I finally, finally, finally finished my hourglass-esque sweater... yes, right in time for summer in LA. Timing is an art, people. I hadn't picked up the thing in months, and all I needed to do was sew the hems, graft under the arms, and weave in the ends! I used a silk/cotton blend (Jaeger Trinity), so I'm sure I'll get to use it soon on a cool night at the movies. Finishing a sweater makes me remember why I rarely post pictures of myself on this blog; the only photos I end up liking are the ones where I look vaguely annoyed. I wonder why that is? I'm usually very cheery, actually... at least, I think I am!
See what I mean? I look just a little irritated in that pic. I wasn't really; Jacob was very sweet and efficient!
My very favorite thing about this sweater is the long, long sleeves. I'm tall (5'9") and have long arms even for my height. Shirts are never long enough for me. Since the yarn I wanted to use for the Hourglass Sweater had a gauge far too small to actually use the pattern, I just did my own thing but used the style details from the sweater in Last Minute Knitted Gifts... but with extra-long arms. Your basic knit-in-the-round raglan, with waist shaping, folded hems, a wide neck. Simple, simple sweater. The yarn is softer against my skin than I thought it would be. Just a wearable, throw-it-on-everyday kind of knit.
I'm finishing up a blanket for my niece, as well. The blanket is a big circle worked in Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton, and I played around with some different bind-offs before I settled on a simple picot crochet edge. I worked the edge as I bound off (crocheting into the live stitches), and I took some pictures to post a tutorial. The look is just what I wanted: a solid bind-off without extra bulk from the crochet.
This blanket still needs a backing, some lace trim, woven ribbon, a little embroidered patchwork... details, details!