In Which the Pirate Comes to a Realization.
Once upon a time, I had two wool sweaters – one in solid blue, and one in an all-over colourwork pattern. In the style of their time, they were rather boxy and unfitted, but they were warm and wool, and I wore them to do things like shovel the driveway or go ice skating. One sweater was lost to the washing machine (“But I washed it on the gentle cycle!” he said. “It hasn’t shrunk that much, maybe you could– oh.”) and the other has worn thin.
I went looking in the stores and online for new wool sweaters, and quickly found that the only place to get an affordable, 100% wool sweater is… in the men’s department, and those wouldn’t be too flattering on me. Sweaters that are sold in lady-shapes are cotton or cotton-blend or altogether synthetic, or they’re expensive and cashmere. They’re not meant for shoveling snow or ice skating at all.
Since I can’t buy what I want in a store, I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to get new wool sweaters I’m going to have to knit them myself. I’m not sure if I really want to knit a sweater, and I’m also not sure if that’s my perfectionism talking (Ack, a fitted garment? That’s an awful lot of time and yarn for something I might get wrong…) or my lack of desire to take on another larger, non-portable project while I’ve got that lace stole on the needles.
Boy, do I know how you feel! Why don’t they make wool sweaters for women just like the ones in the men’s dept. but with a femininie fit?
Now you have my fingers itching to start a sweater anyway, despite my fear of a poor fit, and desptie that I haven’t touched my sock in many weeks.
This sounds just like last year’s vest issue. I sense a pattern (no pun intended).
Have you considered knitting an Elizabeth Zimmermann sweater? She has you take the measurements off a sweater you like to knit a new sweater. Her books are wonderful but don’t have real patterns. You will truly learn how to knit a sweater that fits you. They aren’t particularly fitted though. Good luck. If you need any help just ask:)
I like Elizabeth Zimmermann as well, and am wearing a homemade wool sweater at the moment. It is warm and snuggly. If you check out another couple of books you should be able to figure out shaping issues and get the look you want.