Finally finshed up the Embrace sweater - and it has been a love-hate relationship. Love the pattern, hate the yarn (it's one of those ten strand rolled type that looks pretty when knit, yet it splits while you're knitting it and pills upon completion:-P )
and the cuffs and hem are rolled as well. These are features of some of my most comfy sweaters ever.
What I didn't care for is that it is not nearly as "long" on the sides and back as depicted in the photos. sigh. I was precise about following the pattern, and made the obvious assumption that the photo acurately showed the way an appropriate size would fit the model (heh heh.. you know what they say about assumptions.... ahem)
here's what others have made Embrace and here's what the model in the book looks like:
well, let's just say, I won't be modeling this one for awhile. (maybe the issue is that I need to be built like a twig? nahhhh.. that can't be it ;-)
Yet despite the fuss, I do love wearing it. It is cozy, comfy, floppy and warm. It will be a perfect cuddle-up-with-a-book on a chilly day sweater.
highly recommend this one (with Zauberball yarn) luv it.
And, while the needles are still warm, I cast on for a new project. (one I have been fawning over for a year or so now) It's Amy Swenson's Cloud Chaser Vest. (cables... ahhh... swoon..)
The yarn I am using is from my stash, a merino silk blend from Alchemy Yarns. The color is a rich red wine.
Last, yet by far not least, my Mom is still in the hospital. They have been trying most everything to reduce all the pain she has from her fall last summer, and I think that today they might be making a bit of headway. (fingers crossed) The physical therapists have her walking the hall once and sometimes twice now (yay) and she's been a good mommy, and eating her chocolate ice cream first (like I told her to!) (the fact that she is now eating again is huge progress... three steps forward, two back - yet baby steps of preogress are being made.
It's a difficult time to hold her spirits high within those clincial hospital walls - and we all appreciate the healing thoughts and prayers that you all have been sending. Keep 'em comin. (and thank you)