- Yarn: Rowan Denim, purchased in Winchester during our great British Sojourn a few years ago.
- Pattern: Filey from Alice Starmore's Fishermen's Sweaters.
- Needles: Sizes 2 and 3 US... Freakin' Starmore gauge...
- Time frame: The actual knitting didn't take that long, like a month and a half. The putting together? Much longer. I just wasn't in the mood.
This yarn is a little bit of a pain to knit with as it has zero stretch or memory, but the finished fabric is absolutely fabulous.
Here the sweater has been machine washed and dried on hot, a treatment btw that does wonders for its evenness. While I knit the thing, I thought it would be too big for me, and too long. I thought it might fit hubster instead, but it comes nowhere near fitting him after its hot bath. Unwashed, its dimensions matched those of hubster's sweaters. After the wash it matches mine perfectly. Alice said it would, but I harbored doubts... I shouldn't have. Gauge swatches don't lie and this stuff shrinks like crazy. Just like jeans, I guess.
Sandy's ordered more Denim for the shop and can get a discount on the amount of yarn needed for the sweater if I display mine. Comped actually... Well, ok, display it for the summer while I'm not wearing it and I'll take the proceeds. Such a deal. And believe me, this sweater will sell yarn. I love it.
Now on to weightier matters. I had to miss the February Lady Sweater Party at the shop last night. Darned kids had Latin and Science and French and Algebra quizzes to study for and darned husband was out of town. Sheesh. My family is impinging on my social life. I got a phone call. At least it sounded like fun...
And finally? This morning was cold. That's my excuse. I drove daughter to school, ran to the dry cleaners, picked up a prescription, chose paint colors, and went to work out. When I got home, I realized that I'd worn these pieces of knitting. Together. At the same time. With no makeup and a forest green coat.
All that was missing was clumps of cat hair and I'd be the perfect image of that crazy knitting lady who lives alone with her cats and her fantasies about QVC hosts. Yeesh.