This weekend offered up a finished project - hooray! I have been enjoying my knitting of late. Mostly because I began this project a good while back, but abandoned it with only a small portion left to finish off, so when I picked it up again, it came together ridiculously swiftly.
It seems I love either end of the knitting process. The selecting of yarn and pattern keeps me happy and occupied for weeks. And the bit when it is all coming together and I can try on my garment. Not that the middle isn't enjoyable, but I find myself fretting. About following the instructions properly, not making a mistake that I cannot correct, the question of whether it is going to fit or not. All these thoughts intrude on the meditative stitching bit - there, I am a nervous knitter - I confess.
But I wanted to do this gorgeous yarn justice. It is Blue Sky Alpacas Melange "a confection of exquisite colour" to quote the label. I'm not sure if the photos capture it exactly, but it is a truly foxy orange and I love it for that and it's gorgeous alpaca softness.
The pattern I chose was this one:
A top down raglan, which means no seaming whatsoever and it is knitted with the yarn held double which seems to make it grow extra fast. I modified the pattern a bit, making the neckline narrower and leaving off the ribbed sleeves as I liked the way the rolled stockinette edge looked. I also lengthened the body as the ribbed section as written began halfway down my boob line. Not a fetching look. Though, to be honest, I may have lengthened it a little too much.
But it's all part of learning. A little bit of experience I will take with me to the next project. I've seen a very fetching Spud & Chloe pattern the Polly Pullover. What do you think?