Knit City was a fantastic weekend, and I had a wonderful time. It is truly amazing to be in a room full of people (2000 people came through the doors!) who share a common love. One of my favourite parts of fiber events is the ongoing fashion show - new sweaters, bright colours, favourite shawls, felted bags, and so much more, all on display! Random strangers compliment each other all day long, bringing such a positive air to the event. Hell, I don't even mind when people touch me to better see my knits at shows, and I do not like to be touched. It's just a big, happy, knitterly appreciation-fest.
|My view, for the entire show. I was afraid to leave my booth, because there were so many gorgeous things to buy and I can't be trusted with my own cash-box.|
So, what did I wear, you ask? My new sweater!
|Also, new hair! Fun, yes?|
I made Reverb, by Tanis Lavallee, from the Brooklyn Tweed Wool People collection. The pattern didn't quite include my size so there were several modifications to be made. I increased the raglan shaping a few more times, widened the cable motif so it wouldn't be lost on my ...generous... frame, and added shaping in the hip to better fit the sweater to my body.
|And the fit is damn good, if I say so myself.|
The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Cadet colourway. The buttons, which I really think make the sweater, are from my local button and yarn
money-sinkhole shop, the Button and Needlework Boutique. I love Wool of the Andes for its price, colours, and good sensible woolliness, and as I have nearly itch-proof skin (and I'm stubborn as a mule when it comes to minor discomfort - I refuse to give in to itchies), I can happily wear the sweater over just a tank.
I would definitely recommend this pattern to any more experienced knitter. I normally refuse to pay for patterns that don't come in my size (call me a bitch, but seriously dudes, why pay if you have to rewrite it anyway) but I've worked with Brooklyn Tweed patterns before and I know how well written, clear, and simple they are. The schematics are almost orgasmically good. Modifications were a snap, especially because I could try it on as I went. My only complaint about the finished sweater is that I would've liked to make the collar higher. Oh well, it looks fab and that's what matters.
So there you have it! More on my Knit City weekend purchases soon :)