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March 25

I’m Baaaaack

I’ve been meaning to come back to blogging for quite some time now.  In all honesty, I never meant to take a blogging break.  Life just got in the way and I got out of the rhythm of posting – the longer I was away the harder it has been to come back and resume writing.

Since I’ve been away just a few things have happened:

  • My step-dad got cancer – and then recovered and is now cancer free (YAY!)  Biggie I know – but it’s all good now.
  • I have a pretty, new front yard that my mom and I landscaped last fall
  • I have pink hair
  • I am officially sewing with knit fabric
  • Made it through a totally cold winter in my house – the avg temp was like 60, sometimes 55, but never higher than 68.
  • I’m planning a trip to Paris (Can’t even wait!!!)
  • Oh… and I learnt how to use the sawzall (reciprocating saw).  It’s the important things…. lol

While I may have left my blog unattended since *shudder* October, I have NOT stopped sewing or knitting.  I’ve been sewing and knitting all winter long and have quite a backlog of projects to share.

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One of the main things that prompted me to post today is my newly finished sweater that I knit along with Meg and Michelle, the Beekman Tavern Pullover.

Beekman Tavern Pullover

Being made in worsted weight yarn, this is one of the faster knits that I made this winter.  I think I was able to knit this puppy up in 2.5-3 weeks, which is pretty speedy for me.

As you can tell, I highly modified this sweater from the original, fisherman-style sweater, that it was supposed to be.

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I knew I wouldn’t be happy with a long, positive-ease sweater so I did some modifications to be a waist-length and included some bust shaping (side seam increases).

Beekman Tavern Pullover

Traditionally, I haven’t been successful with making any raglan-style sleeves.  I have a very short armscye height and narrow shoulders, coupled with thicker upper arms.  What ends up happening is that I look like I have mega armpit fat in my sweater – it just folds at the armpit all wrong.  (See my Ingenue here).

But I think I finally solved the problem….

Beekman Tavern Pullover Armscye Detail

I make the upper bodice the height I need and generally stick with the smallest size in this area for width – again bodice only.  But on the sleeves, I have to do the raglan decreases much faster from the armpit to the middle of the armscye on the front only – this gets rid of the extra sleeve width to blend into my narrow shoulders.  This along with casting off more stitches than required at my underarms, helps.  I do my decreases on every row for the first 25 rows or so, on the front bodice only.  It seems like a lot of decreases – and it is – but it’s what works for me, and you’d never tell the decreases are crazy from the pictures, it just looks like it fits.

Other Mods:

My center front & back panels are narrower than the original pattern, as is the moss stitching on the side panels.

Beekman Tavern Pullover

I raised the neckline significantly.  I actually knew I wanted a higher neckline, but I just winged it as I was knitting and didn’t take any notes.  What I do know is that I did 2 sets of short rows in the back of the bodice to raise the back neckline.  I think it was somewhere around 16 rows that I added to bring the back up higher than the front.  I just kept knitting and decreasing the neckline until I liked the height of it in the front, then went and added short rows at the end to bring the back up to where it felt comfortable.

Beekman Tavern Pullover

One of the best things about knitting with these gals (besides the fun we have…) is that all of our projects turn out completely different.  I tend to knit my sweaters with a bit of vintage flair, even if it’s a modern pattern.  Michelle’s are much more modern but always uses a new yarn that I’ve never heard of.

Michelle's Beekman Tavern Pullover

And Meg, well… she went and turned this sweater into a mini sweater dress.  How cool is that?!

Meg's Beekman Tavern Pullover

I used Miss Babs 100% merino, light worsted weight yarn in the Forever colorway for my pullover.  It’s yarn that I’ve had in my stash for 4+ years now that I bought at Stitches Midwest.  With any new knitting project that I’ve made this winter, I’ve been attempting to use yarn in my stash instead of going out and purchasing something new.  Since it’s light worsted, I had to modify the stitch count due to a gauge difference.  But I was going to have to do that anyways since I made my sweater with negative ease instead of positive ease.

