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The Saga of My Celtic Cable Sweater-Part 2

Posted on | July 8, 2014 | Comments Off


I knit and knit and knit. After I started my third skein of yarn, I noticed that it was considerably darker than the first two. I kept going, thinking that I could live with it. But in the back of my mind, the color change was nibbling away. While I knit the sleeves, I decided to over dye the bottom of the sweater in the same sage green to make a darker color.  While it was wet, the colors did match. However, as the sweater dyed I could tell that the colors were closer but still the change was noticeable. I set it aside and knit the first sleeve and started the second.  The second sleeve was not the same gauge. I couldn’t understand why. I changed needle size to no avail. I also noticed that the sweater was about 6 inches too large. It wrapped around my body and the pattern includes a button band which would have made it 8 inches too big.  I was frustrated.  I set it aside in a bag. Still thinking…could I live with it, could I dye it again?

No I could not…I ripped it all out.  I also changed the color by overdyeing the sage green with a peacock blue.  I separated out the lighter and darker skeins and added differing amounts of dye in hopes of evening out the colors.  But it didn’t work as well as I thought it would.  So…

sleeves together

I decided to switch skeins throughout the knitting. And I decided to knit the sleeves 2-at-a-time on one needle.    The sleeves turned out well.  I will say that one should not knit 2 at a time with 2 skeins using the inside and the outside of the ball.  I ended up with some terrible snarls.  It works much better to make 4 balls which can be sorted out when the tangles get too bad.


Now on to the body of the sweater.  I am determined to finish this sweater by the first weekend of October for the Montpelier Fall Fiber Festival. I believe this is doable.  My friend Ellen’s advice for completing knitting projects is to do a little EVERY DAY! That is my intent. Some everyday.

sweater body

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