Finally, the Fair Isle sweater is done. And I broke the curse in one respect, at least – this is the first thing I’ve knitted Tony (apart from socks) that didn’t turn out too small. No, this one turned out too big. In the case of the sleeves, a good four inches too big, too long actually. If he lets them dangle they hang down to his knees. I’m going to have to unravel the bottoms and knit the ribbing downwards to the right length. Apart from that, the body of the sweater is really too baggy, and in such a loose gauge, will only get baggier. But I’ve decided that acceptance is the wisest answer to this. It can be his slobbing sweater, thrown on for a beach walk. Which is where we decided to photograph it for you.
This last shot was taken outside a handbuilt beach shack that we always visit when we come down to the beach. We try to come here every day, even when its cold and rainy like today. There’s always something new to see; last week we helped a baby seal that had run adrift make its way back into the water.
Thanks for all the compliments on the seamless sweater. For those who asked, the pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Around. I’m knitting in undyed Amelia, which is our alpaca/merino blend dk (sports weight) yarn. And although it started out as another sweater for Tony, my gauge was a little off on this one too (gauge, the bane of my life!) so I think I’m going to claim it for myself instead. Which makes me happy because it means I can do fancy Bohus style patterning along the yoke, which Tony had said he didn’t want.