Ooh la la fancy schmancy

I was going to put a poll here asking whether you thought I should shrink the sweater, and you can still weigh in, but seeing this picture has pretty much convinced me that I need to try. I mean, I may not be the chestiest woman in the world since I weaned all the kids, but I do have a bosom. For reals. I’m actually kind of curvy for a stick being. You wouldn’t know it, though, to see me in Willow. Also, check out those rolled up sleeves. Yikes! Anyone who’s knit Maude Louise can tell you that I have gianormously long arms, and these sleeves are still too long!

It looks great from the back, though. If I could just convince people to walk behind me all day when I wore it, never daring to peer around the front side, we’d be set.

So close, huh? It almost looks good, and yet it fails to actually look good. I suppose I could frog and reknit it on smaller needles, but I think trying to shrink it a wee bit might actually work better, because it would take some of the stretch out of the yarn. Look what happens to the shoulders when I’m wearing it.

They drop off of my actual shoulder, that’s what happens. It’s not actually the size in this case. It’s the stretchy, stretchy yarn, which slowly s a g s down my arm until the shoulder is no longer within spitting distance of that table-like span that separates my arms from my back and neck.

I do like that big collar, though. I actually like so much about Willow that I’m thoroughly frustrated with what I don’t like. If I liked the project less it would be easier to know that I should just rip it and start anew with something prettier.

7 Responses to “Ooh la la fancy schmancy”

  1. ann Says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing the pics! I’ve made “Joseph” from “A Yorkshire Fable” before, and it also came out huge, even at the smallest size Like you, I also thought of shrinking mine. But I didn’t have the guts to try. I think the hugeness is because of the sizing, which in turn is partly because most of the garments are (I think) meant to accomodate thick layers underneath. But still…
    All the best if you decide to try shrinking it!

  2. kae Says:

    aww i actually think it’s kinda cute! I can imagine it with a big belt around the waist, and oodles of hot chocolate and coziness

  3. whitknits Says:

    It looks *super* cozy as is, but I dunno, I’d probably try to shrink it to get a better fit. Well, honestly, I might well be too chicken to shrink it myself. But as a fellow stick being, I think a shrunk-down Willow would probably be the best way to go.

  4. Emilee Says:

    Hmm, that is a bit large. It has beautiful cabling, you should totally try to shrink it if you would enjoy it more that way.

  5. Kristen Says:

    I’ve felted it, but so far that’s just created new issues. I ended up deciding on felting because the yarn is so squishy that I thought a little more structure would be useful. It is, but the fit is still off. I need to shrink it more, then cut off the button bands and redo them in new yarn, because they felted oddly, and no longer button right. Then, if the sleeves are still wrong, I’ll need to do a little tailoring, because the shoulders are still really, really odd. Also, since the collar is done in rib, and the felting flattened it, it drapes oddly. I *think* it will be OK, but I’m feeling a little scared to have been so daring. It will be a long time before I try such a dangerous experiment with my knitting again!

  6. jennytaylor Says:

    I have had similar problems in the past. It’s so disappointing when you spend hours and hours knitting, only to have it turn out the wrong size. Did you knit a tension square? I’m lazy and never do…. but I’ve been told it’s a great way to check before you embark on a project whether you’re likely to get the right size when you’re done. Anyway, I’m supposed to be editing photos from my last shoot while the baby is asleep, not commenting on other people’s knitting blogs! Good luck with whatever you decide to do with it next!

  7. Migdalia Yika Says:

    Thanks for the laugh! I really enjoyed your blog posting.

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