random acts of striping

Will wonders never cease? It’s a finished object! Here’s Stripes Go Round:


You know, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this sweater, what with the scoopy neck and all, but I really like it. It is very comfortable (the Classic Elite Star is nice and stretchy), and I added an extra round of decreases plus additional rows to the top to curtail the scoopiness. The pattern is from the summer 2004 issue of Interweave Knits.
I usually work on one project at a time, so now I am in that Bermuda Triangle of “in between projects.” I have plenty of projects on hand, but which to select? It’s still too warm to knit a fall or winter project? Does anyone else get a slightly lost feeling after completing a project?

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21 Responses to random acts of striping

  1. cari says:

    Mmmm. Stripey goodness!
    I’d kind of like to see what that “between project” feeling is like. I always have way too many going at once.
    (Socks. You want to make socks. On two circs. Perfect hot weather knitting.)

  2. Rachael says:

    It looks perfect! I love it on you.
    Now. What about the Artfibers stuff?

  3. susan says:

    i really didn’t like the sweater in the magazine, but yours looks way cooler… i’ve never tried classic elite star, because being all bumpy it looks like it would knit up like a towel, but maybe now i’ll try it… i like the stretch…
    looks great! the colors look good too!

  4. Ann says:

    That pose is surely “The Mariko.” Great project.
    Off-topic, but have you seen the new KitchenAid custom colors mixers? There are a few that definitely made me think of you… http://tinyurl.com/67sj8

  5. melanie says:

    I agree, your sweater is way more fabulous than the one in the magazine. Well Done Super Eggplant, it looks great on you!

  6. Em says:

    You know, it doesn’t matter if I have a number of projects going on at once, I still get a little lost feeling after I finish something. And a little depressed sometimes, like post-partum knitting. Unless it’s a small, two-hour projects, and then I feel extreme satisfation. Otherwise, even though I may have 7 other projects, I used to have 8! What’s going to be my next project #8?!
    I love your Stripes Go Round. Beautiful colors.
    I say go ahead with the cool weather knitting, because it will be cooler by the time you finish it.

  7. Theresa says:

    That’s a very cute sweater. I do like it better with the added extra set of decreases and a few more rows at the neck line.
    I have the same feeling you do after finishing a project… especially if I have a lot of potential projects waiting for me to take on. It becomes so hard to choose. Maybe its time to take on something small, like a handbag, that isn’t terribly seasonal?

  8. marcia says:

    That sweater is n’adorable (indigenous household word for adorable)!
    If/when I finish one of the…ummm…6 or 7 sweaters I have in nonprogress at this time, I’m thinking it will be a fullblown identity crisis for me. As in Whooo are you..who who who who.

  9. elizabeth says:

    I have several projects going at once so when I finish it’s probably not as a big a lull as you have. But I do usually work on little things after the big things are done. I think we’ll have a heck of an indian summer (is that still PC to say?) but I don’t think it’s ever too early to start a project!

  10. Sarah says:

    The sweater looks great.
    I usually have 2-3 things going at once, but such a “to do” list that about halfway through a project I begin to think about what I’m going to start next. This gives me a “when will this stupid thing end so I can start the next thing” instead of a “what do I do now” thing.
    We all have our things.

  11. J Strizzy says:

    I definitely like your version better. enough that I might consider making one for myself. I think we’re still in summer knitting, except that by the time you finish something summery you might not get to wear it much before it gets cold. This is why I’m quite pleased that I’m stil working on a microfiber twinset — it’s multi-seasonal!

  12. Lynette says:

    Great job on your sweater! I wasn’t thrilled with this pattern, but now you’re making me reconsider.

  13. Jessica says:

    Very nicely done.
    I usually freak out when I finish a project and start about three all at once. A day or two later they shake out and I find the one “main” project in the group.

  14. Silvia says:

    Hey cute sweater! I don’t know what the one in mag looks like, but yours is way cute. That stripe sequence is great too, it’s like raspberry sorbet with creamy rivers…(no I’m not hungry).
    I’m relieved after I finish something, or perhaps amazed would be closer. Follow through issues, ya know.
    I think you should SEW on your NEW machine. Sew anything…don’t let it’s fanciness scare you.

  15. Heidi says:

    I like yours better than mine! A stretchy yarn is definitely a good idea for this pattern.
    I had that slightly lost feeling last week. But then I visited the LYS, which was chock full of great new fall things, and I got inspired again. You just need to sleep on it a few nights, and the next good thing will come to you!

  16. mindy says:

    I like your stripe pattern and color choices a LOT better than the mag version’s. Nice neckline, too.
    The husband’s from Cleveland; ergo, I always know when the Yanks are playing ’em. And such is the extent of my sports knowledge.

  17. claudia says:

    Cute. I might try a similar top in some of my Phildar Falaise…same stretchy idea as the Star.

  18. Sharlene says:

    Yes! I like to have three projects going at any given time, but I don’t have a large project (a sweater) going on right now and that makes me feel kind of lost. I think I need a sweater to *ground* me in some way.

  19. Bruce says:

    The sweater looks great, and I am always a little disappointed when a project is complete, but the thrill of completion is always greater.
    Hey, it appears in the picture that you accidentally super-glued your hands to your hips. Any tips on how to get out of that jam??

  20. kat says:

    Looks fantastic Mariko! Stripes go Round is the most wearable sweater I have made. Stretchy is definitely the way to go.

  21. sharlyn says:

    I ALWAYS have a lost feeling when I finish a project, it’s that or when I get close to the finishing line on something, I’m already casting on for another project so that I can avoid that lost feeling.

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