This is going to be a picture-heavy post. I took pictures of my completed Warriston this afternoon and just couldn’t cut out too many of them because I have so many fabulous facial expressions. I call the photo series “Sweltering Afternoon in Wool Sweater with Threat of Rain.” I’m so pleased with how well the final sweater turned out. I broke the Number One rule I preach to people (who mostly don’t know what they’re doing, but it’s okay, because I do) which is to change the yarn weight and follow one of the other sizes in the pattern to achieve a different final size. I did alter some of the numbers for the neck decreases to make a better fit, but really that’s about the only modification I made. And adding length to the sleeves. Bracelet length sleeves just don’t do it for me. I have a habit of pulling sleeves over my hands to keep them warm.
The cowl neck and pockets in the welt pattern are what caught my eye in the first place and both of those aspects came out just the way I wanted. The sweater can only be better because it is in a shade of red that I love to wear.
Did you call my name? Is there a horrible smell in the air? Do I just always have a scrunched up facial expression?
If my face is always scrunched up, it’s okay, because I’m having delusions of being Napoleon (except my pocket is horizontal instead of vertical).
Hmm. How would have I tackled Waterloo differently?? Let me look off into the scenery to contemplate such a question.
This is the face I practice for the future when I will be avoiding paparazzi in the grocery store parking lot. I’m concentrating so hard on how to get to my car that I have to bite my lip.
Never mind – I’ll just head off into the undergrowth and shrubbery. I always seem to take at least one picture where I’m pulling my ponytail off the back of my neck.
Is this remote actually working? If I press the button a gajillion times, eventually the camera shutter will release while I’m not looking at it.
If pressing the button won’t work, perhaps speaking harshly to the camera will make it release.
Or I could point my wand at the camera because apparently my sub-conscious thinks I’m Hermione Granger.
This is my society sashay.
Was that rabbit or a squirrel in the bushes?
Dudes, I don’t even know what is going on here.
I have somewhere I have to be. It’s inside. Out of the 98F heat in a worsted weight wool sweater. What you don’t see is the sweat beading on my forehead.
But you really came here to see sweater details a little better. You can see the i-cord bind-off on the pockets and the bottom edge. The camera is having difficulty capturing the red of the sweater and not even messing with the color on the computer can save this from looking over-exposed.
Sleeve increases and the welt pattern on the sleeve cuffs.
An even more up-close shot of the sleeve cuffs and the i-cord edging. The stitches for the edging are picked up after the sleeve is knit and worked in an i-cord bind-off, which makes a pretty nice cuff – not too stretchy and the edge won’t flip out as it would have if left to it’s own stockinette-stitch devices.
The weather just needs to cooperate and get cool enough for sweaters. The middle of September should not be this hot. I declare it so.
Pattern: Warriston by Kate Davies
Yarn: Ella Rae Extra Fine Merino Heathers, 12 balls
Needles: US 6 and US 8
Mods: Knit to a smaller gauge and less ease (negative or zero ease, in fact).