Tuesday, July 07, 2009

I Love This Project...Adrienne Martini

Guest Blogger Tuesday
I Love This Project
Adrienne Martini

"It took me seven years to knit this sweater.

Which isn't to say that it took seven years from first stitch to last. The act of knitting this sweater only took about four months. I worked away at it after the kids went to bed or on long car trips. I watched countless hours of mindless TV while knitting this sweater, which I can do when the bulk of the work is stockinette stitch.

But it took seven years for me to have enough knitting experience to make this sweater. It took seven years to learn how knitted fabric behaves and how to make it work on my body. It took seven years to gather the supplies I needed to make it. The yarn came out of my stash -- hell, it took this long to really have a stash. The yarn, like the buttons, was intended for another project that never panned out.

It's not perfect, of course. There is a wonky cable and poorly cast-off neckband. Still, this is the first sweater I've made that turned out exactly as I'd imagined. It is just what I wanted. And I love it."

"Tangled Yoke Cardigan"
Eunny Jang from Interweave Knits, Fall 2007.
Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed in Berry.
Buttons made by The Rams Horn.
(For a close-up of the buttons, check out Adrienne's sweater post.)

I first met Adrienne in July of 2007 when she asked about pumpkin patterns for cross-stitch. She probably didn't expect this, but I tend to be thorough which is why I don't do as many things as I would like. Adrienne's blog focuses on her writing, her kids, and her crafting. She is widely-read and keeps me up to date with what is being written on the innernets with her "many things make a post" posts. If you want even more, you can read her book.


Kristen said...

The sweater is gorgeous - well worth the wait!

In your defense Anna, there are a lot of really cute pumpkin patterns out there. :)

Patti said...

Thank you Anna I loved reading what your guest blogger had to say about her sweater which I think is a terrific achievement. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Annemarie said...

Thank you, Adrienne, for showing us the piece that taught you how to knit. It is very lovely and makes me want to pick up my knitting needles too! I'm afraid though it would take me a lot longer to learn how to knit as beautifully as this :o)

Anna, I would like to say again how much I enjoy this new, temporary, blog feature. What fun to meet fellow crafters you would otherwise never have come across!

Lee said...

This essay is just one more reason why I love Adrienne Martini!

Barbeeque4 said...

It is one beautiful sweater - love the colour!! Congrats!!!

Siobhan said...

What a cool sweater!! It makes me wish that I could knit something other than wonky scarves.

Anonymous said...

Nice sweater! thanks for bringing Adrienne into blog reader.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

It looks perfect to me, congrats on this 7 year accomplishment. CJ ok;-)

Anonymous said...

GoodNESS! Adrienne didn't know she had gotten hold of the "Pumpkin Queen", did she?

I like her sweater, too.


mainely stitching said...

That's a sweater I'd gladly live in for about six months of the year! :D