Jorth looked at the weather report. The forecast? Cloudy, scattered showers increasing during the day, top of 19. "YES!" she exclaimed, fist pumping the air. "It's a perfect, perfect day for my new sweater!"
I really, really enjoyed knitting this. I always like knitting stripes - something about seeing another one done spurs me on to knit more, which results in a pretty quick knit. It would have been done a heck of a lot quicker but I had to wait three months for a single ball of black yarn to come back in stock. Silly, silly me for not calculating how many balls I would need. I think from now on I'll get that extra ball, just in case!
The only alteration I made to this knit was to knit two rows of pink to each four rows of black above the big fat middle pink stripe. The pattern called for only one row of pink to be knit, but that left me with two choices: loads of pink ends to weave in, if I cut the yarn, or to use an intarsia technique to catch my pink yarn behind the work. Since my intarsia sucks (it's soooooo messy, I just can't get the hang of it) and I dreaded the thought of weaving in those millions of ends, I decided to make life easy for myself and knit two rows of pink. No ends to weave, no intarsia to worry about - why make things hard?
I am very happy with how this turned out. My love affair with crazy bright pink shows no signs of abating! I love the Sonia Rykiel feel to it. Now she's a woman who appreciates a good stripe!
I am tempted - very, very tempted - to make another one of these for next winter, but dress length! This time, though, I make sure I buy plenty of balls of yarn so I don't have to wait until winter is over before I don it. Gah!
Pattern: Sweater #26 from Phildar Automne/Hiver magazine no. 374 (released in 2002)
Yarn: 6 x Morris Empire Superwash Merino 8 ply in Noir and 4 x Morris Empire Superwash Merino in Cha Cha Pink