I knit this sweater a long time ago. I bought the yarn at Halcyon in Bath, Maine on a trip with a friend. Souvenir yarn. I love the yarn....Noro Kochoran, a perfect blend of wool, silk, and angora. The silk gives the beautiful colors, the angora such a fluffy, soft feel, the wool the extra warmth. Why in the world did I choose to make this sweater? It's heavy and WARM (actually HOT) and I simply don't live in a climate that warrants that kind of sweater. Besides, which, I looked like a cross between the Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy wearing it. #1 Daughter had it for awhile, but returned it for all the above reasons. This is great yarn. Expensive yarn. And the sweater took a bunch ofit. It would make a wonderful cowl or hat or mittens or scarf. Only one thing to do.....rip it.
Most of my friends already know that I have absolutely no problem ripping things apart. So, for me, this is really no big deal. You deconstruct exactly the way you constructed.
Neckband off...took less than 4 minutes. (I decided to time this, so you would see how really easy it is....). Sleeve came off next. So far so good. And then....
As I'm really struggling to get hold of a good end to pull, it dawned on me that this was constructed as many Noro garments are....using multiple balls of yarn across to eliminate pooling. How could I have forgotten?? I did remember I used (rather creatively) nearly every inch of yarn to finish this (a fact that happens so rarely, it was memorable!), but the multiple balls.....totally forgot about that. Trouble.
What a mess.
That only got slightly better as I neared the cuff.
One sleeve...2 hours and 24 minutes (remember, I was timing this!). NOT FUN.