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Monday, April 24, 2006

Finished Forecast!

The weather has been perfectly lousy, but the Forecast is clearing up!

(Yikes. Sorry for the bad pun. Guess that's my specialty.) Anyway, the rain subsided just long enough to get a few photos in beautiful Cobble Hill Park.

Here's the arm. As I mentioned before, I misread the cable chart and therefore knit much looonger cables than the pattern called for. But I liked that it looked less busy and opted to keep it this way. It's Forecast -- now with fewer bobbles!

Here's the back.

And for good measure, a semi-smiling shot.

Now for the details. I used about 3 1/2 skeins of Cascade 220 on size 6 Clover circulars. In terms of modifications, I obviously altered the cable pattern a good deal, accidentally or otherwise. I lengthened the lower border by a few inches and, inspired by Winnie, I started the arm ribbing at the elbows.

Most notably, I redid the button band not once, twice but THRICE. The band looked funky with 10 buttons, so I tried knitting it a little wider by adding a few rows. Forget it. It was still far too many buttons. So I switched to just seven buttons, and that did the trick. At least I think so.

Now for something completely different, I bought a new microwave! I know this is dorky, but isn't it adorable?


Anonymous Sandra said...

oh my god, your forecast look great! i've kinda been eyeing this pattern for a bit now. i might just have to cast on for it real soon.

and i like your modifications. i'm glad everything worked out for you in the end. :D

and pshaw, that microwave is way cute. love that door. not dorky at all.

11:16 PM  
Blogger yahaira said...

great forecast! it must have been perfect for this weekend. I really like that green on you.

and great micro!

11:24 PM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

It looks beautiful! And sorry I haven't written back yet. I think I'm tripped up over what to pick out!!! Silly, right? But I'd love to hang out very soon...

11:35 PM  
Blogger Allena said...

i love the sweater with the changes it looks wonderful! though i'm not sure i've seen it the way it should be..HMMM. LOL

i totally love that microwave i may just drop whoops i mean my micro may just happen to go kaput soon so i can get a clever one like yours!

11:36 PM  
Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

Alright! Hottie on the loose! I think next photoshoot you're gonna have to show a little more skin though. Carrie, need I remind you, sex sells.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

yeah Carrie! Nice Forecast...hope that means the weather will clear up here!

hope to see you at the point or otherwise soon!!! (knowing our schedules...otherwise. Saturdays work best for me!)

11:53 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

wow, that looks so lovely! I love the colour and I especially love the ribbing starting at the elbows. I think I need to try that next.

And your microwave looks like mine!:)

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Carrie your Forecast is marvelous! I love it. The color is great and it's the perfect spring sweater (at least in places other than So Cal, where we go from sort of chilly to warm). I have loved this sweater from day one, when not so many liked it. I really would love to make it one day, if I can get through my knitting rut (aka commissioned/dealine knitting).

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Looks so awesome! Congrats on finishing. I appreciate all your notes too--I wish I was done. Great great job.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

That color is just beautiful on you! Forcast looks wonderful. I really like your modifications on it, intentional or otherwise. When I first saw this sweater I thought it was too busy so I like your more subdued version.

3:09 AM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

Oooo, it looks great! I wasn't a fan of the pattern because of all...the...BOBBLES. But I really like the modifications you made- keeps the bobbles simple and interesting instead of fugly. Fabulous!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Wow Carrie, it's fantastic! I think the longer cables are an improvement to the pattern. And the green is a lovely color on you! I'm amazed you only needed 3 1/2 skeins. A shame the weather was so lousy last weekend, especially since last week was so nice. What a letdown!

7:47 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

I agree -- I like your modifications a lot. I wasn't so sure about Forecast when I saw the original pattern, but your less bobble-heavy version is very cute.

And I too love the microwave. The window is super-cute. And it's not dorky at all to get excited about things you're going to look at every day.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Your forecast is lovely!

8:24 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Forecast looks fantastic! I like the longer cables, I think it looks more slimming. I am definitely putting this on my list of Sweaters To Knit (and how much do I love that you used Cascade 220 -- this sweater will be so ridiculously affordable I can't stand it!)

8:28 AM  
Blogger CareBear said...

Forecast looks great! And the ribbing at the sleeves was a GREAT change!

Love the microwave! The glass panel on the door is adorable! Exactly something something I would get excited over!

8:37 AM  
Anonymous jess said...

it's gorgeous! you're the first of the knit-along crop i've seen finish - kudos! it looks great on you. and it's perfect weather for it, non?

8:47 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Forecast is beautiful! I like the longer cables. You're right, it's much less busy. Lovely green.

10:02 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

wow! it looks totally cute!! and i love all of your little modifications to it. you made it your own :)

10:06 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

Your sweater is so cute. I wasn't really like the pattern at first because it was so busy but your version has changed my mind. It looks great on you.

