I began the Climbing Vines Pullover on December 28th, 2009 and proceeded to knit like a mad woman while I was on break from school. The progressed slowed a little after I started my internship a week ago, but today, January 10th, 2010, I present to you:
... the completed sweater.
... and again closer up.
I'm pretty happy with it after the blocking process. I think it did manage to shrink up just a little and I'll remember to shrink it a bit after each washing. It's not super duper flattering in person (though I managed to pull it off okay for the photo. hehe It's COLD out there!) but it's cute and warm. I'm happy with how the charted vines came out and I think it adds a neat touch.
The arms don't sit right for sure. Anyone have any idea where I can go to get good info on fitting shoulders?
My main lesson from this project though is fit. I know now that I'm a fan of a bit of negative ease so if I'm stuck between two sizes next time I'll go down and not up.
And thank you so so much to everyone who left lovely messages for me to find this morning. I really appreciated the kind words. :) I did take your advice and began knitting a bit on my other mindless project, the Modern Log Cabin Blanket. I have all 4 colours integrated now and thought I'd share that too.
These yarns are all 100% acrylic that I got from my Sister in Law for Christmas. I'm really surprised at how nice these Bernat Super-deal yarns feel! They're pretty soft and nice to knit with. The colours don't show up perfect, though. The dark one isn't brown it's more a dark purple. From now on this will be my go-to project for nights like last night - I don't care if it takes me a year to knit it. lol
Thank you to everyone again for your encouragement!