So yes, it's true, over a year after casting on, I finally finished Sunrise Circle on the morning we left for the cruise. It worked out well, because it was COLD in Boston and this is a thick, warm sweater. Unfortunately, Pea got more scenery than sweater in my modeled FO shot.
And then, of course, the batteries in the camera died. Yes, I know, they do sell batteries in Boston. I don't know why I didn't think to stop and buy some. Must have been those impending flu germs messing with my brain. But he did get a nice shot of the farmer's market in Copley Square, didn't he? I think that's the library behind me too - right Ariel?
I tried to crop the picture some, so you can sort of see the sweater. (You can also see all the pounds I gained from the cruise ship food. I'm back to salads and walks on the treadmill, I can tell you that!!) Oh, and notice me holding the leather coat behind my back? It was cold enough for the sweater and the coat.
Cast On: 4 March 2006
Completed: 4 November 2006
Yarn: Karabella Soft Tweed - Cranberry (about 8 balls)
Needles: Denise Circulars, US6
I'm pretty excited about how this sweater came out. It's the second "real sweater" I've ever knit (I don't count the shrug or Picovolli as "sweaters") and it fits pretty good. The sleeves are long, but I think the pattern was written that way. They are long in a good way - they kept me warm without getting in my way.
I enjoyed knitting the sweater except for one thing . . . . the Denise Needles. I bought these long before KnitPicks Options existed, and while I liked the idea, I hated the needles themselves. Thank goodness KnitPicks came along and rescued me! Now that this sweater is done, I plan to get my Denise set on Ebay.
The pattern was so much fun to knit. It's got a really unique construction, where you knit the sleeve and then use strategically placed increases and decreases to make the circles rise from the raglan. I'm a fan of Kate Gilbert's designs, and based on the way this pattern was written, I'll certainly be knitting more sweaters by her. In fact, I think I have a few already in my Ravelry queue.