Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My first sweater

When I was at my parents' house over Thanksgiving, I went though my boxes until I found the first sweater I ever knit. I made this cardigan my senior year in high school, with help from my adviser, Laurie. Laurie got me back into knitting, and helped me have the confidence I have today. She took me to the yarn store to select the fiber, and even knit one of these sweaters along side me!


I have no idea what the yarn is, but it is a little shiny and there is definitely some elastic in it (which is why I can still get it on.) I remember my first attempt at blocking, but this sweater did not hold shape well. This is the reason why I ended up not leaving the buttons on it, the edges curled and if I tried to close it it looked awful. I believe I knit this on size 13 or 15 knitting needles.


The sweater no longer fits me as I would like (styles, and my weight, have changed in the last 10 years!) But I will hang onto this for my potential future daughter.

4 comments:

  1. What I learned is that my daughter wouldn't wear anything I wore ... and says she doesn't like clutter or doodads or old furniture.

    My suggestion is to use your first sweater on a nice doll and see it for as long as it pleases you.

    My daughter was 50 last June.

    Marny CA (not anonymous)

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    1. Marny,

      It would be offered to a daughter for a doll/teddy bear as much as herself. :) I never expect someone to wear something I made, I always hope that if they do not like it that they would give it (donate it) away.

      -R

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  2. Just discovered your blog while searching for tips on knitwear designs. Nice to know I'm not the only biochemist who's obsessed with knitting! A few years behind you - starting doctoral program in the fall. If you don't mind me asking, what was is your primary focus?

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    1. I studied mechanistic enzymology. Many people in my lab knitted, so we often talked about fiber projects in addition to our scientific ones.

      I love finding other knitting scientists!

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