First, because it's more amazing than anything I've ever done, even if the pictures are a bit meh: my Pomme de Pin Cardigan. I bought a fabulous local organically raised Romney fleece, washed it, carded it, and spun about 900g during Tour de Fleece last year.
I really enjoyed Amy Christoffers' pattern. It doesn't have any shaping so it creates a cozy, casual silhouette (read: it doesn't make me look magically thin). The buttons are applewood, from Pymatuning Crafts.
Mods: a slightly wider button band. It creates a shawl-collar-like effect and adds a little extra width, as I had some gauge issues and the sweater came out a bit smaller than I planned.
|Things I have learned: If you just can't get a good colour balance when editing a photo, take the colour out entirely!|
|I'm exactly as tired as I look. All the time. Yawwwwn.|
Second: my Damask shawl. This bottom-up pattern is by Kitman Figueroa. I didn't love the pattern until I saw the Yarn Harlot's handspun gradient version. I needed one too!
It's a fingering weight chain-ply, and it has sparkles!!! (Sparkles get extra exclamation points. They are the enthusiastic punctuation of the yarny world, after all).
Soft neutrals aren't usually my thing, but this time they just sing to me. Maybe it's because spring is here.
I admit, I was a little weirded out knitting a shawl bottom-up, but the last rows of the project just flew by because they were so short. I'm so proud of this project, and I'm looking forward to having an occasion to really show it off.