Remember how I acted all 'adult-like' for half a second in my life and actually SWATCHED??? (That was the same week I unloaded the dishwasher if you recall).
Well... I am here to tell you that the swatch paid off.
That half hour of my life that I will never get back in which I spent knitting a wee rectangle was TOTALLY worth it.
Because I actually made a sweater that fits AND that I wear. In fact... I finished this puppy (with the great moral support of several customers and loved ones out there) two weeks ago and wore it for an entire week straight. I had to bribe my cousin with sushi to take my photos in it before it started to actually look like sweater that gets worn every single day.
Nothing wrong with a well-loved sweater, but they don't always photograph all that well.
Without further ado- here is something to show you cats that I actually finish something bigger than a sock from time to time.
If you can't tell by my clenched fists, it was fridgedly freezing cold outside and I just wanted to be back inside my cozy little home- still wearing the sweater of course!
But despite the cold, I'm pretty darned pleased with myself.
Does it show? And does it look like I'm being obnoxiously pleased with myself?
Because I think I sort of am.
Oh how good it feels to have a turquoise wool coat to call my own once again! I had to bid farewell to the last one as my years as a student carrying coffee from class to class left some rather nasty stains down the front. It was time for a replacement.
Thank goodness my days as a student are OVAH! 'Adults' like me don't spill coffee!!!
Huh. I seem to have misplaced my left leg in this shot.
I must say though- this sweater would still be on the needles in it's little bag had it not been for the support of my fellow knitters that participated in the knit-along at the shop. Six of us cast on together and we all finished (or are finishing) at various rates. How fun it is to see six sweaters from the same pattern come out looking so different from one another! So much so that one dear customer knit the thing TWICE! Two times! And the result was two very different sweaters.
Clasica Coat by Deborah Newton from Interweave Knits Fall 2009.
The yarn? Soft Spun by Cascade Yarns- 10 skeins for size medium.
The needles? 6 mm.
Thoughts on the pattern? Stick with the textured pattern stitch no matter frustrating it is at first- it proves itself to be super fab in the end.
Thoughts on the yarn? HELLO COLOUR! I just am such a sucker for vivid colours and this yarn delivers! It's... soft (hence he name) and it's pretty sweet bang-for-your-buckaroo.
Moral of this sweater story?
A swatch never hurt anyone.
It just might cut into your knitting time a wee bit.