Firebirds is officially finished

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Good thing we snapped a picture of the sweater yesterday. Today a storm has come in and it’s so cold that the rain might turn to snow. What a wonderful day to wear a warm sweater.

Now that I’ve had a chance to actually use a woolly board, I would recommend it to any one who thinks they’ll be knitting lots of Fair Isle sweaters. It stretches the sweater a bit while drying so that any irregularities in the knitted fabric are straightened out.

When starting this sweater I intended to shorten it by one lengthwise repeat because I like sweaters to hang well above my hips. However  once  the body was half way done I got cold feet after checking my tension. At that point it looked like my row gauge would make the sweater a few centimeters shorter and I was afraid that taking out one lengthwise repeat would make it way too short. Now that it’s been dressed on the woolly board, I wish I would have shortened it. Oh, that’s not to say I don’t like it. The length won’t keep me from wearing it but it’s a good lesson for my future sweater projects.  It’s quite easy to adjust the length and/or width a couple of inches when using a woolly board.

What’s next? I must really get started on those fingerless gloves. I’m also very tempted by another VY kit. But wait, I also have lots of fiber to spin.

21 thoughts on “Firebirds is officially finished

  1. The finished sweater is incredibly beautiful. Bravo! FWIW, I think the length is just fine. Also, best wishes on your new additions to the family. Here’s hoping to many happy, healthy years with them.

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  2. The sweater is beautiful. Having made two sweaters last year, both of which are at least an inch too short and drive me crazy every time I bend over, I don’t think you were wrong to err on the side of caution. At least you’ll be one repeat warmer. 🙂
    Fingerless gloves? A very quick knit. You can do them and move on in a day or two.

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  3. Melinda, your FIREBIRDS looks fabulous on you! Way to go girl!
    Thanks for posting about the Wooly Board. I knew it would even out the sts but did not realize you could actually lengthen or shorten sweater length on it. I am keeping my eye out for bargains so I can purchase one for myself; however, YOU got an INCREDIBLE deal when you purchased yours!

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  4. Thanks for all the wonderful comments.
    I’ve been taking the week off from knitting although I’ve been thinking about the gloves I need to knit. Can’t quite come up with the right motif.
    I’m also trying to decide between Rosarie and Roscalie. Both are very different patterns

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