I’m just a knittin’ fool lately. I finished up the circular shrug:
I took a bunch of pics because I had such a hard time picturing how it would fit, and now that it’s done, it is so interesting, I want to be sure to capture it. It’s very cool, very flattering and amazing how it goes from a flat piece to one that has so much personality when worn. Thanks so much to Julia Allen for putting this pattern together 🙂
I knit this on 8’s, and at this gauge, it was 180 stitches across in the ribbed sections. This was a whole lot more knitting than I bargained for when I started out. I think I mentioned I was a few skeins short, but I managed to snag the last two skeins in-stock at Knit Happens (they seem awfully nice there — I wish I lived closer). So all in all, it took about 4 1/2 skeins to finish up. I had Julia model it for me, and now she wants one. Well, at least it would be a heckuva lot smaller. I told her I needed a break from this pattern, though and wouldn’t be getting to it right away. This ggh Solitaire is wonderful stuff. It’s soft and stretchy and gives a marvelous drape to the whole thing. Plus, it is super warm. I’ll definitely be wearing this baby to work next week!
Oh, one thing to keep in mind when knitting this up — when you start the second rib section, make sure it’s opposite of what you did in the top section. In other words, if you’ve got a knit 2 up top, match it with a purl 2 down below. I neglected to do this, so when I sewed it up, I got 4 purls in a row and 4 knits in a row along the seam. It’s not super-noticeable, but would have been easy to arrange differently if I’d been thinking ahead.
So now I’ll be working more on Todd’s sweater. And I’ve purchased the yarn and done a swatch for the Chanel-ish jacket from Greetings. I’m just hesitating because I’m not 100% convinced I’ll like / wear it when I’m done. It looks great in the pics (as do all the ravelry FO’s), but maybe it’s not really my style? At this point, I’m leaning towards knitting it anyway. What the heck — I’ve got the yarn and it is sooo nice to knit with. Besides, I’m on a roll!