I finally finished my first stranded knitting project. I started it somewhere in the middle of August, so it took a little over two and a half months to complete.
I've put several attachments of different views. The main photo was taken indoors, but the rest were done in natural lighting. I tried to get a photo of it being worn but it didn't turn out well, and since temperatures are still in the 80s, I didn't want to spend lots of time wearing it.
I learned a ton from doing this project. There are so many techniques I still have to learn, but I find that jumping right in and trying new things is the best way to make progress.
The garment is riddled with mistakes, but even as a perfectionist I have to admit that most aren't going to be visible. The only one that really bothers me is the lowermost color pattern band. I knew that I was supposed to hold pattern in the left hand and background in the right, but I misunderstood which color was which. All the stitches are correct, but the pattern is more muted and sloppy looking than the rest of the sweater.
The pattern is Bauhaus Fair Isle by Mary Jane Mucklestone, from the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. It called for using Dale of Norway Heilo yarn, but since I'm a cheapskate, I used Knitpicks Telemark instead. I worked very hard to match the colors as closely as possible (involving several different orders to Knitpicks, as I bought things, decided they wouldn't work, threw the "bad" colors into stash, and ordered something else). The final substitutions I made are summarized here:
|Dale of Norway Heilo||Knitpicks Telemark|
|#0007 Gray Heather||Squirrel Heather|
|#5563 Dark Navy||Deep Navy|
|#5762 Steel Gray||Grey Wolf|
|#5744 Blue||Alpine Frost|
|#0004 Light Gray Heather||Snow Leopard|
Thanks to everyone that offered advice and inspiration as I worked on this. A special thanks has to go to Jesse (kiwiknitter) for answering several questions of mine and prodding me into doing the sweater in the first place!
Well, off to start Christmas presents. This sweater took so long (and I will only ever have more than one project going in the most extreme of circumstances) that I feel I'm way behind on what I have to get done....