Beekman Tavern Pullover

Location-Location-Location

The three of us wanted to go fabric shopping together after the photo shoot, so I immediately thought of this location to take our photos.  There is a large wall of rocks (concrete or whatever) that I pass on my route to the fabric store, on the north side of Chicago (edge of Evanston), right along Sheridan Road.  Chicagoans probably know exactly what I’m talking about, yeah?!  I’ve always wanted to stop here, but just never did.

Beekman Tavern Pullover

Unfortunately, it was terribly cold and windy when we were out there, we did the quickest photoshoot we’ve ever done.  It was a great location for the fisherman style sweaters, as we were right along the lakefront – but not so good for the wind/cold factor.  Ahh well… I’m sure I’ll make a point to stop here again when the winter breaks and sun is out to warm all of the rocks.

Beekman Tavern Pullover

Sorry for the long absence, I have tons of projects to catch you up on so I’ll be sure to be back again soon.  :)

P.S.  More images on Flickr.

  1. Meg / Mar 25 2015

    Fastest photo shoot EVER. So glad we did it, though! I love how your sweater turned out, and it’s perfect with your pink hair and that purple skirt. This outfit of yours is one of my favorites :) (I still want to get a photo of you wearing my Beekman at some point!!!)

  2. SeamstressErin / Mar 25 2015

    OMG your hair is so fabulous!!!!!!
    Of course your sweater is lovely, but I really expected nothing less, since you trio of lovely ladies always have lovely sweaters to show off.
    But I have to say, that I have an overwhelming desire to dye my hair pink (again) looking at your gorgeous hair photos! You look fabulous!
    P.S. Hooray for figuring out raglan sleeves! I have the opposite shoulders of you and find them problematic often as well.

  3. Llynnda / Mar 25 2015

    I am so glad you are back! Due to family situation I did not realize I had missed you, and every other blog that I used to follow , until the end of February when things became somewhat normal. I think I saw a picture of a bunny and wondered where you were. Love your pink hair and hope you continue to blog. When is Paris?

    Llynnda

  4. MarrieB / Mar 25 2015

    Gorgeous sweaters, as always!

  5. Tasha / Mar 25 2015

    Obviously I love the pink hair (I hope I told you this at the vintage show?!), but it looks especially beautiful with that lovely turquoise pullover! It’s gorgeous and the fit is great. You guys are all so cute, and I love how Meg’s is a mini dress. :)

    Hope it’s warming up in your house a bit!!

  6. Begum / Mar 25 2015

    Good to hear everything is going well! Your hair is awesome :) All your sewaters look very stylish, wecome back!

  7. Bonnie Brannon / Mar 25 2015

    O.H. M.Y. G.O.O.D.N.E.S.S. You HAVE been through the wringer, young lady – how relieved everyone who knows you must be – I remember thinking what WONderful people your step-dad and your mother must be in the ways they so lovingly pitched in to help with the Major challenges you and Felix faced with your house last year – you are all in my prayers. Life is so very fragile; I admire your resiliency and celebrate with you your good news.

    CanNOT wait to see photos of your garden design.

    Your photo shoot may have been short, m’dear, but the photos are remarkable – Fab Felix’s work again? :)

    Re Your work – the modifications you made to your raglan are astonishing – VERY well done; don’t know about the pink hair, though – prolly because I’m in my 70s… but it DOES look terrific w/the flaming turquoise raglan. Woo Hoo!

    Hugs to you and yours!

  8. Annabelle / Mar 25 2015

    I was just browsing ravelry and saw you posted pictures of this sweater, so I went straight to my blogger to see if you had a blog post to go along with it. Yay!!! You are back. I have been thinking about you a ton (in a non-creepy, I just hope she has some sewing and knitting to share kind of way). You three look amazing in your sweater. I love how you take the time to make adjustments to patterns and really make them your own, both with the vintage flair and fitting them to your body. I need to do more of that.

    Your pink hair is such a shock to me. It looks amazing, and I love the curls and this length of hair on you. I always assumed a research analyst to be a more conservative position, so that is awesome that your work allows you to express yourself.

    Also – yay for your step-dad winning the battle! I’m glad you can say he is cancer free ;)

  9. Sarah / Mar 25 2015

    OMG! I adore your pink hair! OMG! I love your sweater! Boy, I’m happy to see you back posting. Big, big happy dance for your superhero stepdad! Yay!

