Yep, done! and it turned out beautifully. the colorblocks and subtle colorwork. the shaping – those pleats just below the high bust might not work for everyone but they do for me! and the yarn … it’s next-to-skin soft.
Sadly, though, this knitter made a big mistake and put it into the dryer. and felted it. I have zero excuses and cannot even put myself back in that Friday afternoon place when I thought it might be a good idea to put very wet merino wool into the dryer. even on a low setting. even for “just” 30 minutes. but I did!
Happily, I have a petite friend who recently moved to Santa Fe … and is looking forward to some sweater mail next week.
I really do love the design – especially now that I can see it finished (subtle colorwork is sometimes hard to appreciate pre-blocking, you know? and those pleats …) – and think it would be a great addition to my wardrobe. So I’m making plans to knit it again for next year. and I’m going to be sure the second attempt fits ME!
First – the felted sweater was small, but not that small – maybe I should’ve knit a smaller size? I took some measurements against a sweater that fits great (of course I don’t have any with those pleats, so it’s kind of a guess):The big difference is the depth of the armhole … and a little bit the upper bust. With the pleats, the body of the sweater fits, but I think the idea is that it should be a bit more A-line. I’m not sure what I think about the length … the sleeves are gonna be fine, but I’m wondering if I’d want a slightly longer body to balance out that swingier fit? what do you think?
Second – I’m knitting a big swatch with the leftovers. This is Joji’s 3-Color Cashmere Cowl, modified to work with the yarn I had left. It’s the same gauge as the sweater, so I think it’ll be a perfect test. It’s also the perfect palate cleanser!
I’m past the halfway point on this cowl now, and thinking about another sweater. thinking anyway…
and y’all, thinking about knitting and messing up knitting and yarn is the best thing I have to think about right now. I can’t even get my head around another shooting. I am, however, grateful that my US Representative is Lucy McBath. She lost her son to gun violence and that’s what prompted her to get into politics and run for Congress. That’s not the only reason I voted for her, but it’s a big one. and I’m proud of what she’s done and what she’s doing. It’s got to stop. and now is the time. may it be so.