Wednesday, April 09, 2008

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    When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen in her face.
    -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    . . . Betcha didn't know that there were two! This is a little secret only known to me and the ladies in my knitting group who saw me working on it. No tempting mentions on the blog of a "secret" project or tantalizing photos of heathered twisted stitches. Nope, not when the recipient has this blog as his first bookmarked page. I originally thought that the Dale was going to take me pretty much until next Christmas, so I thought I'd whip up a simpler sweater for the interim, like for a certain birthday coming in June. Turns out that I knit faster than I thought. Turns out I married a man who wants nothing to do with a plain stockinette sweater. As he put it - "If you're going to go to all that trouble to make it, why should it look like something you can buy?"

    River Forest Gansey
    Pattern: from Handknit Holidays
    Yarn: Cascade 220 in Lichen Heather - about 8.5 skeins
    Needles: US 7 for the body, US 5 for the edging
    Notes: I measured against a sweater he had here, which worked pretty well. The sleeves are maybe a little long, but nothing dramatic. This was a fun, easy pattern. Love the all-over texture.
    Best Thing About This Sweater: The utter surprise.

    And now, the masterpiece that has really occupied my entire winter (one can easily imagine worse things, can't one?) . . .

    Salt Lake City
    Pattern: Dale of Norway Olympic Sweater for Salt Lake City (tragically out-of-print)
    Yarn: Dale Heilo, almost all of 17 balls of the MC, 3 of the natural, and 2 each of the red and green
    Needles: US 2, 3, 4
    Notes: This may be the most knitting fun I've ever had.
    Best Thing About This Project: "I never imagined I'd have a wife who could make this."'

    That was so fun, I feel compelled to knit another. This time is mine. Park City in the natural colorway with a slightly brighter blue accent.

    Well, the sweaters are packed to show off to the folks. We have a wedding to catch. See you next week.

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    30 Comments:

    Blogger sloth-knits said...

    Wow, those both look amazing!

    4/09/2008 9:36 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    Oh my gosh, they are both fantastic! The fit is phenomenal and he looks so happy in them. Enjoy the wedding, and we will be thinking of you both!

    4/09/2008 9:37 AM  
    Blogger Liz K. said...

    You quite possibly have married the perfect knitter's spouse, based on the comments on those sweaters. How does he feel about your stash?

    Really, Theresa, amazing, amazing work. The Dale just blew me away.

    4/09/2008 9:42 AM  
    Anonymous PumpkinMama said...

    Those are both so fabulous! Excellent work and how sweet that hubby is so appreciative.

    4/09/2008 9:43 AM  
    Blogger Jessica said...

    Wonderful! It's so nice to see them modeled after seeing the bits at pieces at knitting group.

    4/09/2008 9:47 AM  
    Anonymous kathy in juneau said...

    ... and in your spare time you're what, a doctor??

    Amazing. Beautiful sweaters. Sweet photos.

    4/09/2008 9:54 AM  
    Anonymous lynda said...

    He looks utterly smitten, with both you and the sweaters!

    4/09/2008 10:18 AM  
    Blogger Margene said...

    Fabulous! Look at HIS face to see how lucky he is to have found you!

    4/09/2008 10:43 AM  
    Blogger Kat said...

    Gorgeous sweaters and a very lucky hubby (he's kinda cute too ;-) ). Lucky you for having a recipient so appreciative of your work.

    4/09/2008 10:50 AM  
    OpenID NeedleDancer said...

    Wow!
    I mean WOW!
    two! The one was amazing, but TWO!!!
    How long did it take him to stand up again?
    They're marvelous.
    And now I'm depressed, why is it out of print :-(. You wouldn't want to lend the pattern to me would you?

    4/09/2008 11:03 AM  
    Anonymous marisa said...

    Fabulous job! Two sweaters that look absolutely great.

    4/09/2008 11:50 AM  
    Blogger Nonnahs said...

    Woohoo, that is one lucky man! Both sweaters are fantastic!

    4/09/2008 12:05 PM  
    Blogger Kim said...

    What a fashion plate! Guess I should get going on my DH's sweater...in progress for almost a decade....

    4/09/2008 12:32 PM  
    Blogger Kristen said...

    Well you sneaky little knitter, you - not one, but two fantastic sweaters!

    4/09/2008 12:56 PM  
    Blogger bySarah said...

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
    Both of them.

    WOW.

    4/09/2008 1:11 PM  
    Blogger Disentangled said...

    both are simply wonderful! and he looks about as thrilled (and proud) as you could get! but, please, please, please bring the dale to knitting sometime. i'd love to see it in person! :D

    4/09/2008 1:22 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Wow! Beautiful knits (and it certainly doesn't hurt to have a cutie husband to show them off!). I need to get my butt in gear before my hubbo feels neglected!

    4/09/2008 2:53 PM  
    Blogger Yarnhog said...

    The sweaters are both absolutely wonderful, but a husband who appreciates hand knits is priceless!

    4/09/2008 3:29 PM  
    Blogger Ren said...

    those sweaters are totally fabulous! great surprise, too! : )

    4/09/2008 5:40 PM  
    Blogger Mia said...

    WOW. Both are so great. I love the green one, and recall thinking it looked goofy in the book, but you've done a great job with it! And the Dale sweater is amazing. So nice that your hubbo loves handknits.

    4/09/2008 6:54 PM  
    Blogger WandaWoman said...

    Both sweaters are gorgeous. You sure did sneak that in, two sweaters. I'm glad the hubster is back in town. Enjoy your trip!

    4/09/2008 8:53 PM  
    Blogger Dorothy said...

    You can see the happiness in his face! And you can hear the happiness in your voice as you post. I am so excited for the both of you. Can't wait to see wedding pictures! And the sweaters are marvelous!

    4/10/2008 6:27 AM  
    Blogger Wool Winder said...

    Both are fabulous, but I'm blown away by SLC!

    4/10/2008 6:33 AM  
    Blogger Nikki said...

    GORGEOUS sweaters! What a lucky fellow he is! :)

    Enjoy the wedding!

    4/10/2008 11:58 AM  
    Anonymous Lynne said...

    Absolute perfection! And your man looks happy with them, which is a good thing. Very nicely done.

    4/10/2008 1:06 PM  
    Blogger Nanette said...

    Wow - that green you chose is perfect with his coloring. Both are beautiful sweaters! I hope he knows how lucky he is!

    P.S. I also think the Dale SLC was my most fun knitting project.

    4/10/2008 1:23 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It is amazing! HE is amazing!! YOU are amazing!!! EVERYTHING is amazing!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    4/10/2008 8:54 PM  
    Blogger Wendy said...

    WOW!

    4/11/2008 7:15 AM  
    Blogger Amy O'Neill Houck said...

    Wow-I love them both--the "suprise" sweater is so absolutely flattering on him too--congratulations on making it without the model handy! I don't know if I would have been able to keep it to myself. :-)

    4/13/2008 1:17 PM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    "If you're going to go to all that trouble to make it, why should it look like something you can buy?"

    Can we ALL marry him, please???

    Awesome sweaters.

    4/15/2008 7:40 AM  

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