I finally had time and decent enough light and a willing photographer to get some shots of my finished Leyfi Pullover.
Pattern: Leyfi Pullover by Romi Hill, from Interweave Knits Fall 2010
Yarn: Tahki Yarns Bunny
Needles: US 10 and 10.5
Started: July 28, 2010; Finished: Dec 2010
This sweater was both an easy knit and a huge headache. It was a complete impulse cast-on. I didn't swatch, wasn't sure I had enough yarn, and couldn't be bothered to even knit the sleeves on the same size needles as the body (US 10 for the body; 10.5 for the sleeves since I happened to have a 10.5 16-inch circular and I hate magic looping sleeves). It's kind of a miracle it came out at all. Even more amazing is that I'm really happy with it despite some major mistakes. Early on, I discovered I had completely botched the upper part of the lace yoke (that would be what I get for trying to knit a lace pattern at 4am). I agonized a bit over this mistake, but in the end, I decided not to rip and kept on knitting. Deep down I was convinced that these mistakes would drive me crazy even when the sweater was finished. But I'm pleasantly surprised that I don't care (much). Even close up, there really isn't anything that jumps out as being wrong.
Now granted, even in that photo, I can point out the mistakes, but I'm fairly certain that most people don't see what I see (and if you do, just lie). I've worn it happily twice now and accepted compliments without feeling the need to say, "thanks, but, look right there--don't you see all these glaring mistakes? I must be the worst knitter ever".
Other than my unintentional lace customization, I knit the sweater pretty much according to the pattern. The pattern calls for you to hold two different yarns together, but I used a single ply bulky wool that I had in stash, which worked out just fine. My only modification was to add some waist and hip shaping. Even with the shaping, Leyfi has a relaxed fit which I'm finding rather refreshing to wear since most of the sweaters I knit this year are very fitted. I love the nice long loose sleeves in particular, and the whole sweater is cozy and warm and comfortable and I love it. Isn't it great when that happens so unexpectedly?
Maybe most importantly, the nice neutral color doesn't show dog fur. And yes, that comment is really just an excuse to add in a gratuitous puppy picture.
With Leyfi finished, my WIP knit-down has hit a speed bump. I'm slogging away on the Chelsea skirt, but progress is slow and tedious. Only eleven days left of 2010, and I hope at the very least I'll be able to knock out the last pair of socks. Only time will tell...