Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Augusta back and buttons

The august August Augusta continues. I started the back last night with a major mod. The original back is plain stockinette, but I'm cabling mine. After spending months reknitting the Handstrikket with nothing but boring brown stockinette, I have a moral obligation to rescue myself from abject tedium. Plus the cables will give me additional vertical lines that will hopefully be becoming. Note I'm not saying slimming because I'm just not that optimistic of a human being. :-)


I've been on a constant quest for green buttons. It's tough out there. If you want white, gold, black, or silver buttons,  you're good to go. But green? Not so much. If I don't find anything better, I'm going to use these neat sea glass buttons I found from Swept from the Seas Design on Etsy. I wish they were a little bigger, but they'll work.


Should I tell you again how excited I am about this sweater? It's the first time I've taken a commercial pattern and rewrote it using all of my own measurements rather than just the bust and hip size. I'm anxious to see how much better a fit I will get. I'm shocked by the sleeves, for example. You may remember that the Handstirkket had tremendously wide sleeves. The Augusta's sleeves seem svelte in comparison. I was really worried they wouldn't fit, but they're perfect. Now if I can just get a cardigan body to sew them on to.



I will blog about the strategy and approach I'm using to re-create this sweater in the next day or two. Suffice to say I'm a walking Einstein executing a big sweater experiment. We'll see if I can prove out my hypothesis with the august August Augusta.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the button endorsement - and for reading my blog. I've been on the fence about the sea glass buttons... you're now pushing me over that fence. thanks!

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  2. I love those buttons! The sweater seems to be coming along really well! I love the color. Green is my fav afterall!

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  3. Those buttons are perfect! I can't wait to see your finished sweater. LOVE the color!

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  4. Very very lovely. Your August Card makes me yearn for my favorite time of year even more.
    You are one fast knitter.
    t_a

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  5. I'm a sucker for sea glass, yay buttons!!! I can't wait to learn how to you are making your mods! Still haven't been to the "big city" to find the book, but may make it there tomorrow. Am I remembering correctly that you are making buttons all the way down the front???

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  6. You'll be happier cabling it after suffering through all that stockinette. I'm a sucker for cables, in case you can't tell.

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  7. It sounds like everyone likes the sea glass buttons so I guess that's what I'm going with. And Experimental, life is way too short for boring knitting. Thanks everyone!

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  8. Oh, those buttons are fabulous! Whether or not they work with this particular cardi, I'm excited to know about that shop. Etsy, like Ravelry, is a dangerous, slippery slope!

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  9. The buttons are truly fantastic. I love organic buttons on wool... a natural and happy marriage, I think.

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