Monday, December 25, 2006

Setesdal Finished!

Just call me Helga
We took these pics earlier today, before the sweater had its first wash. I hope it will settle in around the zipper area a little better. It's on the drying rack right now.


Details
Pattern: one I worked out from pictures and charts in Nordic Knitting
Yarn: Asa Gjestal Spinneri Superwash Sport, 100 m = 50 gms. purchased from Elann.com in 2004.
Started: Autumn 2004.
Completed: After 2 year dormant period, Dec 24, 2006

Worked on US #6 and #4 needles at 6 st and 7 rows per inch.

I had always wanted to make a somewhat traditional Norwegian sweater, but I'm not partial to snowflake motifs. Also, as a confirmed cheapskate, and even though I know that the Dale yarns are supremely durable, I never wanted to shell out the $$ for a sweater in my size. I hope I won't regret using this bargain yarn. So far, I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. This was the first time in my life I ever put a zipper into my knitting. My original plan had been a buttoned placket, but I figured I should face my fear of zippers in knits. I sewed it in by hand, with backstitch and black sewing thread.

23 comments:

DeltaDawn said...

Hot damn that's a gorgeous sweater! It looks FABULOUS on you! Yes - you absolutely get to be an honorary Norwegian - let's see, we shall call you Sigrid (you could be Snaelaug or Gunnhild!)

Emma said...

Wow ! That's a beauty. Really stunning. It looks so good on you. The colour, the fit, everything.
Hear it with pleasure and pride.

Batty said...

Oh, wow. That is such a gorgeous piece of knitting, I'm glad you finished it. It looks amazing on you.

Zonda said...

That is gorgeous!! Fits you well! Excellent job and I hope you wear it for a long time! Good for you putting in the zipper too! I hate zippers...even in sewing! I also hate to shell out $$ for sweaters for our size too! :)

Laura said...

Wow, Elizabeth! That looks really nice! Also, congrats on confronting the zipper challenge head on! It's a great sweater!

Carina said...

Wow! That looks amazing! The lines are just right for you, and the knitting is gorgeous! I'm really impressed. Does that mean I should start the size two needles one I've got the pattern and yarn for? ;-)

Becky in Iowa :O) said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm green with envy. I'm going to have to work harder if I ever want to be anywhere near as good as you. :O)

Merry Christmas hun!

Bezzie said...

WOW! Way to nail all that intricate Nordic knitting AND finishing a languishing UFO! It looks great!

Although I still think you look like an Inga and not a Helga ;-)

Wendy said...

It looks great and I am amazed at your foritude! Good zipper action, too. I hope you get lots of wear (which, we all know, is the biggest of all hurdles when it comes to handknits).

Jerry & Maxy said...

Gorgeous!!!! Beautiful knitting, E! WOW! Congratulations, and Merry Cmas.

enallagma9 said...

Wow, that looks great! Congratulations! It really suits you, too. And you worked out the pattern yourself - impressive!

Charity said...

Holey Moley, you look great! What a major project, you must be so pleased with yourself! :0)

Carol said...

Oh Helga! How beautiful is that sweater!?

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

It's an absolute shame that you worked so hard and it turned out so badly. It looks like crud on you. It doesn't fit and the colors, well, really, I just can't put it any nicer. You shouldn't have to look at it one more minute!! I can be there in an hour and twenty minutes to take it off your hands.

Elizabeth said...

Ha Kathy! I'm afraid the sleeves will be too long for you. They are almost too long for me and I have very long arms. Nice try, though.

Bufanditas said...

Impressive work!!!! Fabulous sweater!!!!

Laura said...

It looks terrific Elizabeth! You could sell that pattern in a heartbeat. It looks like a real Dale of Norway sweater.

I'm sorry that I've been absent from commenting, bloglines wasn't updating you for me. Then I noticed that you fell off my bloglines list! Perhaps it happened when you switched to blogger beta? I wonder when I'll get a chance to switch to beta. I really want to.

bradyphrenia said...

that is just an amazingly beautiful sweater. congrats on finishing!

MollyBeees said...

Oh My Gosh! The sweater is gorgous!!!!!

emily said...

The sweater looked even better in person today at coffee-- it was good hanging out with you today! And I will say the yarn definitely looked like it would last just fine-- norwegian yarn is norwegian yarn, right?

Sam said...

You did a beautiful job! It is absolutely, absolutely, stunning!!! Thank you for the constant inspiration!

Carrie K said...

Wow, Eliza- I mean, Helga, that looks great!

Karen said...

That is absolutely stunning. It's gorgeous and I applaud you getting over your fears of sewing in a zipper. I still hate doing it and will do just about anything to avoid sewing in a zipper.