I just haven't been able to photograph and blog about it. This summer was sweater summer; I finished 4 sweaters, two of which I adore, one of which became a birthday present for a friend, and the 4th, well, after finishing, blocking, and wearing once, went to the frog pond.
The first sweater I finished was Rogue from A Girl From Auntie. I don't have a picture of the completed sweater, but I did blog about it a little in progress. I used a Cascade 220 color called "Lichen," and I love love love this sweater. I meant to try one of the mods with kangaroo pockets, but forgot when the time came. Oh well, guess I'll just have to knit another (probably with the cardigan mod).
After Rogue came the Cable-Down Sweater from Interweave Knits, by Stephanie Japel. No, mind did not look like this picture. For one thing, I used Cascade 220 again, but even though the pattern says it's worsted weight, I think it was supposed to be a lighter weight yarn. But, it actually looked very nice on my taller girlfriend, so she got it for her birthday. Here are some blocking pictures:
The next sweater was Norah Gaughan's Cabaret Raglan, also from Interweave. Yes, I also did this one in Cascade 220, from the leftover yarn from Cable-down.
It came out quite nicely. The problem was, though, that it just didn't seem to look right on me. Again, I think I'd prefer a lighter weight yarn, maybe a lovely Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool. So, Cabaret became froggy-pond:
Yes, after blocking. But I think the yarn is much happier waiting for the right project right now. Besides...I enjoy the process so much, that reknitting something doesn't necessarily bother me.
Finally, I just recently finished the Basic Hoodie from Chic Knits. I don't have a picture, basically because I haven't really taken it off since I finished it. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in a dark gray, with a strip of the teal Cascade 220 (from the frog pond...yes, it's very happy in the basic cardi) and a smaller strip of Cascade 220 Lichen. I did not put buttonholes on the button band, and ended up machine stitching a zipper on. The sweater kind of stretched for the zipper...it's not the best job, but I love the dang thing anyway. And the yarn...it's not the softest yarn in the world, but it works up into this incredibly squooshy feel. I'll be making another one of these, too.
In terms of the patterns, A Girl From Auntie has THE. VERY. BEST. PATTERNS. It was a million pages long, but so easy to follow. The Chic Knits pattern is an easy second. I have a problem with Interweave in that they usually seem to have minimalist patterns because they're trying to save space in the magazine. I can appreciate that, but Cable-Down took me 4 froggings before I finally figured out what the hell they were saying. Cabaret was only simpler because the pattern itself isn't as complex.
Finally, I have one more FO, but I can't share any details because it's for a friend who may or may not be lurking here. And, given my memory and previous history, I'll probably forget to post after Christmas. So just remember that I finished another project as well. :-)