There is a very simple reason why you're not seeing a glamorous photo (it's all relative, really) of me wearing this fabulous sweater right now. But I don't want to tell you what that reason is. Because I can't quite believe it. And the reason is not because I haven't quite finished it.
First of all, I have to tell you that I really enjoyed knitting it. The pattern is the Hourglass Sweater from Joelle's book, and it's knit in the round. Once you've knitted the torso and the sleeves you join them together to finish the yoke, and it's a pleasure to watch the sweater literally come together on your needles. Plus, I can't think of a more relaxing project to knit: you just go around and around and around until it's time for an increase or decrease, which couldn't be easier to do.
And I love the yarn. It's a 100% alpaca that I purchased quite a few years ago, started another sweater that fell by the wayside, and began this sweater last winter instead. If I were to start all over buying yarn I would probably choose something with a little more color, but as far as fibers go, I really like the alpaca.
Yes, it took me a year (or so) to finish this sweater. But no mind. It was fun!
I didn't even mind sewing down the live stitches at the neckline, which was easier than I led myself to believe. Don't you just love it when you psych yourself out about a task and then discover, when you finally sit down to accomplish it, that it was waaaaaay easier than you imagined?
Well, it's a good thing I enjoyed making this sweater so much, because I'll be making it again. No, I don't mean that I'm going to rush out and buy more yarn to start another sweater just like this one. I mean I'll be making this sweater again. Because the sweater I just finished is too tight! I can hardly believe it, and I can't bring myself to rip it apart just yet. But I will, and I'll make it again in the next size up, and this time it will fit. And I'll enjoy knitting it.
I'll enjoy every single stitch.
[grits teeth with unhealthy determination]