Behold! My finished Orange Pop! I am so so excited about this knit that I was willing to spend in hour or so outside in 80 degree weather fully covered in alpaca and wool in order to photograph it and post about it. Let's just say that despite the fact that Chicago looks very autumnal at the moment, there was a lot of wiping sweat off my neck.
Strangely enough, this was the first Norah Gaughan design I've ever knit. I wasn't exactly a skeptic before, but I am now fully aboard the NG fan-wagon. This one is really clever. The body of the sweater just flew by (worsted weight! stockinette in the round! wheeee!) and then you turn your knitting inside out to work the yoke, which for this project was exactly the right amount of interest for me. I love the idea of a stranded design where the floats are meant to stay outside the work, and this motif works especially well that way. The stranded side blurs the colors together in a nice way; the "regular" side just looks like some boring old zig zags. This project is pretty much an all-around winner as far as I'm concerned. I'm especially happy with the fit, most especially how the colorwork across my shoulders balances out the way I carry my weight (see Amy's Herzog's brilliant Fit to Flatter series if you're wondering what I'm talking about here).
As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, I knit this project as part of an informal yoke-along with Chawne and Phoe. When we all started I definitely didn't think I'd finish my sweater so quickly because the few I've made before always took *months*. I had a bit of a breakthrough recently, however, when I discovered that I can now knit stockinette in the round while reading. This was something I worked at for a while (using a book stand, and only the easiest reading and knitting, moving very slowly at both), but now it's gotten to the point where knitting plain stockinette while reading really helps me focus. So prepare yourselves for project after project of stockinette in the round while I read for my dissertation. :)
Oh, and for those of you wondering about the colorful background of my two close-up pics, it sure was nice of our neighbors to paint this awesome mural in colors that match my new sweater, right?
Next up: I'm planning a series of posts on a bunch of crocheted squares I made for part of a store sample at Loopy Yarns. I've learned a TON from that project and I'm eager to talk about it.