Monday, September 29, 2008

Green Tee

I've heard it said life is better outdoors and I agree, especially when the weather is as beautiful as it was this weekend. John and I spent as much time as possible outside with a fishing rod in one hand and a kayak paddle in the other. We also attended a wedding and went to the Astros/Braves game with friends...and I finished my tee.


Pattern: Nothing But a T-Shirt
Yarn: Brooks Farm Yarn Willow
Fiber Content: 70% Superwash Wool, 30% Bamboo
Needles: US 7

Overall, I'm pleased with the way the yarn worked up--not too much pooling or flashing on the front...


...or the back. Pretty good, considering that I took the lazy way out and worked from one skein at a time instead of alternating skeins every couple of rows.


I ran into some trouble with the seaming and I'm not sure I understand what happened. I sewed the sleeve on in the normal way and the seam looked great until I put the sweater on, then it stretched open and really looked awful. I reworked it in places, but it wasn't my stitching that was off, it was just that the yarn had to stretch too much, I suppose. The only way I could figure out to neaten the seam was to add backstitching for strength. That did the trick.


This is a very comfortable sweater and I can see myself wearing it often. I really like the fact that it's easy care too. I washed it in the machine and I even tossed it in the dryer on delicate, though I might not do that every time.

The weatherman is predicting cooler weather this week. Bring it on. I'm ready.

31 comments:

  1. Beautifully done! Love the color and the yarn worked up nicely. You did a got job of picking a yarn and pattern that work well together. Fabulous!!

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  2. Exceptionally nice sweater. I love Brooks Farm, and that colorway, with the more subtle variations, is a winner. Good thing the back stitching worked. I often crochet seams when I think they need the reinforcement.

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  3. It looks great on you!! I can see why you'll probably be wearing it a lot. Glad you had such a fun weekend!
    Suzanne

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  4. It looks great on you too! Glad it was a good weekend, although it sounds busy!

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  5. Nothing but a T turned out great. It looks great on you and as comfortable as a t-shirt.

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  6. gorgeous! I love the colors and it does look very comfy.

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  7. Oh my what a beautiful sweater. You did a great job. The color is breath taking. I'm so glad you took the time to show us.

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  8. I have to say, a better made t shirt I have not seen. Your work is exceptional! Looks good on you too.

    So glad everything is back to normal in your neck of the woods. Fishing sounds like so much fun!

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  9. The tee turned out wonderfully! The colors are so pretty, and very flattering to you as well!

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  10. cherie11:57 AM

    Beautiful! So pretty....

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  11. That looks great, and I love the shaping AND how the color moved and striped!

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  12. Your sweater looks fantastic! It looks like it fits perfectly. Makes me want to knit something other than socks.

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  13. Congratulations on a great-looking sweater. Enjoy!

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  14. Love the sweater...in the picture it looks like shining silver, just beautiful.

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  15. Yeah! It looks great! And fits you perfectly!

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  16. It turned out really well! I've never been very interested in that pattern, but yours looks wonderful. I may have to give it another look.

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  17. It's difficult to imagine such a lovely garment being called Nothing But a T Shirt ~ it's so much more!!!

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  18. Another wonderful project from you!!!

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  19. How beautiful - it looks like a perfect fit!

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  20. As Robin said, that is very much more than just a T-shirt!! What a really lovely, elegant top...the subtle striping is sensational! It fits you great! I've considered such T-shirt patterns before, but always wondered if they'd really look any good off the needles as on...This gives me hope and inspiration! Happy Days in the sun lookin' pretty! ((HUGS))

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  21. Ooohhh! It came out so beautifully!

    Do you do your seaming on the sewing machine? I'm tempted to try it sometime, but haven't had the courage yet...

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  22. I hear that green tea is supposed to be good for you. ; )

    It looks lovely and I think it will be a wonderful hug each time you wear it.

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  23. It looks great on you! Love the coloration.

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  24. It is sooo pretty, and it fits you to a T!

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  25. you look fabulous in that knitted tee - wow. Great combo of yarn and pattern - and I suspect that it will soon become a favorite.
    I love how the color travels around the sweater -

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  26. What a great basic pattern! I love Brooks Farm yarn. Looks great on you!

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  27. I don't think one could want the sweater to come out any better than yours has! Perfect on you, and I agree the pooling was minimal. Really a beauty! You've created a winner

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  28. Love the sweater, great work.

    Thanks for the info. on the special olympic scarf project. What a wonderful project. You continue to impress me with your charity knitting.

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  29. Boy I love that sweater, you've done a fantastic job and it really suits you. I have just pulled all my cotton blends out of the stash to see if I have enough to make my own. Sadly although I have lots of cotton blends I don't have enough in any of them. Guess that means a trip to the LYS. I did try adn use my stash. Honestly I did.

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  30. Love this t-shirt! Love your guy's hat. Love the narrative about pride in the Texas flag. I agree, I have never seen such pride since moving here in 2000.

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~Tracy