I started this sweater just before our Christmas road trip to Michigan to visit Mike's parents. After working on it on and off throughout the holiday week, I finished it in mid January. Of course it's too big for Jordan to wear this year. Hopefully next winter it will fit. I think the sleeve increases are a bit too fast for Jordan. His arms are way skinny-minny. On his next sweater, I'll probably make the increases more gradual, and end up with a shallower upper arm.
The pattern was a Knitpicks exclusive, and I used Swish Superwash in the color "deep ocean." I machine washed and machine dried my swatch. It shrunk considerably in length, just like I had read in others' reviews. Also, it didn't really felt, but it did get that sort of pre-felted mushy look to it. So I decided to forgo machine drying in the future. I did machine wash (on delicate) the finished pieces and laid them out flat to dry before seaming it together. I think they did still shrink a bit, but not as badly.
Here's the sweater in it's entirety, and a shot of the sleeve showing the cable coming down the arm. The pattern called for all the cables to cross the same way. Of course I had to mirror them instead.
I used a tubular cast-on on the body and sleeves, and bound off the neck with a sewn tubular bind off. I've been using both these techniques on socks for a while now and I really like how they look on K1P1 ribbing. It's almost as though there is no cast-on or bind-off at all. The ribbing just looks like it magically begun and/or ended.
On the needles at the moment:
- Purple trekking socks in feather and fan. I often knit two socks at once, each on their own set of DPNs. I like being able to go back and forth (both toes, both feet, both heels, etc.) so that I don't have to make as many notes to ensure they match. I've tried both 2 circs and magic loop, and neither is as comfie in my hands as plain old DPNs going round and round. Anyway, the purple trekkers are both almost done. Each needs a few more repeats of the 4-row feather and fan pattern. I'll post photos soon (probably tomorrow).
- Blue trekking socks in stockinette (toe-up). Both feet are ready for heels. I started these on crystal palace bamboo 0's, but they're a bit too bendy for my taste. So I finished them both up to the same point, and will transfer them onto my new Knitpicks O's once the purple ones are done.
- Black alpaca seed stitch scarf in Misti Alpaca worsted weight. OK, the label says worsted. But I'd call this yarn DK at best, maybe even a bit lighter. We'll see what happens when I wash it.