href="http://veryshannon.com/ihza96txzfg5gm683u24sk3y0m43tx" target="_blank">Shannon Cook from the beautiful collaborative book Journey....aptly named, as this has certainly been a fun (and long) creative journey for me.
I started with such gusto. The pattern was super easy to follow, fun and quick to knit. With the top down construction I could easily try it on and see that it was fitting well along the way. I was so excited that I was actually knitting a sweater. Then, somewhere along the way, I just kind of lost interest. It might have been the color, or the many mistakes that I wanted to fix, but didn't, or the sleeves. Gah! Knitting sleeves is the pits! I don't know...perhaps I'm just a lazy knitter.
Anyway....this sweater. I really had to force myself to finish it - to sew on those buttons, weave in all the little ends, try and hide all of the holes I had under the arms. I finished it on New Years Day (a year later!) and immediately tried it on. And, I LOVED it. Like, truly, LOOOOVED it. Even with all of it's glaring mistakes. I almost slept in it that night. The next morning I wore it hiking and decided it's pretty much the perfect hiking sweater. I wore it again on a crazy cold day and decided it's pretty much the warmest and coziest thing I own and heretofore I will wear it on every crazy cold day.
The wool (this yarn in cypress by Quince & Co) is amazing, it's soft and squishy, keeps me warm when I need it but comfortable too (as wool does). And, it's green. Ha! I admit this color choice was completely random. I wondered if I gave Mark the wrong name (since it was a Christmas gift from him), or I thought it was different, or had too much wine that night? I dunno. I do kind of wish I went with a basic grey or oatmeal. But then I think, "this is different", and I like that.
You can read more about this sweater, or grab the pattern over on Ravelry (link here) And, I also highly recommend this book, Journey...if you're a knitter or even if you just like dreamy photography - the book is stunning and inspirational. I'm looking forward to trying another pattern from it! But, maybe not a sweater this time.