I finally finished the Owl Sweater and I am very happy with it. This sweater was designed to be a fitted sweater and I don’t like anything too tight so I made some alterations to the pattern and I didn’t do the darts. The sweater ended up with a boxy shape and I liked it. I thought the sweater fit nicely but it was very long. I hadn’t planned on that happening and I was stumped. See the post Owl Sweater for the link to the pattern.
The other issue is that even though I soaked the sweater in vinegar and later in hair conditioner, it was still too itchy for me. There is a joke in my family that I am so sensitive that I am the princess and the pea. Yeah, that’s pretty much me. What can I do? I have sensitive skin. Mom was at my house today and I showed her the sweater and she asked if I was being a princess, yeah probably so. I insisted she try it on and tell me its not itchy. She tried it on and loved it. She agreed it was a little itchy but it didn’t bother her.I gave her the sweater, se was so excited. I know myself pretty well and I know that I will never wear it if it is the least bit itchy. Honestly, it looks cuter on her than me. It fits her like a sweater dress and looks adorable with leggins. Mom isn’t sure she wants to add the eyes. (Each owl should get 2 small buttons for eyes). She loves it and I told her it was her early Christmas present ❤
Mommy got the sweater.
Owl Sweater by Kate Davies from ravelry.com Click on photo to purchase pattern from Kate.
Starting the owls.
I started knitting this sweater early last year. It is knit in the round from the bottom up. When I got to the owls I miscalculated my stitches and ended up frustrated and with crooked owls. I gave up and added it to my wips (works in progress).
A few weeks ago I ran into my friend Marsha at Wegman’s. We talked in the parking lot for probably an hour and decided we would both join a local meet-up of knitters that meet at Wegman’s on Wednesday nights. Marsha is a great knitter! She is the reason I am knitting the owl sweater. Last year I saw Marsh wearing this adorable sweater and knew right away that I had to knit it. I bought the pattern and off I went. I made it all the way up to the owls and then mistakes happened, naughty words were yelled and off the little owl sweater went into the closet. Just before my meet-up at Wegman’s I pulled the owl sweater out of my closet and I began the painful process of frogging. I frogged ( you know rip it, rip it, rip it) my mistakes and started it again.
To date only 2 of my owls are a little off but the rest are lining up perfectly. I am knitting this sweater in a blend of alpaca and acrylic. It is a little furry but very soft. I’m not worried as it blends in very well with all of the dog hair in our house.