Saturday, January 24, 2009

I heart Montana

Hey, I finally have a picture of my Montana Tunic!

The yarn is my handspun, the pattern is from Gale's book, and I love the sweater unreasonably--I wear it at the slightest provocation. Probably more often than I should, since it's kind of distinctive.

I worked it over fewer stitches because my gauge was bigger, and I left off the pocket due to a yarn shortage. The skeins weren't very even (color-wise or gauge-wise), so I alternated skeins every 2 rows--that's why it's a little stripey. I keep meaning to reinforce the back of the neck with a ribbon because I think it wants to droop off my shoulders, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I followed the pattern, which said to leave the stitches across the back of the neck live, and knit the collar from them directly, but in retrospect, I think it could have done with the stability of binding off then picking up. (Although if the pattern had said to do that, I might have ignored it anyway... in which case I would now be writing that I should learn to follow directions!)

In my imagination, it matches both a pair of handspun socks AND a pair of handspun wristwarmers (which I also want to wear constantly). In reality, I try not to wear it with the wristwarmers outside the house (although I do wear it with the socks, since they hardly show), because I suspect that would take me further down the slippery slope that leads to wrapping oneself in a handknit blanket and thinking it's clothing. (That slope is very nearby, and very slippery, by the way... I am currently wearing a handknit sweater, the same wristwarmers I imagine match my Montana Tunic, and a handspun/handknit shawl as a scarf. In my defense, my office is very cold!)

On the other hand, I may not be as obsessed as you might think. I accidentally left my socks-in-progress in my office when I went home on Friday (I did mope all night, unconsoled by my other WIPs, and go pick them up first thing when the library opened on Saturday, but let's just keep that between us, shall we?), and I forgot my socks this morning when I packed my work clothes to bring to the gym (normally, I wear handknit socks plus tights (plus a skirt), but under tall boots so only the tights show).

Would an obsessed person be able to forget like that? I think not!


gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Surrre, youre not obsessed. Nooo, not a bit. Really :-)

Don't tell anyone but your Montana might be my all time favorite. I say, wear it daily. Even with the handspun blanket.

bookwoman said...

Not obsessed at all.

And I love the Montana sweater. It looks fabulous!