Rod's Jumper continued

Well after the last post I put up about this one - Chris described it as looking like a biology experiment - thanks Chris!

This baby is takeing forever! I hope to get started on the sleeves next week.

Luckily we are having a very warm Autumn here so it won't be needed for a while.

To prove it is a hot autumn, here is a photo to introduce you to the object of my desire - my hubby (he's 6'5" that is why it is taking me so long to knit this bloody jumper) - he was cooking me dinner when I took this shot

Took the pic down - the boy got shy ;)

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bobshome's picture

I can't wait to read these comments. lol

vsidart's picture

I was thinking the same thing...

Bill's picture

how about pics of Rod in he sweater in it's various stages of completion?

dannvictoria's picture

Lucky man

TheKnittingMill's picture

The sweater is looking really great Paul! I like the color. What yarn are you using? I like my sweaters made from a DK weight and I'm a little over 186 cm tall with a long torso and a 120 cm chest, so it always seems to take forever! I'm sure your honey is very appreciative! Can't wait to see the finished jumper!


PaulJMC's picture

Thanks Millard

The colour is amazing - it is a Merino 4ply (fingering weight (?) 28 stiches on a 3.25)

It is a Morris & Sons wool Empire and the colour is Beluga - a really warm dark grey (in some lights it almost looks chocolate)

Morris and Sons is the LYS in Sydney.

Hopefully I'll finish it soon.


In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

ronhuber's picture

The sweater looks great and IMHO the finer wool produces a better fitting and more comfortable sweater. It is beautiful.

rainbowfarmer's picture

LOve the sweater Paul - and the hubby ain't bad either!! How about getting him to model your KAL boxers as well as the jumper for us all when you get them done ;-)
Up here in Scotland we are haviong a really cold spring - there is still frost and temperatures below zero. Lucky you to have ll the good weather.

On a different tack - what yarns do you guys all find the easiste to knit with in hiot weather ? I find my hands get sweaty and wool sticks to my needles in the summer - so I mostly knit in the winter. I'm hoping to change that this year - any tips ??

TheKnittingMill's picture

Well, Kenny and I live in close vicinity (Houston and New Orleans) and both have to deal with high heat and high humidity. Luckily I have central air conditioning to keep it cool and dry out the internal air a bit. Speaking for myself, I usually knit my sweaters in fingering, sport or DK weight because I prefer the look and even our winters are very mild because of the gulf stream. When I knit a worsted or bulky wool I only do so in the winter. I use a lot of linen/cotton blends either without wool or a small amount of wool in the mix in the spring or summer, so that helps. Lace is more tolerable too. I keep an athletic sock filled with baby powder in a ziplock bag thrown in my knitting bag. If my hands get a bit sweaty, I just bounce around the talc in my palms for a bit and it usually does the trick to absorb the excess moisture. When you pour the talc into the sock (about half a cup) just twist the end, turn it inside out and repeat until you run out of sock. You don't have to use a closure and it's easy to refill (even though I've had mine for a while and haven't had to refill it as of yet). It does get a little dusty when we are tossing it around my knitting group!


I live in southern Spain and get humidity as well as heat. I only knit natural fibres and I find that as long as I am in the shade I don't have too many problems. Mill's idea of talc sounds good, and I will be trying this one shortly now that this extra long winter seems to be on the wane.

PaulJMC's picture

Ha! Modelling the boxers - that could be fun!

I am a big fan of natural fibre, I have always used Merino, although my next project in the queue is in cotton. Work is pretty full on for me so I tend to be a late night knitter. Not too bad late at night. we don't have air con but live on the harbour so always get the sea breeze.


In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

Kenny's picture


I've noticed that all your projects are on straight needles and on really tiny needles. Is that how they do it down under?


PaulJMC's picture

Hi Kenny

I suppose becuase of our climate I stick to finer wool - chunky is just too hot to wear (Unless we head South to canerra or Melbourne) Bit ike Millard DK is as heavy as i woudl really go.

Most of this jumper is in the round - it is only when I split the front from the back that I kept the stiches on hold on the circulars and started working on the flat. I was a bit paranoid about the shift in tension but it is working out fine.



In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

mrossnyc's picture

Great pics, the sweater looks like it's coming along nicely. Small needles create nice stitches, but it can get tedious. But, it's worth it in the end.

Kerry's picture

The sweater is looking really good Paul. I've been to Katoomba for a couple of days so missed the deleted photo. I like your new avatar.