March 4, 2005
I saw this sweater in Vogue Knitting Winter 2005, and thought: "This is cool. I could wear that." There was an Elann.com Gift Certificate from Christmas burning a hole in my pocket, and they were about to put up some Jo Sharp DK wool. 23 skeins later, it was on.
I swatched. I got gauge. I even checked gauge on the sweater-in-progress. It was all good. I made the smallest size, 35.5 inches. The yarn color was a little iffy, but I went with it. I had just ordered a heck of a lot of it, and wanted to see how it would come out. This was my first DK-weight sweater, and it went fast. It was done in about a month.
About halfway through I knew it was going to be too big. But I didn't like the yarn enough to fix that. I just wanted to be done with it and send it on its way. So Monday night, fueled by caffinated tea, I stayed up late and put on the finishing touches - green ribbon for the zipper lining and a faux-tag. I steam blocked it and packed it all up and sent it off to my mom. Who is sure to give it a fine home.