It's the end of January, which means it's time to issue the monthly progress report on NaKniSweMoDo! (That's the 'National Knit-a-Sweater-a-Month Dodecathon' challenge, for you non-knitters out there.)
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I started my first official NaKniSweMoDo garment on December 25, as a Christmas present to myself. (Gal needed a little pat on the back after all that crazy holiday knitting, don'tchaknow.)
Love love love the fit on this baby. The wrap is great, and the rib contours in a way I could see as flattering on just about everyone. Glad I knit the diffferent-sized pieces, too.
Sally has you slip stitches along the non-seamed selvage edges; that's a nice touch. I didn't slip the sleeve selvage stitches, thinking I might have enough yarn left to work some sleeves. In the end, I only had about a half-skein left, so no sleeves on this one.
I did crochet around the neckline to hold the two pieces in position (the better to avoid wardrobe malfunctions when working with the public).
(Yeah, what's with the color pooling right above my sacrum? Oh well. It echoes the tatoo nicely, though, huh?)
Later on in the year, I hope to knit another one of these, out of a solid color yarn (perhaps Louet Gems?), and work up some notes for doing sleeves: picked up from the shoulder edge and worked down, with a short-row sleeve cap.
And then, not to cheat or anything, I'm counting another sweater as part of my NaKniSweMoDo tally: the Elizabeth Zimmermann Fair-Isle Yoked lovely I started back in... May? [Oog- there it is in my Ravelry notes. May 29. Oy.]
I know, I know, counting UFOs as part of NaKniSweMoDo might not seem cricket... but the rules are deliberately loose in this challenge, and if the end result is that I have fewer UFOs and more great sweaters to wear, then the world will be a better place for it. If y'all vote that I need to split this project off and put it into a NaFiUFO challenge ("National Finish your UFOs"), then so be it.
So here she is! In a colorway I can't help thinking of as very Cleopatra:
Pattern: "Fair Isle Yoked Pullover," from Elizabeth Zimmermann's The Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Jamieson's Shetland Double Knitting. MC: "Dark Navy" (14 sk?) with CCs: "Ginger," "Nighthawk," "Rosemary," and "Cherry" (1 sk each).
Needles: 3 mm / US 2-1/2 (for a gauge of 6 sts/1", tighter than many folks are doing for their cardigans; it works very well at 5.5 sts/1")
Hair: courtesy of San Francisco Hat Company. [Sorry for the squinting, too: it's preternaturally bright up here this morning in the (otherwise cloudy) Pacific Northwest!]
Under interior lighting, the "Dark Navy" main color reads almost black, and the CCs are quite a bit brighter. The progress shots, taken in my studio on Louise the mannequin, are truer to their values and saturation levels.
A month spent in the company of two of the knitting world's brightest lights: Elizabeth Zimmermann and Sally Melville. What could possibly top that?
We'll just see!