Who's a happy gal? yup.... me.
Autumn Leaves is truly complete. And while there are imperfections (as there are with any hand knit) I am quite pleased overall.
One of the girls at knitting group snapped these photos tonight (thanks again Nancy!) And yes, this is RIGHT outside where we knit, in the dining area above our city grocery store.... pretty isn't it?!
(sometimes I think I should walk around all the time with my hand up shielding my eyes from the sun - that way you can see the cool side seam details!! - sorry 'bout the funny faces, it was really bright out there at 7pm tonight - and hot too ... )
I have a few things that I would change if I ever made this again: I would decrease one of the leaf motifs at the sides when I reach the shoulders. Despite my having well build shoulders, it is really a bit too big across the top.. And I would knit the entire sleeve on double pointed needles (the top part is looser since I knit it on 16" circular) - it's not "bad" per say, just not as dense as the rest of the sweater.
Other changes? I would make my floats over 4 stitches, not 5. There are places where they are a bit too loose, but again, tolerable.
All in all, for my second fair isle project, I'm mighty pleased.
Will I wear it????? now, that is the million dollar question ! hah! I need to move the clasps out a bit first (so that the edges of the front actually meet).
This one might be gifted to someone who is more of a "Cardigan Girl" than I am - but then again, I might just keep it for awhile and see....... :-)