Sideways Spencer
Pattern: by Annie Modesitt, Interweave Knits Fall 2004
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, “Olivette”, 5 skeins
Needles: Denise US 7 (4.5 mm)
Started: May 27, 2005
Finished: July 19, 2005 (that took a while!)

Notes:
I love the way this turned out! The stitch patterns are fabulous and the chart was easy to memorize. Modifications: added length by adding a pattern repeat, 4×2 ribbing on the sleeves and bottom of the body, more ribbing to add length. As you can see, I changed my mind about the buttons from the last post and went and bought new ones today. The sweater took so long because I put it down for a long time – but the knitting was fast and easy! Now I just need some cooler weather…

Onto stash enhancement. Yesterday I went to the sale at Romni, with the intention of getting this:

Madil Eden, 100% bamboo, in a mocha colour. This bamboo is soft, silky and shiny.

I also just couldn’t resist.

Four skeins of Coffee Bean Calmer. Oy. And I went and picked up some Lorna’s from the store, too. Two skeins of “peach” for the waving lace socks from last spring’s interweave.

I also got the Addi for the Sapphire tank, and another 2.5 mm circ to replace the one I broke. It was an expensive day.

15 Responses to “spencer, and haul”

  1. jae

    okay, knitting, spinning, blah blah blah. how come you’re not telling everyone about that great new zine you contributed to? and how photos of you are on more pages than anyone else?!?

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  2. Alexa

    Gorgeous! Spencer is one of my many wanna-make projects, but alas, I have to finish other things as well. Anyways, great FO!

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  3. grumperina

    The sweater came out super fabulous. Wow, I’m so impressed! Were I more of a cardigan kind of girl, I’d be all over it. Come to think of it, that could be easily a pullover. Will investigate. Stash additions – lovely, especially the Lorna’s all the way at the bottom :).

    You should let Annie know about the cardi (www.modeknit.com), she’s a very sweet woman and I think you made her pattern proud :).

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  4. Nicole

    Your Spencer looks great. I will have to keep this sweater in mind along with your modifications.

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  5. Julie

    Along the spirit of Jae’s very valid reminder to you to acknowledge your knitting friends in “the real world”–how come you haven’t mentioned as a “stash addition” the oversized 1920s-1930s mother of pearl button someone brought back for you all the way from London’s Jubilee Market?

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  6. Wanda

    I’m really impressed by your knitting handiwork. I love the Spencer jacket. I first saw it in Interweave, but it didn’t do much for me. After I saw Bonne Marie’s version, really loved it. Now you’re making me really want to make it. Thanks for including your modifications, v. helpful.

    Oh and the stash enhancement, wonderful!

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