So I may be feeling a little sorry for myself, but my whiny state has provided an excellent opportunity for wool to display its magical, healing properties. When I put it on for the first time, I think I actually, physically, felt better. It was so comforting and squishy and welcoming.
I'm not sure I would have knit this one if it weren't for a baby belly the size of Pluto. I've liked this design for a while, but I usually knit things with a little more structure. I'm glad I did, though, because it's incredibly comforting, and I think it will be fun once my girth is less ... girthy.
As we were taking these pictures, I realized my husband hadn't said anything about whether or not he liked it, and he usually is quick to volunteer compliments on my makes. So I asked him what he thought, and he said, "It's a little floppy at the top. I'm not sure what it's supposed to be doing." I'm not sure either, but right now I don't care. I just like that I can wrap it around myself and snuggle up.
|Laughing at my "floppy top" sweater.|
Pattern: Nanook by Heidi Kirrmaire. Super well-written and clear. I still need to add a button, but I might wait until I'm not pregnant anymore and add it then.
Process: Once I got past the arms, it was a bit boring. Despite feeling like this knit was unending, it actually took me less than two weeks, a sweater record by a long shot. I think it felt like forever because it just got so heavy and bulky on the needles.
Yarn: Northampton by Valley Yarns. A worsted weight wool. Very comparable to Cascade 220 or Wool of the Andes. Not a luxury yarn, but still very nice. I'd happily use it again, especially if I can get it on sale. I think I paid $4.19 a ball, so at 5 balls, this sweater cost $21. You can't beat that.
New techniques: The pattern called for lifted increases, which were new to me. I loved them! The left and right versions were easier for me to remember than the typical M1L and M1R. I can never remember which one is which.