Needles: Size 2 and 3 Turbo Addies
Started - Dec 29th 2005. Finished March 17!!!!
Thoughts: First - this was a kit. I bought it because I just love the colors that they put together - I would have never used this mix of colors if I hadn't bought the kit! (mostly because they aren't 'my' colors, which is a fear for the actual wearablity now that it is done, but we'll ignore that for now) The yarn is a very nice, superwash, worsted weight - soft and pretty colors. I would definitely use the yarn again!
The pattern, though well written, was hard for me to follow. Obviously some of the issue was picking it up again after putting it down for months... but it was a 8 page long pattern, and was different than anything else I've done. I would get cruising along with the color changes (the slip stitch patterning was really fun), and then forget to do shaping, and then need to rip back. More than once. I thought that the 3 sets of attached i-cord for the edging was a bit much... but it really seems to tie the whole thing together. Plus - it gives a nice, sturdy button band. I may even get some glass buttons to finish this off! I'll go to the yarn store tomorrow.
Would I knit it again? No. Am I nervous that it's not the right color for me? Yes. Do I love the finished product? Yes! And, I will admit, that even with all the trials and tribulations, I started to slow down towards the end. I've been knitting on this for so long - it seems weird for it to end, you know what I mean?
I won't be posting for a few days - I want everyone to have ample time to tell me how wonderful this sweater is... and I even expect some of you lurkers to comment!