Monday, 13 January 2014

Weekend FO

Cheshire Cat Jumper


New Year's Resolution: Get a new pose.

Pattern: Pink by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Knitpicks Elegance, about 4 balls. Alpaca Select DK, 2 and a half balls. 
Needle: 5mm, 4.5mm for the neck ribbing
Mods: I knitted it longer, of course. The cuffs and bottom ribbing I did 2x2....srsly hate 1x1 ribbing and I didn't want it to cling. It's alpaca so I think it would look wrong if it was clingy.

I actually finished this last weekend (the whole lot was done and blocking within two weeks! Go me!) but I have been waiting all week to get pictures of me wearing it in daylight. Hasn't happened yet, so I thought I'd better post it! Usualy comment about the colours being a bit brighter IRL. When I tried it on, Mr Z commented that I got bored knitting the sleeves because they were a lot shorter than I had intended to knit them, but I was worried they were grow - and they did, significantly, so they are just on the long side of the perfect length now. On reflection it would have been difficult to add long cuffs with thumb holes and get them in the right place, and I think it ould have made the piece less wearable.

The neck ribbing unfortunately distorted the stripes when I first finished it so I had to do some fiddly fake knitting with a darning needle to try and fix it, and then it blocked out better. It's still a little wobbly but then, I can't see it when I'm wearing it and I don't know if anybody would be staring at my chest hard enough to notice. Oh, and I've just realised that if they do, I can embarrass them by pointing out they must have been staring at my chest to notice. Win.

It's ever so slightly itchy, which surprises me; it's quite a loose gauge though so it's unlikely I'll wear it next to my skin anyway.

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