  10. Michelle / Mar 25 2015

    When you write a list of all the things that have been happening since October… WOW. And, you’re such a trouper through it all! I’m glad you’re back to blogging, just so I can be nosy and see the projects you’ve finished since you stopped! :-D

  11. Sabine / Mar 25 2015

    It’s nice to read you again! And I love your sweater! I really I knitted faster.
    When you come to Paris, if you have time to go fabric shopping, don’t hesitate to drop me a line I would be more than happy to show you around if you want to.

  12. Miriam / Mar 25 2015

    I’m so glad you’re back! Every time I pull up Bloglovin’ I’ve checked to see if you’ve updated things. That’s great news about your step father. I can’t even imagine what the last few months have been like.

  13. Frangipanii / Mar 25 2015

    YAY! Your back, and looking fabulous in your new creations can’t wait to read what you have been up to.

  14. Rochelle New / Mar 25 2015

    So glad to hear your step-dad is okay. Someone close to my family was recently diagnosed with cancer too and is about to start treatment. Hopefully all goes well!

    Your pink hair is AMAZING (it makes me miss mine!) and I seriously love these knitting group posts. I love seeing how one pattern can be altered and made in so many different ways. Really cool :)

  15. Sara / Mar 25 2015

    Welcome baaaaaaack! I’ve missed reading your blog posts! :)

    Your sweater is lovely and it goes perfectly with the pink hair!

  16. Evie / Mar 26 2015

    So glad to see you’re back! I was just wondering about you a few days ago. The color of that sweater with your pink hair is gorgeous! A cold house can be tough to get used to, but in my opinion it definitely beats the crazy heating bills. I keep our thermostat at 65 all winter (despite my husband’s protestations).

  17. paisleyapron / Mar 26 2015

    Welcome back. I really missed your posts and am glad you are well and survived the winter. Your hair is fabulous and congratulations on conquering the under-arm fit! Can’t wait to see how your front yard turned out and how the house is coming along.

  18. Lauren / Mar 26 2015

    Liz! I have missed you so much – and I LOVE your new pink hair! Big huge awesome news about your step-dad’s cancer-butt-kickin’ – yay! So happy to hear that you’ve still been making up a storm, even if you’ve been holding out on us in the meantime :)

    Anyway, love the new sweater! I need to really sit down and learn proper knitting modifications because I cannot even with how good that thing fits you. You are a master, and I bow at your feet :)

  19. Renée / Mar 26 2015

    Glad to see you back. I always love to see your vintage inspired knitting and sewing. Life happens and it makes sense that blogging goes on hold.
    Glad to hear your step dad is OK.
    Love your hair and I love how you altered that sweater. It turned out really great. I’ll have to try the same strategy as you for modifying the raglan shoulders as I often get excess in the armpits of raglan sweaters.

  20. Jenn / Mar 26 2015

    So glad to see you back posting! Can’t wait to see all of the projects you have to share :) And Paris! How fun!

  21. Siri / Mar 27 2015

    Hiya! Good to see you back! The sweater looks lovely, great modifications you made there. The fit is perfect! Can’t wait to see your makes over the winter :)

  22. Amy / Mar 27 2015

    Welcome back! And, i hear you on the sawzall. I’ve become proficient at using one as well. Ha! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been sewing, and I want to hear more about the house as well!

  23. bonita / Mar 30 2015

    Whoo-ho! Glad to see you’re back Liz, and goodness! Your hair is totally awesome sauce! I love that colour, it’s so fun and it looks great on you! :D The sweater you knit is fabulous too, that azure is so epic and I am in awe of your knitting skills once again. You really can adjust just about any pattern ever can’t you?! ?

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  24. Ginger / Mar 31 2015

    Love your hair, love your sweater, and so glad your stepdad is doing so well!!!

  25. Veronica Darling / Apr 2 2015

    Hi and WOW what a great return! I hope the rest of 2015 has some good positive vibes and it gets a little WARMER xoxo

  26. Elena Knits / Apr 15 2015

    Welcome back! Congratulations about your step-dad recovery. It’s awesome!

    I really love your version of this sweater. I wouldn’t have looked twice at the original design, but after seeing yours I do want to knit one for myself. You’ve also used a gorgeous color. And yay for surviving the cold winter!

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