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January 11, 2010
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I am finally done with this sweater. Yay.

It actually turned out quite well despite all the gnashing of teeth and frogging of stitches.

It’s a little longer than I might have chosen, but it’s very soft and comfortable.

I whined at length last week about all the annoyances in the pattern, so I won’t whine anymore. I did have the sense to shorten the sleeves and also to skip the increases that begin below the elbow. Sorry, I use my hands, so no bell sleeves down to my knuckles.

I used just over 5 1/2 skeins of the Berella Muskoka, which is a superwash merino. Instead of blocking it wet, I decided to spin it in the dryer, to be sure that the fabric snugged up, and it came out plump and cuddly.

I have been going great guns spinning on my Philias Cadorette wheel. I started some merino/tussah on Friday night at spin group, and finished the bobbin yesterday afternoon. I am hoping for a three-ply worsted weight, we’ll see what I actually get…

The fiber is an Ashland Bay blend, and the colorway is called ‘rose quartz’ which is such a perfect name for the rose color, with the white silk and a little bit of blue running through it.
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Update to last week’s story: Philias Cadorette died in 1946 at the age of 63. By then, CPWs were not being made and sold anymore, so I wonder what he did in his shop during the last 10 or 15 years of his life. His wife Aurore lived to be over 90, and died in 1976.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2010 9:06 am

    Your spinning is fabulous! Oooooh, it’s so pretty, I just want to reach out and touch it! The sweater is a great color and fit for you – I love it!

  2. January 11, 2010 10:32 am

    You look wonderful in the sweater, great job! I agree with your sleeve mod, it’s much more realistic and useful to have a sleeve you don’t have to fold up out of the way. And still pretty, too.

  3. Gillian permalink
    January 11, 2010 12:04 pm

    Good for you on the sweater and the research. The sweater looks great!

  4. January 11, 2010 12:36 pm

    Your sweater looks gorgeous, I love the way you made the sleeves.

  5. January 11, 2010 1:48 pm

    Your wheel certainly seems happy to have found a good home. That bobbin is beautiful. So is your new sweater. Is your hair alot shorter or just look that way since it’s curled up?

  6. January 11, 2010 4:58 pm

    The sweater fits you perfectly–love the color, too!

  7. January 11, 2010 5:49 pm

    Fabulous shape…both you and the sweater!!!

  8. Melanie permalink
    January 12, 2010 10:52 am

    Another perfect fit! I like what you did with the sleeves.
    What a lucky wheel to have found a second life with you. It certainly looks like you’ve made friends.

  9. Roberta permalink
    January 14, 2010 6:18 pm

    Your sweater is beautiful and fits you just perfectly.

  10. January 19, 2010 3:45 pm

    The sweater looks fabulous on you…wonderful work! I found your blog when I was searching for info. St. Hyacinthe wheels. I am hoping to get one soon; after reading several bloggers’ reviews, I will definitely start my search. Happy spinning and knitting!

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