17 January 2008

I hate to be coy...

...and cut my face off, because that's one of the blogging tropes I most dislike. You know, I'll tell you strangers everything about my intimate life, but I'll call my husband by his first initial and I'll cut my face off, preserving... what? I don't even know. It's like not hearing the concluding notes of a long symphony. You strain to get there, to get to the wrap-up. I don't want to see your neck without seeing your face. It's just... wrong.

However, I am starting to appreciate how difficult it is to take a photograph of yourself if you can't figure out how the self-timer works. I cut my head off accidentally, not on purpose. So I'm deliberately sparing you, in fact, only my wattles.

Now then. The sweater! First FO of 2008, and a fine, fine pattern from Knitknit, designed by Joelle Hoverson. Didn't bust any stash because I ordered it specially for this project.

The facts:

Started: mid-December 2007
Finished: 17 January 2008
Pattern: Joelle's Favorite Yoke Sweater
Designer: Joelle Hoverson
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight in Brick (3 skeins)
Needles: US2 circular

This was a very easy and pleasurable knit. As predicted, the ribbed waist does not create the illusion of slenderness there, but I don't really mind. It's comfy. The only thing I am not crazy about are the light shades around the yoke. When the yarn arrived, I could see that one of the skeins had a very light pink clump in the middle of the red. I was a little surprised that they'd sent it as part of a larger order - it would be one thing if you had a single skein with some variation, but if you have three skeins, and only one has variation, it's gonna be weird. I would say a good rule might be: if you've got a chunk of yarn that represents less than 15% of the whole, and it's more than 50% different than the other 85%, look for a skein that matches a little better, eh? But as Stacie and I independently decided, the weird part would best be used up top, and I really don't think it could have come out any better than to have a little lightening around the yoke.

Now, for SocKAL 2008! I will attempt to catch up with Stacie on Marie Antoinette, or as I am thinking of them, Jane Seymour.


simone said...

Max---SO beautiful! What a good start for 2008!!!! Can't wait to see it in person.

NJStacie said...

Max, absolutely STUNNING! I think the lighter portion is fine. What a great quick knit! It looks great!

Becky said...

Max, that is FANtastic!! It looks so terrific on you, too. The lighter portion does look fine, though I share your general uncomfyness with it being so arbitrarily different. Hmph! Also, can I just say: amazing that AN ENTIRE SWEATER is your first 2008 FO. You GO, girl!

Sandra Martins Matos said...

This sweater is really beautiful!
Congratulations on your good work!