|Side view of the yoke|
I actually made a ton of modifications to the pattern, starting with the yarn. I knew from past experience that knitting a sweater out of very chunky yarn adds lots of bulk to my frame. I certainly don't need to look like I have even more padding than what nature gave me. Owls calls for a very bulky yarn, and the first thing I did while browsing the 5,000+ projects was see what lighter yarns folks had used to knit the pattern. Cascade Ecological Wool was a clear winner and turned out to be quite reasonably priced, so I picked out a dark heathered brownish-grey (or is it greyish-brown? I can't tell!). The downside of having all this info from Ravelry at my fingertips is that it tells me that I stashed that yarn back in April of 2010. Yikes!
|Three skeins ought to be enough, right?|
|And this is where it stayed for three months.|
|The whole sweater!|
I also opted to only sew buttons on one of my owls for a more understated look, as many other Ravelers have done. I like to think of my owls as being mostly sleepy, with one awake to see what's up. Now that this sweater is done, I learned that I like my sleeves a LOT longer than what's usually written in a pattern. The cuffs can be pulled down almost to my knuckles, which keeps my hands warm. I was able to apply a lot of the knowledge I gained in Ysolda's class last year to make sure that this sweater fit just the way I want it to. Finally, this sweater is going to be very versatile. I can pair it with a skirt, tights, and boots for work, or just with jeans for a weekend. The yarn is warm enough for foggy mornings and evenings, but not knit too dense for California. I'll be testing it out while we're on vacation next week in another typically cool and misty environment: Scotland! I have one more regular blog post lined up to run while we're gone, and many adventures to share when we return!