I've reached the point in my school semester where I've gotten really tired of going to school, and really just want it to be over. I had five essays to write for my Physical Anthropology class last weekend (it's a really interesting class, btw), two tests to study for, a speech to write, and all this while starting a new job (which is always stressful). Sigh. Anyway, somehow through the madness of the last month I have managed to get some knitting done. I finished Thermal, which was a great knit, even though it felt like it took five hundred years. Much of this was due to stupidity, probably induced by distraction by other aspects of my life. For example, I was about halfway through my second sleeve when I realized that I had somehow cast on four stitches less than for the first sleeve, which created a good half-inch of difference. Of course, I HAD to tear it back - it would have driven me crazy. And for some reason, I decided not to do the edges on the sleeve caps in plain knit, preferring to work them in pattern instead. I afterwards realized just how much nicer they would have looked if I had followed directions, but of course not until after I had sewn both the sleeves in. It was that kind of a sweater for me. But I love the finished product! Pattern: Thermal from Knitty.com by Laura Chau
Yarn: Knitpicks Gloss in Cocoa, six hanks (One hank less than the pattern specified!)
Needles: Size 2 (2.75mm)
After this sweater, I really just wanted something easy to focus on. I had bought some merino to knit the Puffed-Sleeve Feminine Cardigan from Fitted Knits, and afterwards found the perfect buttons for it - little yellow flower-shaped buttons. I've been wanting to knit it ever since, and knew this would be the perfect project right now. It was a breeze to knit - top-down sweaters are so awesome to make! I increased a lot less in the yoke, which led to a more fitted sweater than the one most people have made. I decided not to do the puff-sleeves, since I felt they would look out of place with the more fitted sweater I made, and also didn't do the lace peplum, since most of the versions that have inspired me most on Ravelry haven't had the lace peplum (and it was easier with my changed numbers).
I used GGH Samson on size 6 needles, which is a worsted-weight superwash merino that is absolutely HEAVENLY! Luckily, I have more of this yarn just waiting to be made into something scrumptious. I love the color of this one - I feel so happy when I wear it.
Now I'm working on Cherry from My Fashionable Life in a gorgeous red-violet mercerized cotton. I can't wait to post pictures of it - I've already got one of the sleeves done. I think it's going to be a really enjoyable knit. Anyway, I guess I should finish writing this book report I've been putting off for the last three weeks. Cheers!