At last, I have some finished knitting projects to show you. Below is Maggie, from Kim Hargreaves. I used Rowan Felted Tweed in a shade called Treacle. I may be the last knitter around who hasn't worked with Felted Tweed before. It results in a sweater of just the right weight, not too bulky or too airy, with nice tweedy flecks but not scratchy. Using size US5 needles keeps things moving but not too fast. I lengthened the body by an inch or two, and the sleeves maybe an inch. This is the XS size, and it turned out to the measurement stated, 34", which can sometimes be the measurement for a size S for other Rowan patterns. Copious notes about the pattern can be found on Ravelry, in case they will help someone else, but looking back, the pattern was straightforward. The buttons that came in the kit are completely wonderful.
Here are the original photos of Maggie from the Kim Hargreaves website. This one is in the charcoal, which I think is so smart. But I thought I'd branch out from my usual choice of gray.
This sweater can also be made up in Wool Cotton for Spring, which looks very nice.
The next photo was taken the same day as the other sweater, but this one has been finished for a while. It's Charlotte, from Louisa Harding's book Dauphine. I love just about all the designs in that book, but they are fancier than my usual taste. Anyway, I think this one turned out well. The only modification was to lengthen the body, which threw off placement of buttons, but no biggie. The original is intentionally short, as you can see below in the photo from the book, but I wanted mine to be longer.
Probably the thing that makes me the happiest about these is that they're done! I've moved on to a bulky knit, Simply Marilyn by Debbie Bliss from the Spring 2004 issue of Interweave Knits. I'm even using pink yarn, but it's RYC Soft Tweed instead of Cashmerino Chunky. This was supposed to be my Olympics knitting, but I keep falling asleep!