Friday, November 9, 2018

Faded Adamantine

Oh, this sweater. This one was a labor of love. 

This year I have been trying to shift my focus. I want to knit high-quality, slow-moving projects. And all around, less. Cause let me tell you: there's only so much room in my little apartment. And I want to love the things I knit. That may seem like a no-brainer, right? Why would you knit something you didn't love?!

Here's some reasons: because everyone else is. Because someone from a theater/church/hiking group gave you the yarn. Because you want to try out a new technique. Because you're bored. 


So that brings me to this sweater: Adamantine by Erica Smith. Dude, THIS sweater. This sweater is pure delight. The pattern was interesting (even, dare-I-say, challenging?!), I love the fit, and I went all-out with this yarn (Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Faded Quilt).

I knit this bad boy on and off from February to September, according to Ravelry. I knit this while commuting and while watching Wild Wild Country.  I think this sweater finally taught me to embrace non-monogamy in knitting, since I took breaks to finish two other sweaters and a pair of socks. 

Pulling inspiration from Christina's sweater, I wanted my Adamantine the tiniest bit cropped. Not too difficult, right? Lol, wrong. I knit the back first, and although I attempted to crop it, it somehow came out a full cable repeat longer than the front. After doing some quick fitting (shout out to my Wonder Clips), I ripped out the top of the back and began the repeats for the shoulders lower. And here we are: my perfect length sweater. 

I also made my usual mod of making the sleeve one size smaller than the body. I'm very into the silhouette that creates, with the drop sleeve design. In the end, it all worked out.