Sunday, February 12, 2006

Cranberry Juice Twister

I like the Tropicana Juice Twisters. They're full of sugar, I'm sure, but the mixture of fruit juices is quite yummy. I think there are also alcoholic beverages that also use cranberry juice and call themselves a Twister, but I digress. This meandering post beginning is just a clunky way of saying... Twist is complete! I. Love. This. Sweater. Even though I've knit other sweaters, this one seems like my first really complete sweater making experience. First, there's quite a bit of seaming, as the sweater is knit in five pieces. Second, the cable panels on the front are some of the more complicated cables I've knit to date. Third, this is the first sweater where I really feel like I did a good job on the buttonholes. They're even and look professional. I used a method that I learned from Annie Modesitt's book, Confessions of a Knitting Heretic. I'm here to tell you, the method works! I didn't modify the pattern at all. Bonne Marie Burns write a clear, concise pattern. Project Specs: Pattern: Twist by Bonne Marie Burns for Chicknits Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Cranberry (9.5 skeins) It was a squeaker as I only had 10 balls of the stuff. I really like working with the WOA. Nice stuff! Needles: I had to go up to size 9's to get gauge. Usually I can get gauge spot on, but I've been a bit stressed lately and have been taking it out on the knitting. Mods: None. Things I've learned: Well, like I've stated, the buttonhole method in Confessions of a Knitting Heretic. Thanks for the suggestions on a more flexible DPN. I think I'll hit a LYS and check out my options. I did contact Brittany, and hope for a replacement needle. Until then, I've had to take a needle from another set so that I can get to the second Jaywalker.

31 Comments:

Blogger yahaira said...

the sweater looks perfect on you, great job!

2/12/2006 07:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

It looks great!!

2/12/2006 08:48:00 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Your Twist is GORGEOUS!!! What a fantastic color and such a perfect fit, too. Wow, wow, wow!!! I recently ordered the Ribby Cardi pattern from Bonne Marie... I think I'm definitely going to be ordering the pattern for Twist, too, now, after seeing your beautiful version. You really did a fantastic job on it and it looks wonderful on you. Take care! :-)

2/12/2006 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Donni said...

That looks great! Well done (love the colour too)

2/12/2006 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

Super job. Aren't you glad you checked your gauge. It looks like a perfect fit.

2/13/2006 02:39:00 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Jennifer, it looks so great on you! It is a great fit and that color is so perfect!

Well done! You should send this to Bonne Marie for her gallery ;)

2/13/2006 04:40:00 AM  
Blogger amylovie said...

The sweater is gorgeous, and such a great color on you. Doesn't it feel great to wear something you are proud of?

Amy

2/13/2006 04:44:00 AM  
Blogger Bonne Marie said...

Dearest Jennifer! Just BREATHTAKING! What a beautiful model you are! And the sweater is pretty DARN GORGEOUS too! The color - the fit - you wear it well...

Thanks SO MUCH for making the Twist look SO GOOD!

2/13/2006 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger rincaro said...

Very nice!

2/13/2006 06:20:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

A perfect fit and a great color. I'm happy that it turned out so well. Now, you're going to be knitting lots more sweaters, right?

I think I'm going to get that Modesitt book. I've heard a lot of praise for it. And now I know it has a good buttonhole method. I'm sold.

2/13/2006 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love it!! Your twist turned out beautiful and it looks great on you. Way to go!

2/13/2006 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger margene said...

Beautiful! Bonne Marie does have wonderful patterns and you knit it beautifully.

2/13/2006 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Lu said...

It's beautiful, I was thinking of buying the pattern, and you may have convinced me.

2/13/2006 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

The fit is totally perfect, and the color is gorgeous! I love it! Perfect, perfect, perfect.

I may have to take a closer look at Bonne Marie's patterns. Twist is certainly a winner.

2/13/2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Beautiful job! I love that cranberry color! Fits you well, enjoy it! Someday mine will be a chocolate brown one, and thanks for the book hint too! zknitter

2/13/2006 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I also read on someone else's blog that she had two casein needles break, so maybe that's not a good choice either!

The sweater looks great!

2/13/2006 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Sharlene said...

I love your Twist! I agree, its one of my favorite sweaters too. Love the color. Great job!

2/13/2006 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Christie said...

Wow! Cable Queen! It looks great, you should be very proud of yourself!

2/13/2006 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

It is BEAUTIFUL!!!

(watch for the podcast this next weekend - bronchitis kept me from finishing up)

2/13/2006 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

That is SO pretty, and fits you perfectly. I love that color!

2/13/2006 04:13:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

Twister looks awesome! the color is perfect for you :)

2/13/2006 07:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeanie said...

Love love love your sweater! What a great color on you and it looks so professional! Fantastic work.

2/13/2006 08:27:00 PM  
Blogger caitlyn said...

Twist looks awesome on you!! YAY!!! =)

2/13/2006 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Siow Chin said...

You look fantastic in it, Jennifer! That colour is great on you.

2/13/2006 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

You did a great job, it looks great! Very nice fit and color. I gotta make one that fits me now.

2/14/2006 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Bliss said...

Fantastic! You make that sweater zing (and the knitting is pretty darn fabulous too.)

2/14/2006 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Nessie Noodle said...

That came out great- and a wonderful color too!
I am going to have to check out that pattern... it has two things I want to try,
1. a sweater 2. cables

2/14/2006 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

i'm just seeing this now -- it looks wonderful! great job, so cute!

2/14/2006 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger mf said...

Really Great Sweater! Also love the Jaywalkers colors too...

2/16/2006 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger Amy Boogie said...

Beautiful sweater and it looks great on you

2/17/2006 04:25:00 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

I feel like I haven't been here in AGES! Lots of catching up to do. Your Twist is so beautiful. I am really interested in making a smaller gauge, more traditional sweater. I, too, enjoy working with WOA. Your Jaywalker is great - I am so anxious to start mine but have WAY too much on my plate right now. Hopefully some time in 2006 : )

2/19/2006 05:20:00 AM  

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