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Tuesday, October 30, 2007




A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away (erm, 2004) I made what’s ended up being one of my favorite sweaters.

It was the third Ribby for me, but what was unusual was the yarn it was made from. First of all, it came from an indie yarn painter I’d met at my first fiber fest. Secondly, it was the first time I’d asked someone to handpaint something just for a project I was dying to make…

Over the three years I’ve been wearing this sweater (3 yrs! a good reason to knit yer own…) the hemp/wool yarn has gotten even softer and more comfortable. The only glitch was one that eternally plagues me: the sleeves. I like my sleeves to be the correct length and these were a tad short from the very beginning, but I was in denial.

There’s been lots of projects over the years where this Denial Factor creeps in; sometimes it’s better to just move along. Other times, even years later, it can be fixed!

The Catalyst: our little building of three families decided to have our windows washed this month. The requirements by our WindowMan was to take out screens (yikes! I’m on the high second floor!) and move furniture away from the windows. He was unable to place ladders outside so was going to perch on the sills and do the deed.

To accomplish this, I had to wade through my office and start moving things and it led to first, mass hysteria on my part when I realized what a mess it was; and second, it was the Muse’s Fickle Finger of FATE wagging in my face telling me to streamline and TRY and get it together…

In moving all the stuff around, I found a small ball of Hemp/Wool from long ago. The Muse smiled as I split the ball (I measure the yarn out in *yards* using the length of my arm to my chin

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20 responses to “Tuesday, October 30, 2007”

  1. Jennifer says:

    What a great find! The sweater is beautiful. I’ve got to make a ribby for myself.

  2. lisa says:

    Oh my goodness – what luck!

  3. ~S says:

    Love how that turned out!

  4. Sarah says:

    Congrats on getting what you want! Even though you’ve worn this sweater for the past few years, I’m sure every time you put it on you thought “I wish these sleeves were longer.” No more!

  5. meg says:

    Yay for long sleeves! As a really loong girl with really long arms (oh, the times I would’ve loved the wrist warmers when I was a kid – stupid too-short coat sleeves) I completely appreciate that. Congrats! :o)

  6. Sil says:

    You are such a clever girl!

  7. rachel says:

    It’s bettah than new!

  8. Michelle says:

    As always, pure genius…

  9. Marji says:

    And they look just like cuffs – as if they were intended to be there. Serendipitous.

  10. Nanc says:

    Wonderful! Fabulous! Perfection!

    Your mod looks great and the original was wonderful to start with, so it’s an all around good thing! I luvluvluv those colors!

  11. Beth S. says:

    Typical Chicknits cleverness. :-)

    And why don’t I have a Ribby yet? I should consult the stash.

  12. Bonne Marie says:

    I would call it more like opportunity spiced with a dash of desperation!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love my sweater ;p

  13. Toby Wollin says:

    And yet another reason to hang on to odd balls of left-over yard in the stash (as if I needed another one besides, “Well, you never know.”).

  14. Lacy says:

    Isn’t it wonderful how things work out even when we are kicking and screaming. What a nce reward for having to move your things. And besides that you’ll have fresh and gleeming windows to boot.

  15. Karen B. says:

    T’was brilliant, Lady B!

  16. Carol says:

    Brava! Eternally happy :)

  17. I love your hat…that is too cool. Where did you get the pattern from. I didn’t find it on your blog. Thanks,,,Rowena

  18. I love your hat…that is too cool. Where did you get the pattern from. I didn’t find it on your blog. Thanks,,,Rowena

  19. Norma says:

    It’s so wonderful that you love your sweater still!

    I’m chuckling at your preferred sleeve length…cresting over your thumb area by an inch?!! I’m always shoving my sleeves, and rolling them, UP!

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