Thursday, February 15, 2007

UFO Resurrection: Starsky

So I've had these photos loaded in since last week when Nonnahs took them, but to say this week has been busy, would be an all-time understatement. Things are starting to slow down and except for a little trip next week, my schedule is fairly open now. ANYWAY! - on to the good stuff!

Starsky est fini!! I finished just after the first of the month, so pretty darn close to actually finishing in the month this project was resurrected for the UFO Resurrection Challenge. I am so happy to be done and couldn't be more pleased with the final fit. It is so comfortable through my shoulders and arms. Nothing pulls or tugs. And the best part? I can throw this sweater. Literally. I throw it on the chair. I throw it on the ottoman. It is THAT carefree.

As for the details, I made it with the recommended yarn Knit Picks Sierra in Cranberry. I used about 9 balls without the belt. I decided to leave off the belt, because with my longness it just didn't sit right. I added a single toggle as a closure instead (mainly because I only had one in my sewing bin). It still needs a hook and eye on the inside to help it stay shut and I am still thinking I should add a couple more toggles. The reason? Well, after trying to choose a good photo for this post, I realized that the sweater makes me look a wee bit preggers.

Other than that, I pretty much made the sweater as recommended. I made the smallest size and I do believe I knit a slightly smaller knit gauge to manage the ease. I say "I believe" because I didn't make very good notes when I packed this project away last summer. There were needle size issues that I just went with figuring that I had probably thought through everything at the time despite not remembering a thing now!

As for the collar, we had heard that there were various issues with the collar. However, since I never read anything directly myself, I don't really know what the issues were. Fresh off the needles, mine road up since the ribbing wanted to pull in on itself. I steamed the collar flat and that helped it (p)lay nice. The more I wear it though, the more it starts to ride up again, so I have a feeling that the ironing will be taking place regularly.

Overall, I would give this pattern a big thumbs up. It was easy to follow and straight forward. The pieces came out as advertised and except for the sleeves (were I stalled out), it knit up really fast. I'm still shocked at how quickly the collar knit up. I have a feeling that this sweater will be getting a ton of wear. It really is perfect for San Diego. It adds a nice layer of warmth and replaces the need for a jacket. I don't know about you, but I'd rather wear a sweater than a jacket any day!

11 comments:

knitzalot said...

It looks great! I see what you mean about the pregnant thing in the photo, but in person, it doesn't look that way at all. I think one closure is perfect. Ok, Ok, I'll finish mine!

christine said...

You do NOT look preggers! Starsky is a great sweater! The color is awesome!!!! Go go, girl!

mle said...

It looks fantastic and you do NOT look preggers! The color is perfect on you too!

BeccaU said...

That sweater is so pretty! I love it in the Cranberry too! Nice job!

Jennifer said...

It's gorgeous!

Marisa said...

It looks fantastic!!

Margene said...

Beautiful! That was well worth picking up again!

Crissy Po said...

Wow--very cool. I'm impressed that you resurrected it and finished, because I'm supposed to be doing that too and haven't even looked at my UFO pile!

amanda cathleen said...

Very, very nice! I'm loven the color, and you look great in it!

Theresa said...

Looks fabulous! Great color on you and everything. Loving this UFO challenge thing, aren't you?

Melissa said...

wow, that looks great... it really makes me want to make this sweater!