First, I can't believe I haven't put up a post in almost three months!
Second, I can't believe I haven't put up a post in almost three months when I completed a really wonderful adult-size sweater (for me!) well before my last post was up!
To now get to the sweater post itself, I completed a sweater in April (2014) after casting it on a year-and-a-half prior, in October 2012. I paused work on the sweater at various intervals, mostly to complete baby projects. And even before I cast on the sweater, the pattern was at the top of my projects queue for at least a year, but kept getting delayed for reasons that ranged from lethargy to the intended yarn being stolen out of my car (who knew that vandals would take yarn from a car trunk?).
As the sweater was slowly coming together, I also went through a few distinct periods of self-doubt, including that the sweater wouldn't fit, I wouldn't have enough yarn, and that the proportions would be off for the arms/neck line/etc. Thankfully as I blocked parts of the sweater as they were knit, almost all of those fears were erased.
The final result was really great - perfect fit, great cable pattern, and a nice weight for the fall through spring months. The color was also great and I am happy with the discount yarn I bought at Smiley's for this project - definitely a solid sweater yarn for future use.
Full project details below.
Beatnik Sweater for Me
Pattern: Beatnik by Norah Gaughan, size XS directions
Yarn: Filatura Lanarota Wool Heathers, 9.7 skeins in color 170/Wine
Needles: US 7 circular
Measurements: Body of the sweater - 29 inch bust circumference, 25 inch waist circumference, 31 inch circumference for bottom edge, and 17 inch neck opening. Sleeve length from underarm of 12 1/4 inches, and circumference of 4.5 inches.