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seamless hybrid in progress – trials and tribulations

Ok, so that tagline was just for my Jesus Christ Superstar-loving boyfriend. Though, there has been *a bit* of trial with this sweater! Just a little bit. And self-imposed, at that.

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This picture was supposed to show how far I got before I ripped it back all the way to the hem, but it doesn’t really show anything at all, except a yarnbomb in my lap. And my water bottle in the seat-back pocket on the flight to Amsterdam. Anyways, the story doesn’t start there. It starts here:

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Or, you know, it starts further back. I made John a Seamless hybrid sweater (Elizabeth Zimmerman style) back in 2009. Since I keep borrowing it, I figured I should probably just make one for myself. So I started, with some lovely tweed yarn in a seafoam green that I bought in Portland, Maine, and I knit all of the stockinette of the body before deciding that yes, I really did need to buy two more skeins to have enough yarn, and no, I could not find a dye lot match.

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So, I ripped back to the hem and now I’m knitting this sweater – again – but now with alternating new yarn and old yarn every row. I considered just doing the one color and then the other, but I knew the color difference would be too much for even a transition blending to camouflage this one. You can see the difference in the color if you look hard; the hem actually is a different color being just the old yarn, and there are striations in the stockinette. I don’t mind (at least I mind a lot less than very subtle, but not subtle enough colorblocking would have).

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And, this sweater got to go back to Italy being exactly as much knit as it was last time, despite the hours put into it in the meanwhile.

wpid-20130329122523837.jpgI’m glad it’s all stockinette though. I am travelling to spend this coming weekend doing a final fitting (and then opening night!) for the costumes I’ve worked on the last several months, and I’m bringing a book and this sweater to keep me company in transit. Here’s to smooth sailing from now on out!

  • beautiful color
    and
    that yarn is one of my absolute favourites!
    all the garments i have knitted with this yarn keeps
    it’s shape perfectly despite endless use.
    the local yarnshop had 50% on a few colors of this yarn
    last month and i manged to get hold on just enough for a
    cardigan or sweater. lucky me : )

    wishing you the best of luck with the fitting
    and
    also with the opening night.

    v

    • indigorchid

      Hi Vibeke – thank you for your input on the yarn, I’m so glad to hear you like this yarn! When I knit I think it’s hard to know ecactly how the yarn will behave as fabric, so that’s really helpful.

      Yey for sales and sweater amounts of yarn (I have a bad habit of just buying “a little” of yarn or fabric, a yard or a couple of skeins, when I don’t know what I’m using it for. Which of course means I often don’t have enough to make what I actually want! Must. buy. more.)!