Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The First Finished Sweater of 2010

I finally finished the Ingenue sweater from Wendy Bernard's (Knit and Tonic) book Custom Knits. I shouldn't really say finally, because in reality the sweater knit up amazingly fast, mostly.

I had originally decided to knit this sweater for my grandma's funeral in February. The funeral was back in Minnesota, and I knew it would be cold, and I wanted something both warm and something beautiful to wear. Ingenue seemed to be just the ticket and I had the yarn I wanted to use - Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

I started the sweater just one week before the funeral. And amazingly enough I had all but one sleeve finished before the funeral. I attribute the speed of this sweater to the fact that it's knit top-down, in the round, and with raglan sleeves.

But I was one sleeve short for the funeral. So I didn't wear the sweater, obviously, and sadly I set it aside for a little awhile.

Last week I finished the sleeve. And soaked, and blocked the sweater.

I honestly couldn't be more pleased with this sweater - it was so fast to knit, it fits really well, it looks like it's way more difficult than it was, and it's beautiful. Perfect!