It's FINISHED! It only took.... actually, I have no idea how long it took me to knit this sweater. I must have started it in November, because I had already run out of yarn (True Story. At this point, it's a flaw of my personality) in December.
Then I got more yarn. But, I had shifted my attention to other projects; I have the attention span of a gnat and am insanely impatient.
Then, I did finish knitting. However, if you recall, I had Josh Bennett brain and decided to work this entire project flat and in pieces, which meant I had a lot of seaming ahead of me; this is 4-ply knit on U.S. size 2 needles. That took some time.
Piece-work ended up being a great thing. When I ran out of yarn, Tara had to special order my supplemental supply, which meant a different dye lot. *GASP*
I'm no rookie at running out of yarn. I used an old fool's trick: fronts/sleeves (lot 1) back (lot 2). I'm too lazy to alternate skeins if I can avoid it. I think it worked.
It probably worked to well for me to learn my lesson.
I certainly don't notice any distinctive lines of demarcation.
It was a lot of work to seam this sweater. In a sick way, I enjoyed doing it. My seams aren't perfect, as evident by my misaligned decreases, but they look pretty frickin good, no?
My favorite element is the neckline; just a slight scoop.
Michael went to the fabric store and bought buttons for me. BY HIMSELF. Ladies & gents, I don't mean to brag, but he did a really good job. He matched the color by memory. He probably deserves more hand knits than he has currently...
My second favorite element is the length....and the fact that I can button it over my bum- no small feat.
It continues to be really, really cold here. Having a couple new sweaters to throw into rotation is nice. Speaking of nice, this yarn, Spud & Chloe Fine, is really nice; that touch of silk feels pretty fantastic against the skin.
I couldn't end this post without a picture of those seams. Sides. Sleeves. Raglan. I would do it again. For the record, the pattern is written in back and forth knitting with standard raglan decreasing and sleeves knit it the round. If you're thinking about giving it a go, there's no need to go all "Second Rite of Ascension".
Pattern: Oolong by Laura Chau
Yarn: 7 hanks Spud & Chloe Fine in Color #7822, Sidewalk.
Needles: U.S. size 2