had leftover.  So happy to have a win at yarn chicken!

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The pattern is well-written and very straightforward.  Mithril is a sweater a beginner could knit, but the sweet cable detailing was enough to give me something to look forward to and keep knitting despite the miles of stockinette.

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This is the perfect "wear it with everything sweater."  I had it on tonight with a long, white silk skirt but it looks equally good with jeans and leggings.  I like it enough that I would consider knitting a winter wool version, possibly with a higher neckline.

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This sweater is so comfortable that I really don't want to take it off — in fact, as you can see, I've already gotten one good nap in while wearing it.  It feels great to have knit something I know I will wear over and over.  The original idea for this sweater came about because I had a similar white linen sweater, minus the cables, that I had worn since college and it finally wore out.  I'm guessing this one will last as long as the original.  Linen wears like iron and even with a gentle steam blocking, the fiber has already softened and opened up. 

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The original yarn was very pretty, but I'm even happier with the finished sweater.  It's good to be a knitter.

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