After being sick nearly the whole month of January and helping to coordinate a big event for work that took place last night, I feel like I can now finally get back into normal life. Which includes returning to my knitting, of course. Even though I didn't knit much in the past month, I was still able to finish a bulky sweater:
(sorry about the pictures, my usual photographer is out of town and I'm not so good at self-portraits)
Pattern: A combination of the Ballet Wrap Cardigan from Interweave Knits Winter 2005 and the Wrap Jacket with Hood (#40) from Rebecca 32.
Yarn: Merino Bulky from handpaintedyarn.com in Pagoda, 6 balls (size 10 1/2 needles)
Notes: Even after frogging the entire body, this was still a quick knit. I used the Rebecca pattern for the edging/ties and the idea of knitting the body in one piece. The rest of the pattern is the Ballet Wrap Cardigan. I think the fact that the ties are on my hips rather than my waist and that my gauge was a little off created a little less coverage in the front than I'd like, but it still works.
The only major modification I made on the Ballet Wrap pattern was to create an edging for the back of the neck--the pattern has you leave it as a raw bind-off. I continued the ribbing pattern from the front edges around to the back by not binding off the 5 neck stitches, continuing the two edges in pattern until they meet in the back, and sewing them down. The seam is not so pretty, but I still think it's an improvement:
And the yarn is sooo soft and smooshy. I always thought I wasn't a wool person, but I think I've just been using the wrong kind of wool. I love this stuff! I did have to alternate skeins to avoid pooling, but the resulting fabric full of subtle color changes is well worth it. I hope that I can wear this sweater at least once before the Houston winter is over!