Just in time for ChristmasOf the few sweaters that I've made up to this point, the only one that gets heavy rotation is Raspy. Now that it's cold and nipply, a cotton sweater simply won't do. I've always admired the Hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and so the timing was just perfect. Pattern: Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Materials: Baruffa Maratona (8 balls at 121yds/50g), sz 5 and sz 6 circular needles
Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows to 4" in sz 6 needles
Notes: The pattern called for Noro Cash Iroha at a gauge of 19 sts and 28 rows, therefore I had to alter the pattern to fit my gauge (that and I was trying to stash-bust). I basically measured a shirt that I wear ala Diana's method, and knit to fit my own specifications. I decided to be a little adventurous and try the negative ease thing on this one, and made it with 1" negative ease. Could have gotten away with -2 or even -3, but that's for next time. Of course, having a long torso and long arms meant additional mods too. The body piece before sleeve attachment was 18", and the sleeves were at 22" a piece before joining them to the body. I followed the pattern guidelines roughly for the shaping ideas and also the yoke for the raglan shaping. For the hems on the lower body and the sleeves, I followed the no-sew-knitted-hem tutorial by Marnie. The less I have to sew, the better. Initially I was worried that I wouldn't have enough yarn since so many other knitters have run into yarn-shortage problems at the knit-along, so I decided to add the brown trims for the sleeves just in case. Turns out I have nothing to worry about. I still have 2 complete balls of yarn left.
For your viewing pleasure, here's a close up of my neckline and my sleeves...
In an unfortunate turn of events, BF won't be able to spend this holiday season with me. Quite the bummer. Here's why: Power-tripping U.S. Consulate Interviewers. He told BF that it's only been 3 months since he moved to Canada and that he didn't see any reason why BF should come to the States. Hello?!? Friends? Family? Lonely girlfriend? It's Christmas? That gentleman surely ruined my Christmas. I hope his Christmas sucks ass too. There I said it.