Isn't it funny how you can be so proud of buying a microwave. Spending money on an appliance is such a responsibly adult thing. I've been there and it's strangely exciting.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

I love your modifications! Forecast looks amazing. I'm a big kitchen gadget dork, so I can appreciate the microwave.

10:30 AM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

Bad puns make the world go 'round - don't apologize for them!!!

I LOVELOVELOVE Forecast. What a terrific color on you. I like the sleeve mods, too.

Excellent job!

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

You are so freakin' photogenic, its unreal. Forecast looks great, and I like the mods A LOT...enough to consider makin' one for myself.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Yay for your finished forecast! Just as lovely as I thought it would be!

That green looks really wonderful on you!! Super springy!

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Looks awesome! If you didn't tell me you misread the cable chart, I would have thought that was deliberate. Great job!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Love that sweater. It looks really great.

You posted on my blog about my Sunday morning men...I watch George but listen to Tim on the Meet the Press podcast on my way to school Mondays. So I guess I have two Sunday men

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Joelene said...

LOVE it! The color is amazing! Must.resist.starting.this.sweater....

1:20 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

The Forecast is sunny!! (hey, I love puns too!) It is great with the modifications - very nice fit and great color on you too, dear Carrie! I love it! I really have my eye on this baby... maybe in the fall...

Hope you get to wear it a little longer before the heat sets in!

(You, the sweater, and the microwave are all adorable!)


3:34 PM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

ooooohhh...I love it! Now I want to make one. I really like Cascade 220 too, so that would be a good pick fo rme. yay!

And your microwave is cute too. :-)

4:10 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

Your forcast looks so great! I love the less cluttered look with fewer bobbles. The sweater has some really interesting details patterning but I've thought that all the bobbles get in the way. I love you modifications and hope you get lots of wear out of it this spring!

4:15 PM  
Blogger megan said...

love the sweater

4:17 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

It turned out great - and it fits you perfectly. I'm jealous - my first sweater is still unfinished. You rock!

4:21 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

The sweater looks great! hmmm. I have some cascade 220 in the stash...

When can you come to The Point again??

8:02 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Love your forecast. So pretty. I wish I have time to cast on another project :)

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

It looks great -- congratulations! Great, great mods.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Wow, I really like your forecast! I'm still trying to figure out how one can get 4 sts per in on size 7 needles with Cascade 220. Maybe I need to just relax.

Another question... when you were doing your bobbles, did you end up with holes in the stitch just before your bobble? I can't figure out if I'm doing it wrong or what but I keep getting giant holes.

2:51 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Forecast looks great - I definitely agree with your button band modification!

3:02 PM  
Blogger PassionKNITly said...

Forecast looks great!

And I should think about getting a new microwave. My tiny one is starting to not work so well...

So...uh...thanks for the knitting and consumer inspiration?

3:46 PM  
Blogger mrspilkington said...

wow, it is GORGEOUS! looks like there will be plenty of beautiful days ahead. :-) OK, my pun is worse.
and the microwave *is* cute.

8:20 AM  
Blogger jen said...

absolutely beautiful!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

Wow it looks great and the color is so nice. I think your modifications work well I l personally like less bobbles.

2:25 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

how pretty! that's a lovely color.
it's nice how sometimes a small mistake yields results better than initially expected! :)
for some reason, i think of the centers of flowers when i see those bobbles clustered together inside of cables...or birds' nests. it's not's me. really.
excellent modifications on the button traffic situation. it looks a lot more manageable. i suppose if you had more bobbles, more buttons would've matched better? i don't know.
so...when do we get to see the socks you've been working on with the sundara yarn? i love the colors you chose. :) sock envy :P hehehe...

5:31 PM  
Blogger melissa lynn said...

i love your forecast! beautiful.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

forecast looks awesome- and you finished it really quickly. kick ass! i also like the longer cables and smaller bobbles- it still looks really detailed, but more subtle. very pretty color, too.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Forecast is Fenomenal!! And the futuristic microwave isn't bad either.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Nik said...

that sweater is gorgeous on you.
And do you know that I purchased my very first microwave two years ago. My friends talked about me so badly because I was without one for so long.

11:10 AM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

Beautiful! I really like the mods - both the intentional and accidental ones...the color is great for this time of year too. :-)

2:53 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I love that microwave too.

Forecast looks absolutely perfect on you. Your mods worked out beautifully.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous frecklegirl jess said...

Forecast is gorgeous- great job!

I am so jealous of your microwave- Casey burned popcorn really badly in ours 6 months ago and it still smells like burnt popcorn every time we use it. yuck!

8:10 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

That is gorgeous!! I was intrigued by the pattern when I saw it on Knitty, and can I say that yours is my most favorite version so far. Also, cool blog! I found you from perusing the Forecast KAL thinking about new projects to work on. Lovely new sweater!

9:44 PM  
Blogger krissy said...

your sweater looks amazing! i love the little details on the sleeves.

4:13 PM  
Blogger shobhana said...

that looks fantastic! i want a forecast!

8:26 PM  

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