This is the jumper that Gwyn chose to have made for his birthday. The model looks like Tiger Woods brother so we've named it the Tiger Woods jumper instead of the Tweed Cable Sweater. It is now the all consuming crafting project that I am doing in any spare moment but hasn't half had a few false starts. Finding enough of the suggested wool was the first difficulty. Colours and availability were really limited but I managed to track down Debbie Bliss' Donegal Chunky Tweed from Cucumber Patch in the black.
I've got 11 skeins of the stuff which fingers crossed is more than enough. 5 or 6 tension swatches later (which took more time) I am now knitting it up on 9mm instead of 7mm. That took a bit of time getting hold of the right needles because I didn't have any chunky needles and everytime I thought 'this'll do it' it still came up too small so it was back to the shops. Then after the first bit of ribbing I couldn't for the life of me work out the increasing method to get enough stitches to start the cable. Cue Ravelry for some much needed advice in the forums.
And then as I knit on normal needles it was all bunching up and I couldn't tell if it was going to be the right width. I started to get very frustrated with it all then and declared if it didn't look like it would be the right size after I finished the front then I probably wouldn't bother continuing because frogging all that many hours worth of work would be soul destroying. We had a nice tense moment in the household where I levelly got told that he didn't want it if it I was going to make it and moan.
I did have a rare inspired thought a bit later though and transferred the work onto circular needles momentarily to hold it against one of his other jumpers. Fortunately it looks as though it's going to be the right size which'll save me and Gwyn falling out.
It's the first time I've cabled and although the pattern is pretty annoying to follow - for example
Rows 3 to 10 form the cable patt and are repeated until back measures 46cm
Row 3 and 4: As rows 1 and 2
Row 5: Cable pattern
Rows 6 to 8: As rows 2,3 and 4
Row 9: Cable Pattern
Row 10: As Rows 2
So I'm constantly having to remind myself which part of the pattern repeat I'm on. But I do have the stitchminder iphone app which is really helping me out. And it's free.
I was really looking forward to getting into this project but now it's here and is actually challenging it's become the monkey on my back. Can anyone relate? I don't want to make any mistakes and now I just want to finish and start something else. Better keep at it then I guess...