February Lady Sweater
I finished my February Lady Sweater about a week to a week and a half ago. Then I threw it in my trunk to show the girls at Haus of Yarn in Nashville. I purchased the yarn there and was very proud…so proud that I made the poor girls look at it! Anyway, the actual knitting of it took about two months from cast on. During that time, I knit the yoke once, ripped it out and reknit it because it was too small; tried three different cuffs on one sleeve;ran out of yarn; finished both sleeves only to find they did not match; and then finally reknit them. It took two stores, four different sets of buttons and the opinions of all near and dear to me…well some strangers too. Now I have soaked it in wool wash and blocked it.
This is the very first thing that I have knit for myself AND actually kept. I have knit several items with the idea of keeping them only to find someone I love that I feel cannot go without said item. I knit for people I love, babies and charity. Mostly, I knit for those I love because it seems like a tangible expression of my love.
Ok, I’m rambling. The sweater was a joy to knit. I used three skeins and a tiny bit more of Malabrigo in the Stonechat colorway and 1.5 of the brown (I don’t remember the name). The buttons are a shell material and the color matches the brown of the yoke so they disappear. I do plan on taking a modeled shot once the thing dries. I’m posting a couple of photos just to show what it looks like so far because I am so excited. I am also posting a picture of the bath tub after I soaked the sweater. All I have to say is ….gross. This sweater took many rips to the playground and to the backyard. I also found both cats sleeping on it at different times……so it was DIRTY. I expected a little dirt, but that is just yuck.