I'm usually pretty pleased with most of the things I make. I know that comes across a little boastful. I don't mean it that way. I'm equally impressed by the things other people make. Whether it's a sewing project, a knitting project, or some other medium, I think it's really awesome that somebody took the time to make something when it would save time, effort, and frustration to find one at a store.
Even with the enormous satisfaction I get from completing projects, there are some that really make me step back and smile. This sweater is one of those projects. I love everything about it.
The pattern is Lemongrass by Joji Locatelli. I'm crushing hard on Joji's patterns lately. In fact, I knit three of them in a row (Neon, Looking Back) and am having a hard time talking myself out of a fourth and a fifth. Aside from the obvious reason- theses are some good looking sweater designs, the thing that has me hooked is Joji's pattern writing. In the day and age of Ravelry and self-publication, A LOT of people are out there trying their hand at design. This is a great thing. More ideas means more variety and a bigger selection for those of us in the market for patterns. The downside is that a lot of people do what I like to call "Mad Lib" pattern writing. They insert BLANK stitch pattern into a basic sweater formula, slap a new name on it, and, essentially, sell you the same pattern over and over again. It annoys me. I have a stitch dictionary at home, thank you very much.
If a designer wants my money, they've got to give me something in return; show me something I haven't seen before. I know it's not easy. I've knit more than 50 sweaters (I can hardly believe that) and covered a lot of ground doing it. That's why I'm willing to pay- somebody had to work a little bit to put the thing together.
Joji is the real deal. She has incredible range in her design catalog. More impressively, she uses completely different methods of construction and technique in each of the patterns I've tried. Also, I love that her designs take me to the edge of my comfort zone in terms of shape and silhouette- something I'm trying do a lot of lately.
Alright, alright,I think you get my point. Enough gushing. Now.... Allow me to point out the elephant in the room. My right sleeve is TOTALLY shorter than my left sleeve. I have worn this sweater several times since taking photos of it, and I didn't notice until I started adding pictures to this post. HA! Good thing those sleeves are top down. Good thing I have yarn left.
"The only difference between an experienced knitter and new knitter is that the experienced knitter makes bigger mistakes faster." ~Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Tell me, do you have a favorite sweater pattern or designer? Or, have you walked around with two different length sleeves? Please tell me I'm not alone.