pattern: Saffron, from Rowan's New Shapes by Sarah Hatton
yarn: Rowan Big Wool in Smudge
notions: vintage wood buttons
This sweater took FOREVER. I'm a beginner, so the hard part was just trying to figure everything out. (Also, fixing my mistakes took a bit of time.) I had help from my teacher in the beginning, but after my classes ended I stubbornly struck out on my own for the hard parts. That said, the pattern is pretty easy. That doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of cursing, but if I did this sweater again it would be a breeze. I added two extra buttonholes though the instructions called for only one, and I didn't make the belt. Other than that, I followed the pattern exactly. The sleeves are kind of short, which really bugs me. And since the yarn is so bulky, I kind of look like a linebacker in it. But overall it is a very cuddly and warm sweater, which is nice. It's definitely not uniformly perfect, but that's the charm of a handmade sweater, right? At least that's what I keep telling myself. I have to admit that I'm proud of myself for finishing such an intimidating project, but at the same time I'm a little let down that the outcome isn't more flattering. But hey, I did it! And it was fun.
Posted by jenny gordy