Friday, July 30, 2010

It's done!

Sometime I start a project and think that it might never get finished. This was one of those projects. I thought it was just too ambitious for me. (Usually I just end up stopping a project at some point, frogging what's knit and re-using the yarn for something else.)

But here it is, my magnum opus of knitting:
The photos a bit washed out, black does that to me. I'm hoping to get a photo of me wearing it, but that will have to wait.

It was a challenging knit, but I'm very pleased with the end result. It fits me very well and there are no glaring errors. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of errors, you just have to know where to look for them.

I purchased a pattern for this, something I rarely do, but I really liked it. Had I known that the pattern was a bit "dicey", I probably wouldn't have, but live and learn I guess. The sleeve shaping was more of a "hint of a pattern" instead of actual directions, so you really had to be willing to let things be wrong/off in the lace pattern.

Pattern: Myrtle
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll sock
Needles: Knit Picks options in 4's and 5's. (I learned after knitting the bottom hem and the sleeve hems that my gauge in garter is looser than in stockinette. To make the neckband and button bands look better, I used size 4's for them.)

Whew - it's done and I love it!


CathyR said...

Barb it is beautiful. I bet it looks great on you. Great job.

Don't you kind of like the challenging knits after you finish them? It makes you feel good to have worked through it and finished it.

Julie said...

Wow! That is beautiful! Definitely show us a picture of it on.

Dawn Mercedes said...

Looks super!! I've been thinkig about you. Hope your holiday season is delightful!!

Great fishie hat, btw!

Joan J said...

Bravo! Bravo! Giving you a standing ovation for your Opus. I don't knit often, but enough to know how much work this is. I'm sure you''ll be so proud when you wear it and someone says, "That's a beautiful sweater, where did you get it?" and you can beam and answer with pride. Nice job!