Green Apple Licorice Whip

So, I have successfully completed sweater #1 for 2009!  I had a pile of Blue Sky Cotton in this gorrrrrgeous color just laying around.  I remember one of the ladies at the yarn shop moaning as I grabbed the bag of 10 skeins and announced I’d take it all.  “Ohhhhh that was my faaaaaavorite color!  Oh God, I hope we get more in.”  Instead of feeling guilty, like a normal person, it brought me some joy that I would be the proud owner of something so coveted.

In the words of my sis MH:  Mwahahahahahahaha!  (Imagine the evil cackle of Salacious Crumb and you will get what I am goin for here.

Anyway…  the yarn store lady would probly be way pissed to know that this glorious yarn just sat the hell around for a long ass time while I lost my knitting mojo and was distracted by my sewing machine.

Luckily, the new year somehow inspired me to pick up my needles again.  I wanted to start off with a simple sweater and I was determined to finally put the (expensive) yarn I had stashed away to good use.

I found the pattern on Ravelry – btw, rediscovering my knitting mojo has also reignited my fiery lust for Ravelry.  I am obsessed all over again.  That site just keeps getting better.

On to the knitting – I did make a couple of modifications to suit my aesthetic:

– I replaced the YO increases with M1 increases

– eliminated the lace repeats on the sleeves – worked them in stockinette.

Both of these mods were really just an attempt to transform this into a Winter-friendly sweater since it’s been a tad “blustery” round these parts this season and I figured the less holes, the better…

I chose to knit this up in a size Small since I know this yarn and it has a tendency to grow after you wear the knitted garment a few times.  After all was said and done, I was a wee bit concerned that it would be a little too snug (it fit, but it really showed my… “curves” if you catch my meaning…).  But, luckily, after a good steam blocking of the lace panel, it fits like a glove!  I think I’ll be pleased with the way it grows over time, but I’ll be sure to report back.

So, I’m happy to report this was a completely ‘drama free’ project and a fab way to kickstart my mojo.  I finished this in just about a month… just the right inspiration to cast on for a whole mess of new projects!

Speaking of which…  I have been feverishly working on a Meret (Ravelry) that is quite near completion.  I’ll post pics and notes once the sucker is blocked.

And in the spirit of this calendar month, this:

will soon turn into this (Ravelry).  I’ve been longing for a February Lady Sweater… especially after seeing those that so many Spiders have pumped out recently.  (If you are on Ravelry, check some of them out here, here and here!)

Okay.  It’s Tuesday.  Craft Night with the grrrls.  I’m off like a prom dress.

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