As you look through these photos, you will not only see my latest sweater, you will also get a glimpse of the changes we see in our mountain weather. These were all taken within a 24 hour period. This first, in my backyard late Saturday afternoon. I hadn't sewn on the buttons yet, so I just fastened the front with an i-cord tie through the buttonholes. (It has a buttonhole at the top of each buttonband.)
In a way, the changes in the weather are a microcosm of the passage of the seasons while I knit this sweater. I began Oblique in April of last year. I know exactly which date, because I cast on during the first episode of Grey's Anatomy after the writer's strike. It was April 24th. Oblique, by Veronik Avery, was my Grey's Anatomy KAL project. I knit on it faithfully while watching every episode and rerun of the show I could find on the regular broadcast channels. I think I averaged 2-3 hours of knitting on this project each week.
Last April, I purchased 5 hanks of Berroco Ultra Alpaca to knit this sweater as part of my new yarn goals for the year. I had determined to focus on more classic knits and stay away from the wildly variegated yarns I had impulsively bought in the past. Over the subsequent months of knitting, I increasingly modified the sweater. Since I was only knitting on it a hour or two a week, there was plenty of time to change my plan. I narrowed the sleeves and meant to shorten the length to conserve yarn. Over the months of knitting, I lost track of my original plan. This sweater is longer than I thought I would make it (nearly as long as the pattern original). That and a few other modifications (especially making it slightly larger than the smallest size) meant that I used more yarn than I had planned at the outset.
In the end, I grew impatient to have my sweater. I began to work on it regularly in December and quickly realized that I wouldn't have enough yarn. I decided on the contrasting collar and button band edging in Inca Marl, an alpaca yarn. It is softer than the Ultra Alpaca, which has wool content, and therefore a bit kinder to my sensitive neck. The clerk at my lys talked me into the purple (which wasn't that difficult to do, as much as I love purple). Although it is a departure from the sedate, classic look I originally planned, it does pick up the lavender undertones of the main yarn.
Unbelievably, it was clear and dry at our home. So, there in these pictures, you have the sweater that began in the warmth of last spring, continued on through the summer, and saw its finish in the dead of winter, being sewn together and buttoned at winter's last gasp. In it, I'm looking forward to spring once more.
I celebrated Spring's approach by buying more sweater yarn, enough Filatura di Crosa's Zara for the Belted Wrap from IK and the Ogee Tunic from Knitting Nature.
More on that, and a look at my Valentine's mitten, coming soon. (Sweater details on Ravelry.)