C'est fini. Started on February 8, 2011, and completed November 9, 2013 -- it's not exactly a knitting sprint winner.
It's a big old jackety-warm-soft-blankety kind of a sweater, which is not exactly what I was going for. The shop model that I tried on at Kaleidoscope Yarns back in the day was a size small, and it was more form-fitting and less oversized. But when I started knitting this sweater, I was decidedly medium, and getting mediumer every day. So I knitted it in medium. Well, now I'm less medium, and getting a little bit smaller, so the sweater is roomy.
At first I was disappointed, but after a day of road-testing it out in the real world, I'm very glad it turned out this way. On my first afternoon wearing it out, I got three compliments from random strangers, one of whom was a toddler in a store who saw it, stared at it, and wanted to touch it. It can't really get any better than that.
The photos don't do it justice. Which makes sense, since they were taken in under three minutes on the back porch on a gray day, when I was rushing to get to an appointment.
But it's comfy
and a feast of beautiful autumn colors to satisfy the senses.
I see myself living in this thing all winter long.
Pattern: G'Day by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Berroco Geode, Color 3646 (Tiger Eye)