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bkeith's picture

Hi all,

I've been lurking for a while and enjoying the advice and chat. Figured it was time to speak up and say hello.

I tend to knit in fits and starts. I'm gung-ho now with a couple projects on the needles. With luck I'll finish at least one before I get busy and have to set it all aside for awhile (often months at a time).

If I attach it correctly, here's a sweater I finished a couple months back. Long story, but it eventually took me 2.5 years from start to finish, between busy periods, starting over twice, bad math, ripping out parts and re-knitting, etc. My current sweater is going much more smoothly. ;)

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JDM511's picture

I love the pattern. Did you

I love the pattern. Did you make the pattern, or where did you find it?

Jim

bkeith's picture

Found the pattern in a

Found the pattern in a European peridocal called "Filati". It quickly got redubbed "yarn porn" around here -- I made no bones about the fact that I bought it mostly becase of the cover model. I changed it from the original pattern -- not only was it done on needles larger than I wanted to use, but the cable was different. Instead of the repeated pattern, it occurred only once mid-chest. And there was a different cable just above the waistband. That one looked a bit like a downward-pointing arrow, so this pattern has been nicknamed the "here's my junk" sweater. ;)

The math problems I had were due to the needle size conversion, the metric-to-inches conversion, and the fact that I decided this would be my first in-the-round sweater. Somehow I messed up in all those conversions, and the first try was making a sweater that would have fit two people together. ;)

TomH's picture

Very smart looking sweater.

Very smart looking sweater. Do you have any close up photos of it? Would love to see more of the details.

bkeith's picture

Looks like I can't add

Looks like I can't add images to a reply here, so I've uploaded a better photo to the sweater section of the photo gallery. Thanks for asking!

albert's picture

Beautiful sweater- texture

Beautiful sweater- texture rings my bell these days. Knit when the spirit moves you.

Veni, vidi, kniti.

OKknitguy's picture

Great job. I need to do a

Great job. I need to do a sweater and I like how that one looks. Kewl on the birthday cakes. Will we ever see you on foodtv?

Robert in OKC

bkeith's picture

I've actually been on Food

I've actually been on Food TV. I competed in the wedding cake challenge at the 2005 Oklahoma Sugar Art Show. Got lots of camera time too. They re-air it from time to time -- I usually know because my phone starts ringing off the hook. ;)

MMario's picture

note to self. set the

note to self. set the TIVO.

MM

bkeith's picture

Here's a link to the entry I

Here's a link to the entry I did:

http://www.oksugarartshow.com/2005/2005bigshowgolds.htm

Scroll to the right. Mine is black with birds on it. The theme was "wedding cake couture" -- we had to use a bridal gown as inspiration for the cake. I chose a black embroidered kimono and did a whole Japanese theme for the cake and table decorations.

Took 6th place, FWIW.

crmartin's picture

Wow! That's a really

Wow! That's a really beautiful cake, you should be really proud. Curious, what do they do with all the cakes after the competition?

Randy

bkeith's picture

Most of the entries are iced

Most of the entries are iced styrofoam. Most folks take them home to their shops and display them. I have very little room to store stuff like that, so after a while, I just stick them in the dishwasher to get all the icing off, then re-use the styrofoam forms for another display.

That cake represented about 200 hours of work over the course of a couple months. If it had been real cake, you wouldn't have wanted to eat it. ;)

ChazH's picture

Hi Bkeith! I really like

Hi Bkeith! I really like how you did the cabling, but especially on the sleeve, near the bottom. I also like the look of ribbing...timeless. I know how you feel about having to put down your knitting and pick back up. I'm fairly slow to finish things too.

crmartin's picture

Welcome to MWK! Beautiful

Welcome to MWK! Beautiful sweater, the fit looks perfect. Looking forward to seeing your next one.

Randy