January 13, 2008

It Really did start as a Kushu Kushu Jacket!

I love the way it turned out, but I should have known this project wasn't going to be what I expected when my dog got a hold of the yarn. Maybe that was the bad omen. While waiting for my replacement yarn, I got off on a tangent of knitting a Skif sweater & some neckwarmers & fingerless gloves for Christmas gifts. New year, back to the Kushu. So, what happened to the collar? I'm pretty sure I knit it all wrong. I admit I had a difficult time with the shoulder & collar shaping with the Japanese pattern format. The rest of the sweater knit up as instructed fairly easily. It's much shorter than I wanted it. If I knit it again, I would use a #10 size needle, instead of the #9, and I would add some length to it. During felting, it shrunk much more in length than width. If I had followed the felting directions, I would have had a sweater for a Barbie, not even a baby. I really did very minimal felting, & then I blocked it to get some length back. So where is the cool, asymmetrical front? Well, as it shrunk vertically more, the point that comes out would have buttoned directly over my left breast. Not attractive button placement in my opinion. So, I reversed the front pieces. Not nearly as unique as the Kushu Kushu, but I still enjoy it. I'm really crazy about how these yarns come out felted. I love the deconstructed look. I'm looking forward to working with these yarns again. This time, maybe my own design. Happy New Year & Happy Knitting.
- Cara

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