Block and Swatch Weekend

I have blocked my Guernsey Wrap, which was to come out at 17 x 74 inches. I got 17 x 73.5. Blocking wires are a wonderful thing.

I also blocked my Celtic Cable Neckwarmer, which has an “error” in the middle repeat (repeated some rows), but I’ve decided that is fine. I found the error just before doing the ribbing at the end with the buttonholes; no way was I ripping back.

I also swatched for 2 sweater projects, and I washed the swatches and left them to dry to see how washing affected the gauge.

On top is Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport in Star Sapphire, and on the bottom is Classic Elite Classic Silk in navy.
The classic silk gave me correct gauge after washing, so I went ahead and cast on (the color is truer in the swatch).

I think I may have entered a blue period.

FO: Notre Dame de Grace on a Sunny Day

I’ve had my Notre Dame de Grace pullover done for months. It was a great sweater to take to the Midwest over the holidays; I could wear it without a jacket when driving between north-east Wisconsin and southern Illinois. However, I never seemed to get it photographed. So this Sunday, on a bright sunny morning, M and I headed out for coffee and errands, and I wore the sweater so we could get it recorded for posterity. I tried so hard not to squint, but clearly my light grey eyes decided on protecting themselves rather than on looking pretty.

I usually wear it this way with the collar up (keeps my neck warm), although below you can see it below with the collar down. I couldn’t find a decorative button I liked. A mediocre plastic one was priced at $8.50 at Joanne’s, so my Notre Dame de Grace remains button free.

Because the pattern was written for alpaca, I had to make a fiber sub, and I went with Cascade Ecological wool. I think this yarn came from a lovely hued silver-grey sheep, and I enjoyed working with this yarn very much. It is also holding up well with wear.

This sweater is meant to have positive ease for a casual fit, and so I made it wider at the bottom than in the bust to accommodate my bottom-heavy shape, and that was the least successful aspect of it. It should have zero ease at the hip-line and about 2 inches positive ease in the bust. However, it actually swings out a bit at the hip, and is correct at the bust.

This leaves me a bit perplexed as to what to do on my next sweater. Anybody have any experience with this sort of thing, and have some advice? I’ve measured myself repeatedly, and I always get the same numbers. And I can adjust sleeves to the right length, so why not horizontally? BTW, a quick read of Ravelry posts about this sweater indicates that almost everyone had to shorten the sleeves. I had to make them 3 inches shorter than called for.

Anyway, I am otherwise very pleased with how this turned out, and I enjoyed knitting it quite a bit. I’d definitely use this yarn again. Maybe I can find some from a beautiful charcoal grey sheep?

I have to share this photo I took one morning enroute to our local greengrocer. Hot air ballooning through the clouds.