Noro Taiyo Sweater: In Progress

Despite the lack of action around this blog, there’s been a decent amount of knitting and spinning and a whole lot of action on the home front. Blame this all on the fact that we’ve been looking at houses. We haven’t found anything perfect yet, but we’re still truckin’. There was one that seemed ideal for a moment, but it wasn’t meant to be. I also had a lovely little vacation with a guest from out of town, including Webs shopping, BBQ-eating, banjo-band-listening, and a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. Does it get any better than that? Only if the visit is longer.

I should probably show you my current big project before it’s finished, huh? This sweater is a total experiment. I usually like to have an idea if something is going to look okay on me before I start it, but I’ve thrown caution to the wind on this one and am just going with its glorious 70s smockness. Will it be too dorky? I do not know. Let’s hope the yarn’s beauty keeps it on the awesome side. If not, you’ll hear all about it.

Here’s the inspiration:

It’s a smock from Knitting in the Nordic Tradition by Vibeke Lind, knit in stockinette stitch with rolled edges. I’ve done absolutely no shaping whatsoever on this sweater. The pieces are four rectangles that I’ll sew together, leaving a wide boatneck. The stripes are made like all those scarves, by knitting 2 rows from one ball and 2 from another, only I’m using the same colorway for both balls. The decision to make the stripes vertical comes from the inspirational smock and a bit of honesty about the fact that I have a 40 inch chest. :)

And here are the results so far:

The yarn is Taiyo (colorway #4), the 40% cotton, 30% silk, and 15% each wool and nylon big fat papery Kureyon-looking, yet summery, yarn from Noro. The fabric is light and bouncy at the loose gauge I’m using. The colors are insane. The knitting is fast. I should be wearing it, weather permitting, within the week.

There are more projects coming: another handspun Anne scarf, a handspun naturally-colored striped vest for Mr. HelloYarn (Totally not copying yoohoo, in fact, he copied me. Yeah, that’s it.), and who knows what else that’s buried in my knitting basket!

PS: As you might have noticed, I’m a ton better at keeping things up to date over on Flickr so, if you miss me, you can always find me there.

12 Responses to “Noro Taiyo Sweater: In Progress”

  1. whitney

    The progress shots of the Taiyo sweater are so fabulous…I can’t wait to see what the finished piece looks like!

    I’ve been a lot better about keeping up at Flickr these days, too.

  2. Jody

    I love how that sweater is coming out! I am getting lots of handspun stripey ideas!

  3. Kelly

    Isn’t that the best yarn and the best colorway? I made a Chameleon Scarf out of it and it is awesome!

  4. Peggy

    The colors are wonderful together. I know what you mean about the blogging – it’s so much easier to knit than post about it!

  5. Oksana

    It doesn’t look smock-like at all, especially because of the vertical stripes. Those are some really nice colors, too!

  6. Stacey _CrimsonPurl

    I can not WAIT to see your F.O. post with all your details for your sweater.

    Please definitely consider making a draft pattern for what you are doing as I would love to knit a replica up as well! ;o)

  7. Eliza

    Wow. That’s incredible. I can’t wait to see the finished product! And I would love to check out that yarn…

  8. mimi2

    what inspiring work…the mix of bold colors seems to match your personailty perfectly…love your stuff on ravelry…just started cherry garcia for my beautiful blue-eyed sister in shades of blue and khaki…thanks for th pattern

  9. merete

    this is one happy sweater. and the book is the best. i love it. i was so amazed by the price it goes for now having had it since it was published. it is really too bad that all the lovely technique oriented books end up being so ridiculously expensive. you should see the knitting books published in danish these days. it is such a waste of paper.

  10. Patti from Ottawa

    God, that’s gorgeous! I love the colours.

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