For several years now, one of my Holy Grail clothing items has been a chunky wool cable knit sweater that actually has some feminine shape to it, and does not cost thousands of dollars. Now, at any given point in time, I have a list of Holy Grail items, and this one was somewhere outside of the top 5 on the list, UNTIL…
You may know Renee of Miss Celie’s Pants. She is a lovely, warm, and gracious person who is one of my favorite people to converse with. A while back, she got into her head that I should get a knitting machine. Whenever she brought it up, my response was always the same. “I don’t need another hobby.”h Then she would send me another Craigslist link with a promising knitting machine.
A month or so ago (or more or less — experience tells me that my concept of time bears no relation to its actual passage), she messaged me that she was looking to sell one of her knitting machines that she no longer uses, and would I want to buy it? It so happens that I was planning on being in her neck of the woods shortly, so I said, sure, why not?
I went to her house to pick it up, and she gave me an amazingly informative demo of its workings. I came home, set it up, and my 10-year-old commandeered it for the first week or 2. She took all of the spare yarn cluttering up the house and knit a multicolored blanket with it. Then I kicked her off the machine, ordered some wool from the clearance section at Made in America Yarns, watched many videos, and made the sweater of my dreams! It’s wool! It’s cable knit! and it’s curvy rather than boxy! I can’t wait to make another one. Or maybe a whole dress!
It came out really well. I did not use a pattern. I based the size and shape of the pattern pieces on my measurements. The only problem is that it’s a little too tight at the bicep, but I can definitely live with that.