Tuesday, January 02, 2007

First FO of 2007: Turbulence

First FO of the new year: Turbulence from Knitting Nature. Another first: my first set in sleeves. They fit! I was nervous because I had to fudge things a bit because somehow, I was a couple of stitches off somewhere. But they're in. They don't bulge or pucker. And, best of all, the sweater is almost falling off my shoulders. This means that it should fit my sister just fine.

This is me wearing it.

The yarn is really difficult to photograph. Berrocco Softwist is very beautiful. It's a light wool with a strand of something shiny spun throughout. Unfortunately, the shine also reflects the light from my flash. Here's a picture with flash:

And here's one without. Didn't help much, did it?

Pattern details: Turbulence U-neck sweater from Knitting Nature by Nora Gaughan.
Needles: US4 for the ribbing, US6 for the stockinette and cables
Size: Small (36 inch bust)

Why this sweater: In her introduction to the pattern, Nora writes that the cables imitate the way river water flows around stones. Last year, my sister managed to overcome a great many obstacles, including a learning disability, and become a physical therapist. It seemed very appropriate that she should have this sweater.
As I was knitting and putting the pieces together, I thought about life with my sister in general. It is, I think, fair to say that it's always been very turbulent -- there's always something going on, there are always people around her, she's always doing something. We are very different that way. I'm an introvert, she's an extrovert. Even when we were growing up, no toy was any good unless there were other children to share it with. I was happy being by myself, but she was always off with someone, doing something, getting herself in trouble while somehow still believing that "somehow, it'll all turn out OK."
She loves people, and they love her in return. She loves a good party, but she has dedicated her life to making those who are in pain feel better. She has grown a lot, from a wild party girl to a (still occasionally wild) responsible adult.

Life with my sister may be turbulent, but it's never boring.

23 comments:

Faerynuff said...

Now that is a beautiful jumper! It fits with your sisters story too.

Enjoy your calorimetry, I made mine smaller, cast on 80 stitches and repeated the short rows until it was half the width I thought I wanted it. I'd make it again, but narrower still.

Bonnie said...

The sweater and the yarn are both lovely. What a thoughtful gift for your sister. I hope it brings her much happiness.

weezalana said...

Batty, it's beautiful! As is the story behind it. :)

KnittyJayde said...

What a gorgeous sweater!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments you leave on my blog, always gives me a grin :)

bradyphrenia said...

you did a beautiful job. i'm sure your sister will love it.

Stephanie said...

Batty, you are being missed something terrible today...

I thought of you last night as I unearthed an old cross stitch project from the attic and gave it a once over. As the yarn has been temporarily cast to the attic, I figured the cross stitching could come down. I need to finish a project! Any project!

cpurl17 said...

It's a beautiful sweater and the story behind the inspiration is wonderful.

Amanda said...

That is a simply wonderful sweater. I'm sure your sister will love it!

The Fluffy Ewe said...

Very pretty sweater!

My sister and I are night and day so we have a very turbulent relationship as well. If we weren't sisters I probably not choose her as a friend. Lol Your sis will love it as I know mine would if I knitted a sweater for her. :)

Batty said...

Thank you so much, everybody! I'll try to get my sister to send me a picture of her wearing the sweater.

faerynuff, thanks for the heads-up on calorimetry. My noggin isn't particularly large, I think I'll try 80 stitches.

stephanie, it's great to hear from you! I really hope your yarnophobia ends soon so you can knit or otherwise craft something for the baby.
Maybe cross stitch is the way to go for now. Floss isn't as scary as yarn, right?

sgeddes said...

What a beautiful sweater. Looks like you did a wonderful job. I'm sure your sister will love it.

I've seen so many pretty things from that book. I'll have to chekc it out and see what sizes the patterns are written for.

Kate said...

amazing sweater- can't wait to see a pic of your sister wearing it

Zonda said...

That is just beautiful! You did an awesome job on it! I have a few skeins of that color and I know what you mean about that shiny fiber. It is so soft. What a lucky sister she is! Hope all goes well with her! :)

Andi said...

It's only January 3rd and you have a FO. I'm jealous. It's gorgeous.

Batty said...

That's because I started it in... oh, late September, and just didn't get around to finishing it until now. So no need to be impressed, I'm just so late that I'm early! : )

SuzannaBanana said...

It's gorgeous. Congratulations on doing the set-in sleeves! That's not an easy thing to get right.

I have a cousin a lot like your sister. Being around her is like being caught up in a whirlwind of joy, hope and uncertainty. Turbulent is a good word for it.

I'm going to take a cue from KnittyJayde and thank you. Your comments on my blog are always a bright spot in my day.

Rain said...

What a lovely sweater, it sounds just right for your sister.

monica said...

Beautiful sweater. That is one of my favorites in that book. It is just lovely, I am sure she will love it.

Jo said...

It's gorgeous! I received that book for Christmas and that is definitely one of the sweaters I would like to try. You did a wonderful job!

Jo said...

Okay... take two...

Your sweater is gorgeous! I received the same book for Christmas and that is one of the sweaters I would like to try. You did a wonderful job on it.

Batty said...

The book is fantastic. I know there are some errors in the patterns, but somewhere on someone's blog, I saw a list of errata. Unfortunately, this was after I'd finished the sweater, but it's good to know the list is there. Googling Knitting Nature as a phrase and errors or errata will pull it up.

Jessica said...

Aw, that's so sweet! Sisters are the best. I'm sure she'll love that sweater. I love the color!

veritas said...

oooohhh that is stunning... she will love it!