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The Quiet Knit

Looking back, I realize this sweater has been on my needles and I haven't mentioned it once on the blog. It was only a swatch the last (and first) time you saw or heard about this project.  The problem is I update on RavelryRav_linkredyarnball as I go along and forget to share the pictures and problems here. Friday I had intended to share my complaints on this sweater, not realizing it could actually be finished this weekend. Gisela was one of the most unique and interesting projects I've ever knit and it was 100% because of the Habu yarn.


Knitting a wiry, hard to handle string was not exactly enjoyable and patience was required with every stitch. Errors were easy to make if I wasn't carefully and each stitch had to be deliberately formed, which made the project drag.  Knitting with this yarn wasn't an fun process and every little anomaly in my knitting shows in the fabric.  Blocking helps but only to a degree.

To keep the project simple, and finishing to a minimum, I opted to knit the body in one piece, with no shaping. Once the body was completed the rest of the knitting went quite quickly and the yarn became easier to handle as my experience with it grew. Sewing together was a challenge as the fabric (and yarn) has no give. It was difficult to manipulate the sleeve into the armscye, but the rest of the finishing went smoothly.
In the end, I am more relieved this knit is finished than I am happy with the end product. I am decidedly a wool grrl and I plan on sticking to wooly yarns from now on. Gisela does, however look good with almost anything. I've worn her with jeans as well as slacks and my work mates thought she was uniquely interesting. They made more comments than usual and noticed Gisela as something new without my prompting.

Pattern: Gisela
Yarn: Habu Gima A-174 
Needle: Addi Lace Size 8
Time to Knit: June 20 to July 18, 2009
Sweater Number Eight for NaKniSweMoDoRav_linkredyarnball


It's so cute and I love it! I thought that the sweater would turn out well, but also that it would not be the most enjoyable to knit. I know what you mean about wool over cotton.


It's AWESOME, and I bet the pain of the process will be forgotten when you get to wear it with anything and everything. God, that would look elegant over a little black dress!

I had the same thought as Norma about the black dress - you could even make a black tank look really special with that sweater. I salute your patience, though - I don't think I could have stuck it out!

As I told you on ravelry.........I think it looks fabulous on you! Kudos to you for sticking it out and finishing was worth it. :)

Yes, it will be an interesting fashion sweater rather than a warm thing. The variation in stitches (inevitable) is part of its Japanese character. I find the same thing with my version of the kushu kushu is what it is. Zen, y'know? :)

It's a very modern, spare look. This may not have been fun to knit, but I bet you find reasons to wear it now that you have it. Nice color too!

Another awesome piece ..and how are your fingers? It's most dazzling on you!!

That is a realy great piece but I have to admit, I don' think I can make myself do it.Also too much of a wool lover- and much less patience with my stitches than you have. Would it work in something mohair instead? or not wiry enough?
ps how do you get those ravelry yarn ball icons to appear?

Norma is so right. It would look tres chic over a little black dress. It was a knit where the process was interesting and probably a good learning experience. Very nice, quite unique, and it looks terrific on you!!

It's fabulous.

It looks super on you, great styled up or down.

I think it looks fantastic, but I definitely get you about the yarn.

It's a lovely sweater, and we all are thankful for your frank discussion about its pitfalls. Otherwise, you would tempt us all to jump right in and knit that one.

I wouldn't call them stitch anomalies - more like "rustic character". It reminds me a lot of the Elizabeth KSH cardi I knit - people seem to really find it noteworthy. Yours looks great on you and how perfect for summer wear!!

I think it's quite flattering and I'd also like to see it worn with black underneath. Understated elegance!

looks good! definitely black or deep blue underneath. i'm liking these drapier, sheerer patterns, and i bet this one could be made in an easier to embrace yarn next time.

It's fabulous, and you are a brave woman for knitting it in the first place. Wool is so much nicer.

It's cool that you tried something new. The design is very simple and elegant -- perfect for dressing up or down. I love it!!

It is flattering on you! I have to agree on it looking good with black underneath too. Great job sticking with it.

That is awesome - love it!

It looks very nice - unique but still quite wearable. Congratulations for stepping out of your comfort zone with that one, it was a successful trip. :-)

Well, I LIKE it....a lot! I think you'll wear it more than you expect, and it does look smashing on you!

Your sweater turned out great. It's neat to see how the Habu knits up. :)

It's lovely on you!

Cute sweater very different!

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