Thursday, September 27, 2007

Finished: Central Park Hoodie

Yes, my friends, at long last it is finished. Can I get a collective "'Bout time!" 'Bout time, indeed. This knit dragged on and on mercilessly, but I can finally say that it is done and move on. But in order to move on entirely, I had to get a few FO shots of it, which, given the 85+ degree heat wave in Philly, was not at all easy. In fact, standing in front of this mural a few blocks from my apartment was the only way I could convince myself that it was cool enough to wear this thing. The hood? Turns out it makes a good shade source from the 85+ degree sun. Note to self: aran wool is suitable for blizzards only. Not 85+ degree, super-sunny days.

Finished: Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinksy
Pattern: Knitscene Fall 2006
Fiber: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran (8 balls of "Darkside")
Size: 40"
Needles: sizes 6 and 8 straight needles
Date Started: September 2006
Date Completed: 25 September 2007
Modifications: I used size 6 needles for the arm cuff ribbing and used the 8s for all other ribbing. I really dislike bunchy ribbing around the waist.
Notes: I went a little crazy with the buttons. Clearly, this sweater did not need six huge wooden buttons. But I just couldn't help myself, as I had found the best wooden buttons ever. They help to balance out the bulkiness of the sweater, too. The buttons were an surprising score from the LYS, Rosie's Yarn Cellar.

If there's one thing a bright 85+ degree day is good for, it is showing off black tweedy goodness and cables. It's also good for sweltering, which I was doing lots of here.

There really is no excuse for me having taken so long to knit this. It's a fun, easy pattern that, surprisingly, I want to knit again. I know, I know. This first one came out too big, and I really want to knit one that fits me now. With lighter, softer yarn that will feel more like a sweatshirt than a sweater. So, you can expect to see another one of these babies hot off the needles in...oh, 2010 or so.

And now, I am off to continue being a finisher.



Anonymous caro said...

Bout time!
Seriously though, I love the buttons. I think they look great.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Nice! All the waiting was worth it. Really though, finishing it a month ago wouldn't have made a difference - you wouldn't have worn it in the summer anyway! (justifying both your and my "bout time" knits in one fell swoop)

Love it. Love the black, love the tweed, love the cables, love the buttons....

12:07 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Well done! The buttons are perfect for it. And great photos; they are worth the sweltering you went through.

Norah Gaughan was telling Brenda Dayne on Cast-on that oversize tops were coming back in style, so the fit of your CPH, which isn't all that oversized even, may be a harbinger of the new trend.

12:19 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

No, buttons totally make it. Congrats!!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Worth the wait! I love the tweedy yarn, it's a perfect fit!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Yay, a CPH! I think every knitter should have one in their wardrobe.

Love the mural photo shoot. So fab.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Terhi said...

I love it, it looks great in black! And I think the fit looks good too. Great work, and beautiful photos!

12:38 PM  
Blogger uberstrickenfrau said...

ok, you did good, even the buttons-stop yammering they are too much! Its PERFECT.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Specs said...

The buttons are absolutely perfect for it! Well done, you.

1:11 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Whatchou talking about Willis??? Those buttons are perfect.

Congratulations on a very handsome sweater. The colour is fantastic, especially against that backdrop

(oh, and I have the same shoes as you)

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Oh yum, Yorkshire Tweed - can't we start some kind of petition so Rowan will bring it back? Love the hoodlum pose with Menacing Shadow, and love the cables. Nice work, as ever! You know, Rowan Calmer is really sweatshirty...

2:46 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

Totally worth the wait. The tweediness and the buttons are perfect and HOW MUCH do I love that mural?

2:52 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

Of course you had to use 6 buttons. It looks great, I know feel compelled to knit on for myself.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

It was worth the wait. I really love that black tweed. This pattern is pretty high on my "must knit" list. Seeing yours makes me wish I had a drawer full of black.

4:17 PM  
Blogger mari said...

Lovely work, well worth the wait!
Love the photos, too.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous michele said...

it looks really great. the cables look so well cabley.

interested to see how it turns out when you do one in a lighter weight yarn.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Thanks for braving the heat for the photo shoot! It's a gorgeous sweater and well worth the sweltering.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Yes, with buttons like those, it's necessary to use as many as possible.

The sweater looks great! It looks so warm and comfy :)

4:43 PM  
Blogger maritza said...

Woohoo! It looks great!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Micki said...

Those buttons elevate the sweater to a higher plane of being. And it doesn't look too big--just really comfy.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Mom said...

Yeah another one for Done and Done Some More. Really Nice, and you'll need it soon enough in Philly!

6:31 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Very cool buttons on you very cool (or hot) CPH!

8:55 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

I love it! You might think that it's a little big, but you will appreciate that once it's cold and you're super-layered! It will be a great cold weather piece.

9:20 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Wow! 80+ degree weather in the hoodie, now THAT'S commitment! Totally worth it though, it looks wonderful!!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Wow! Great job!!!

9:43 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Beautiful! It must have been so satisfying to weave in the ends and sew on that last button. Ahhh.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Lazuli said...

It's gorgeous! And I love the 6 big buttons! They are totally essential to the overall look! ;-)

10:48 PM  
Blogger monkeybusiness said...

How funny to find another knitting grad student studying something so similar to what I do! Well, we study very different parts of anthropology - I study monkeys :), but still. Congrats on finishing the CPH, it is certainly on my list of things to knit in the near future.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

The very idea of a wool sweater is making me sweat. When will we Philadelphians get fall??????

8:57 AM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

Great job! The pictures give a nice glimpse of Fall. Can't wait for the weather to break.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

Love. It. That color is great and I love the look of the buttons. Fabulous job!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Nicely done! I LOVE the buttons especially, and you are a real hero for taking those FO shots.

(And I am still in love with the color of your silk wool.)

12:15 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

such a great sweater. it turned out perfect!

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Ooh, I wouldn't have been able to resist those buttons either. Perfect. Your staunchness in posing under duress is to be commended! You'll to wear the hell out of CP this winter, I bet.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous whitney said...

Oooh, it looks great! I love the buttons. Way to be a finisher!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

Wow, do the buttons make that special or what?! Nicely done and who cares about the time. My daughter is trying to figure out how to convert hers into a vest because she a) has too many grey sweaters and b) is lazy like her mama.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Desiknitter said...

Bout time, but totally worth the wait! Looks gorgeous and fits well - don't worry, am sure there'll be a blizzard soon for it to come into its own.
Love the buttons too, goes well with the aran of the sweater.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous jessie said...

I guess I'm old because it doesn't look too big to me, it's looks comfortable and I'd want something a bit roomy to trap body heat when it finally does get cold. Which it will, despite recent temps.

I love dark gray heathered wools. That's a beautiful sweater there.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Oiyi said...

It's awesome!!!

3:26 AM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Ohhhh, it looks exactly like fall. I love it! Nice job.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

looks great! can't wait to see your next one.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

by the way, i love the mural background for your photo. looks extra lovely!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Ack! I am so far behind! Forgive me!

Of course you know that I love it though. So wearable and a great fit. It will be a staple piece, I am sure.

And don't be hard on yourself - I have several knits that have been on the needles for way TOO long.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Wow! Your sweater looks phenomenal. I love the tweedy black. The buttons are a perfect choice. They really pop.

The mural you are posing in front of is awesome - I love public art like that.

Good for you for braving the heat!

2:45 AM  
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