Today I got up at stupid o’clock so I could take advantage of the morning light to photograph my Delancey!
(And then I went back to bed when I got home from running my errands and only woke up an hour ago, so my brain is a bit fuzzy.)
I’m a bit torn about taking pictures of myself. It would be nice to have someone there to make the whole debacle feel more natural and make me look like less of a weirdo when I’m standing in a parking lot in front of a fence with my camera on a tripod.
On the other hand, wrangling a friend out of bed at 7 am to help me take advantage of the light is probably akin to cruelty and not likely to happen. But it is pretty magical.
That’s not what you want to read about though. You want to read about the sweater. I get you.
I love this cardigan. Love love love it. Because the fabric is knit on the bias, it ends up being a bit bigger than the intended bust size. I was a little unsure of which size to knit, but Allyson promised me to knit the size smaller than my bust, and it worked out almost perfectly.
It’s a little small over my belly, but a) I can and am trying to reduce my belly and b) this could happen anyway, even if my belly were littler, because of the biased nature of the fabric and the stretchy stitches wanting to pull back.
The unique construction of this sweater alone makes it worth knitting—having to think about knitted fabric and sweater parts in a new way was a delightful challenge. However. I think this sweater made me hate picking up stitches. Yes, this one. Not the billions of stitches on Larch. When I picked up those stitches, the fabric didn’t end up with giant holes.
It’s probably not too noticeable if a) you didn’t knit this yourself and b) I’m not pointing it out to you, but this really annoyed me. I had a similar trouble with the sleeve caps, which are also picked up and then knit down, and let me tell you, if I get the urge to knit this sweater again, I’m reverse-engineering the sleeves to seam them. But this is my own personal bias. I can seam the hell out of anything. Trying to discretely pick up stitches and then having to go back and seam the holes closed after the fact? That’s okay, I’ll just seam the whole thing. I’m sure this is user-operated error; Alexis’s pattern is incredibly well written and awesome, I’m not blaming her.
The other part of this sweater is that my collar will not stay nice and flat and open, I have to keep adjusting it. But it looks awesome even when it is misbehaving, so I don’t care. And if I may toot my own horn a bit (it is my blog, after all), how much do I win with the pink buttons?
Lots. That’s how much.
I am noticing that the yarn (Berroco Vintage DK) is already starting to pill a bit, especially under the arms. I’m a bit surprised, given that it is 60% synthetic and only 40% merino (and supposedly superwash merino at that, but I didn’t try washing the swatch in the washer), but it’s really soft and squishy and again, I don’t care. I can fix that.
Here, more photos with pretty light!
I started knitting this on February 14, according to my Ravelry notes.
I finished it on March 14. (Well, I sewed on most of the buttons on the 15th, but the knitting was done on the 14th.)
I knit two sweaters for me in a month and a half. My brain is blown. And I wound yarn for two shawls, one scarf, and one baby sweater yesterday afternoon. Clearly, I’m in sweater burn out.