Monday, November 30, 2009

a huge sigh of relief

Another update on the 'Owls' sweater:
Remember the excess bunching at the upper back of the sweater, and that I mentioned ripping it out...

Well, thank goodness for Christine's resounding "NOOOO" and for all of you who recommended blocking it first. I've knit sweaters before, but haven't put a whole lot of importance on blocking--I'm so thankful to have learned something new!

Here is the 'after blocking' shot...

Much better, I think.
There's still a little excess, but I think I can live with it. And let me say, I do not blame the pattern at all in this whole matter. Even when sewing dress/blouse patterns I have had to make alterations for my apparently narrow back.
Kate Davies has designed a beautiful pattern, and I found it very easy to follow.
I decided to go with simpler look and am leaving out the button eyes...

Thanks again, ladies, for all your help!!

25 comments:

  1. It does look lovely now - it is quite amazing how blocking transforms a garment - and it may well improve further with each washing. Apparently this is why old knitting always looks so neat - it is not that people were necessarily more skilled, it is just that the tension has had more time to even out!

    Pomona x

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  2. What a huge difference blocking can make. It looks lovely and you can stand tall with pride, no slouching to fill the gap! Excellent job.

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  3. Oh My Gosh, what a difference that made! Don't you just love that? It looks fabulous! I like the non-button look also.

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  4. Bea-hoot-iful! I am making one for my daughter too!

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  5. My goodness, I didn't think blocking would make that much of a difference. It is beautiful!!!

    God bless.

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  6. Congratulations for sticking with it! Looks awesome.

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  7. What a lovely success story. Thank you.

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  8. Blocking. One more thing I have to do now! It is amazing how fabulous this looks! I am rather smitten with the pattern -- more now that you have fixed the whole Quzimoto thing.... Precious!

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  9. Blocking. One more thing I have to do now! It is amazing how fabulous this looks! I am rather smitten with the pattern -- more now that you have fixed the whole Quzimoto thing.... Precious!

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  10. Oh Deb! You and your sweater look just beautiful! I love it :) I am still in the scarf stage :)

    Have a blessed evening :)
    Sharon

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  11. A lovely swerater! It looks beautiful! I am not a knitter, and admire those of you who do such lovely work. Good job for keeping with it.
    Debbie

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  12. It is just beautiful! I tend to put lots of time and effort into my knitting and then not so much on the finishing up! I have learned a lesson too. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Beautiful and fun! Gee, I never block either, but I guess it really does make quite a difference.

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  14. Lovely sweater!
    I think you are like me, from the previous era of knitter's, who didn't necessarily block the heck out of anything unless you absolutely had to. There is often something to be said for letting a sweater relax on it's own. Glad a little steam heat worked for you this time.

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  15. Oh I like it and it looks so good on you!

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  16. Just beautiful, I love the sweater too ;-) xoxox Clarice

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  17. Yeah! Success! I'm impressed with your tenacity to go back and correct it! I hate that part of sewing or knitting and must force myself to do it.

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  18. Knitting...blocking...((it's all greek, to me))! I am just impressed that you all have this talent.

    Looks beautiful!! I do like the spirit of learning something new, and I would love to learn - lots of *NEW* things. I am hopeful for that "someday".

    I'll be faithful to sew what I do know... and Lord knows, there is alot on my plate right now. I love admiring, though. You're so inspiring.

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  19. It looks great!...now. :-)
    I too am not the best about blocking. I may forever think about the transfirmation your sweater took just from blocking.

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  20. Wow, what a huge difference blocking makes! Never again will I underestimate the power of blocking! It looks fabulous on you!

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  21. You must be so pleased to have finished such a successful project. It's lovely. I don't even know what blocking is, so well done! xx

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  22. Oh, I'm so glad the blocking made such a difference, and you didn't have to redo. It is absolutely lovely!

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  23. Hurray - it looks so nice on you! Wow - a sweater completed during an appropriate season for actually wearing it.

    --Vicki K

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  24. That sweater is fantastic! Beautiful work!

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