12 February 2012
one for me
despite all the knitting i've been doing, it's been quite a long time since i've knitted something for myself. don't get me wrong, i love knitting (making of any kind, really) for others. but once in a while it's nice to enjoy the fruits of your labor yourself, you know? on top of that, it's been a long time since i've knit myself a sweater and this particular one was just what i needed--quick, easy, basic, extremely wearable, and totally stash-busting (buttons included). not to mention that it was an immediate contribution to my wardrobe project of 2012.
in my ongoing effort to use up my (fairly sizable) stash, i spent some time earlier this winter searching for patterns that would fit 5 skeins of manos del uruguay wool clasica. i settled on this pattern, the trail jacket by hannah fettig. i was a bit short on yarn, but luckily it worked out perfectly with some of the modifications i made to the pattern. i know this is technically a "jacket", but that wasn't exactly what i was looking for, so i nixed the body increases and added some decreases to the sleeves (see ravelry for those notes, it's simple i promise) to make the fit a little more snug. the worst part about this sweater (the only bad part, really) is that fuzzy black yarn is pretty much a death-trap when you have a white wirehaired dog. i think i need to resign myself to the fact that every dog hair and tiny piece of fuzz will be visible on this sweater. aside from that minor detail, i'm super excited about this one and it's already in high rotation. as a bonus...it only took two weeks to knit! seriously. talk about sweet.