It's crazy busy around here. Tears in the grocery store, call my sister and seek affirmation crazy. Between birthdays, anniversary, strawberry season, two gardens, Father's Day and vacation prep I'm a little overwhelmed. I'm very thankful that I have my Dad helping me at the farm because I would have let it all go this week without him. It's weeks like this that I'm so thankful for the meditative practice of knitting. Nothing soothes like needles and yarn and a lot of stockinette. Of course I finished this sweater about two weeks ago, and I've cast on for a new project now.
This sweater turned out great in many ways. I love the shape, the torso length, and the sleeve length. I love the buttons (though I'll use a better button hole method next time because these will not hold up for long.), and I love the color. This is Lion Brand Cottonease in Taupe. It's really easy to work with and it knits up a soft, luxurious fabric that is washable and good for summer. Lucky for me it's been cold around here, so I've been wearing this a lot. I learned waist shaping with this sweater. The one thing I do not like about this sweater is the yoke width. It is too wide, and it falls off my shoulders. I've had two expert knitters give suggestions for fixing this, and I have not had time to work on their suggestions, but I'm hoping to while lounging on the beach next week. HA! HA! We all know there will be very little sitting around, don't we?!If you have great suggestions for tightening up this neck line...SHOUT!! Now I'm off to throw a Hawaiian Luau birthday party for my 8 year old. Let's not talk about that number.