Friday, February 02, 2007

Finally Finished

My red sweater was last seen partially complete and blocking while I fretted about it not living up to my expectations. When it finshed blocking it was a little wonky but totally fixable. I went ahead and made one strap. Then I got severly distracted with knitting holiday gifts. After the holidays I was badly distracted by yarn I recieved as a holiday gift. Finally I got around to making the other strap. But due to my evidentally short attention span, I kept "forgetting" to attach it. Well, I finally did. Here's the finished product:

Overall, I am pleased with it. It didn't come out exactly like I had envisioned, but it is a garment I will wear. I feel encouraged to continue designing. But I am humbled by how much I have yet to learn. Especially about shaping. I knit this in the round. I did the waist shaping as paired increases and decreases at the sides. I think it might have been better to put more stitches between the increases and decreases thereby making the shaping more like darts. I also have lots to learn about drape and how to predict its impact on fit. Note to self: remember knitting is inherently stretchy!

The yarn I used, Lana Gatto Feeling, is wonderful! I definitely recommend it. My only quibble is that I can see the difference between the frogged yarn and the knit-only-once yarn. It's very mild, though. I'm probably the only one who can see because I know where to look.

This KAL has been lots of fun. I'm already developing plans for my next red sweater. I'm thinking simple V-neck in a brick red. Ya know, I think I've got just the yarn. Must go check the stash...

Until next time, happy knitting everyone!


New Jersey Laura said...

Your sweater is beatiful. I don't see a single wonky bit :). It fits you beautifully. Don't be so hard on yourself! You're just in time for Valentine's day.

Nan-a said...

Great job. I think the fit is awesome!

prairiegirl said...

I love it! I wish I had the figure to wear something like that! It looks great on you!