Sunday, January 29, 2012
Finally Finished Something
I've been knitting a sweater with this yarn longer than I have been a mother. Yep, I'm that indecisive. In my defense, though, the yarn (Jaeger Matchmaker 4-Ply) is yummy but an odd weight. It is somewhere in between a lace weight and sport-weight and it took me a long time and a lot of false starts to find a pattern that worked, but find it I did, and I love the results.
The pattern is the Lace Saddle Tee from Interweave Knits Summer 2010. The pattern is shown in a linen/cotton blend with short sleeves, but since my yarn was merino wool, I lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length and it is a perfect "dead of winter" sweater for here in the southwest. I made the smallest size (33 1/2 inch bust) and it fits well. I was a little scared when I finished it that it would be snug, but a good washing/blocking smoothed out the much-frogged yarn and it fits well. It even stood up to the grumpy-kids-hauled-to-Vigil-Mass test because Daddy had a race this morning, so I'm really pleased.
I went to cut out my Vogue 8379 and realized I didn't buy enough fabric, so I'll place an order for one more yard and wait anxiously for it to come. Luckily there are enough small pieces that I won't get burned too badly by my cheapskate nature. In the meantime, I've started goofing with some acrylic yarn from my very small stash to make a pillow cover similar to one of these from the latest issue of Country Living. Don't ask me why I'm obsessed with it, but I am.