Lifted and Separated
Pattern: Lift & Separate from Big Girl Knits
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the color fern. 18 skeins with seaming and everything.
This stuff was great. Nice color, consistent quality, very affordable and it blocked beautifully.
Needles: Size 6 aluminum estate sale circular needles, probably Boye from the 1970s.
Modifications: I went for 3/4 sleeves over full length. I knit the cuff as directed and then skipped 4 inches before the arm increases. They came out a little longer than I wanted because the whole thing is big in the shoulders. The rest of the pattern was as directed; I didn't feel too brave making a lot of changes on my first sweater.
Started: July 2006
Finished: I did the final Final finishing on December 9, 2006
I am very proud of this sweater. It's far and away the biggest project I've taken on and it's inspired me onto bigger and better things. I learned a lot and there are things I would do differently, like knit it 2 sizes smaller. It's big, like really big. Especially through the shoulders and arms. The armpit hangs a lot lower than I would like. I love the plunging neckline in the book photograph but it overlaps so much to fit that it becomes rather demure.
Thanks to all knit buddies for all the moral support and great advice.