Friday, July 12, 2013

You Get What You Pay For!

Welcome Back!!  I know it has been several months since my last post.  I was busy doing the job that pays my bills - teaching.  So now that I am off for summer vacation, I have been spending my time knitting and completing projects that I started over the year.

One such project is the Central Park Hoodie.  I started this project back in February when Susan at yarnability decided to make it part of the Winter Sweater Knit-Along.  This had been a pattern I have had my eye on since 2006 when it made its Knitty debut.

I had to decide what yarn to use.  This is always a difficult decision and truly brings my commitment issues to the forefront.  I mean really - this isn't a $20 scarf I will be knitting.  This is a sweater for crying out loud.  It will have to fit ME!!!  I will spend HOURS upon HOURS knitting this piece.  It will become my best friend for several months. (Sorry Bestie!!)

So as everyone was choosing their yarns, I was gently pushed swayed by my knitting peers (Bonnie, Kathryn, Susan) to use a Mountain Meadow 100% wool yarn called Laramie.  Now I start the process of doing the math involved - number of yards in each skein, number of skeins needed for the sweater to fit me, and, of course, the cost involved.

Now yarn is like everything else - you get what you pay for.  Ultimiately I decided to use the more expense Laramie.  And boy am I glad I did.

As you can see, my Central Park Hoodie came out beautifully.  I made a couple modifications.  I created a pocket for the zipper to sit in, decided to use said zipper, added pockets in the front and decided to continue the cable work up the back of the hood.
This is my second completed sweater.  And I am happy to report that it fits.  I am really looking forward to wearing it EVERY SINGLE DAY this winter!!  OK maybe not every day but I will be wearing it frequently. I already have plans to use the pattern to create at least one Central Park Vest.
I found this Central Park Effect sign in the back hallway at yarnability. 
And yes I will be getting what I pay for with the vest as well.  Looking forward to using Pediboo Worsted Weight yarn for my vest. Now back to knitting on my Camp Loopy project - Clapotis.


  1. Great job! It looks fantastic and I know that you will wear it every chance you get. What a special feeling, knowing that you made it yourself.

  2. Fabulous. Looks great on you. You are a beautiful knitter and you have great hair.

  3. Lucy-it looks GREAT!! You should be very proud of yourself :o) -Ethel