So I’m finally back to blogland (after an unintentional and uncharacteristic nearly-week-long hiatus), and with an actual FO. The Fabulous Lace Inset Cardigan, from sweaterbabe.com.
The details (I usually forget to do this part):
Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Bulky, in Spice, 5 skeins, plus some from a 6th for seaming
Needles: KnitPicks Options, size 13
The Pattern: click link above
Cast On: August 27th-ish
Cast Off: September 21st
Finished: the &*^$% seaming took forever! Part of that was procrastination (I put the sweater aside for awhile before I even tried to seam). Part of it was that I suck at seaming. And part of it is that the pattern instructions leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the seaming.
The Verdict: A fun knit, a so-so FO.
As usual, I’m ambivalent about my finished product. Turns out, it’s not at all too tight. It is fitted, and it fits great. But it is cropped. Intentionally. Even after blocking it twice – first to the specifications of the pattern, and then a bit more to try to add some lengt -, it still shows my midriff (of course there is a shirt there). People, if there is one part of my body I do not need to be calling attention to, it is my midriff. And that’s what a cropped thing is all about, isn’t it? Calling attention to the belly. And trust me, a post-twin belly does not need the attention. Not to mention, that if I am chilly enough to need a cardigan, I’m pretty sure I’d want my belly and lower back warm too!
The pattern says it is a little cropped. I knew I was a little long-waisted, but apparently I am more so than I thought. (Or maybe I should recheck my blocking measurements? It wouldn’t be the first time I had mismeasured. Twice.)
So I’m giving serious thought to adding some length, somehow. I’m pretty sure I have enough yarn. Would it work for me just to pick up some stitches along the cast on edge, and then knit down from there? One possibility would be to do a garter stitch border (like the button band). Another option is to do an entire pattern repeat of the lace inset (sticking with stockinette for the back), which I would of course have to do in reverse since this would be upside down. Thoughts?
Okay, okay, enough verbiage. Without further ado, here are some pictures. First, a couple of things I really love about the sweater.
the lace bell sleeves
See the white t-shirt hanging out?
I know this is a popular look for some people.
I am not one of those people.
But aren’t those sleeves just yummy?
But still, the color is fabulous.
I think I could be very happy with this super-warm, super-snuggly sweater.
If it had about four more inches.
And stay tuned for a pic of my very first homespun yarn. No, not spun by me! I do not spin, and I doubt I ever will. But Julie does and she does a gorgeous job. I donated to her wheel fund and got a skein of thank-you yarn for my little contribution. And her wheel is on its way! Her innovative Wheel Fund project, and the way people have participated, and the beautiful yarn she has spun to say thank you, reminds me again of how much I love blogland! Mwah to all of you!