Here is Affection, all finished!
I have mixed feelings about this sweater. Although I love the cropped look in Rowan’s pattern photo, I knew that the moment I bent down, or reached up, or did anything other than stand straight, it would have annoyed the snot out of me to have knitted it at that length. I would be constantly tugging it down to cover exposed ‘bits’ of tummy or butt cleavage. Not really my cup of tea these days!
So I added in an extra repeat of the cable, and an extra inch to the sleeves to accommodate my freakishly long arms, and it’s exactly the length and fit that it is meant to be on me. However, it does not look like the picture. My brain is having issues accepting the way this looks “because it’s what you intended it to be” against “but it’s not like the picture!”
I suspect I should have knitted one size smaller to make it not so wide though. Ah well, I hear “boxy” is in!
Grumbling aside, I do love the look of the cables in the front. They are so sweet!
The yarn, Zealana Heron, is also another winner – it feels like a soft, warm hug, and the colour and texture match the delicacy of the cable pattern very well. It’s the Cloud Blue shade, in case you’re wondering.
I mentioned in my last post about this sweater that I expected the yarn to bloom. Let’s have a look and see shall we?
This is it unblocked:
Compare it with the blocked:
The difference is not major, but there is a definite softening of lines and a certain softness of look that I expected to see. As with all possum yarns, the bath has allowed the possum fibres to expand out of the merino wool and fill in the gaps between the yarn. There is a lovely haze that promises warmth and cosiness, and a softness that means wearing it next to the skin is a complete reality.
I’m looking forward to wearing it when winter rolls around.