i hate myself for loving you
:( (insert more dramatic sad face here)
anais is officially finished and although i absolutely love her, she'll be banished to the ziploc bag until i give her away. i was only able to wear this sweater for about 20 minutes total before i ended up with a rash and could no longer breathe out of the left side of my face. benadryl was administered, sad faces were made, but peeps, i had to face it, i am totally allergic to alpaca.
here are the first and last pictures you will ever see of it on my body:
pattern: anais, by norah gaughan from norah gaughan vol.1
yarn: berroco ultra alpaca light, almost exactly 4 skeins for the 34" size
needles: u.s. 10 bamboo straights (for inserts), u.s.4s for ribbing and u.s. 5s for the body
mods: i added 1.5 inches to the ribbing and another inch to the body because the pattern called for a much shorter garment than i wanted. i also ended up taking off the little webby capped sleeves because when i saw myself in the mirror after they were sewn in, the word "husky" kept popping into my head. i guess i felt like a wooly little football player. so i took them off and then all was well in my world. other than those little changes, i knit the pattern as written.
if i were to knit this pattern again, which i am determined to do (in an alpaca-free yarn), i would knit the body in the round up to the armholes, instead of having to seam the sides later. i re-seamed this baby 3 times. 3. times. that makes me cry a little. i'm just a perfectionist when it comes to the seaming and i make myself crazy for no good reason at all, because my seams were fine the first time, according to everyone else. this was also the first sweater that i've knit in pieces in over 2 years, ever since top-down raglans came into my life.
so yes, yes, go knit this
sweater vest. i love it. the yarn is gorgeous stuff too and i'm very sad that i won't get to wear it.
the post title was inspired by joan jett. i just got back from seeing her play, it was awesome.