on the needles

tea leaves
I ‘ve been working on a knitting project. A project for me! I am so excited about this knit, my very first adult sized sweater, Tea Leaves. A bit intimidating because of the amount of yarn involved and the possibility of wonky fit, but I am going for it. When I first saw Tea Leaves on a few other blogs I loved it. I kept thinking it would make a great cardigan for the fall/winter/spring months for a couple of reasons- It would be really easy for wearing while nursing the new baby and because I just love a nice cardigan for throwing on at work to keep me warm while at my desk.
I originally wanted to use grey but the yarn shop didn’t have enough of the yarn/color I wanted. I spotted this brown just before I was about to give up and head home. I hesitated, thinking if I was going to knit my first sweater and hopefully do it again I should make it exactly as I had envisioned it, but am glad I went for it. I have perfect wooden buttons already in my stash and the more I knit the more I like the color choice, plus this yarn is SO soft!
So far I love the pattern- I am almost done with the yoke. I really like that the pattern is just interesting enough to hold my attention, but not so demanding that I can’t set it down when a certain two year old needs help washing his hands after a yogurt or applesauce fest or another certain little person needs to be fed, burped or changed. The only thing I am finding is that I must hold the needles sort of funny because my right hand pinkie finger winds up carrying a lot of the weight and getting sore and tired. I had to put it down for a few days to let my hand feel better. Does anyone else find this happening?
If I have success with this cardi I might just go back and get the grey for the Shalom. I like this version or this version with the longer sleeves. Knitting for myself is fun, tee hee.

3 Comments on the needles

  1. Erika October 12, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Yeah! Power through that pain. I’m not sure what aches on my while I knit, but I know something does. It’s usually something on my right arm. I haven’t ripped my cardigan yet, so I consider it a success.

  2. Melissa October 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Yay! A project and gift for yourself 🙂

  3. Ani October 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Are you knitting it on circular needles or straights? The circular distributes the weight better (and you can still knit back and forth). It’s sad that I have such a collection of straight needles since I pretty much just knit on circs since I found out you don’t have to knit in a circle on them!

    It look fabulous! This one has been on my mental wish list, but I’ve got about four other virtual sweaters lined up before it. 🙂


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