Okay, here are the Wilkes girls' Christmas sweaters, finally.
The sweater I made for my mother turned into a bit of a slog--it was just a lot of tight stockinette and hoo boy, that collar took forever!
The pattern is called Essential Cardigan by Laura Grutzcek and was featured in this summer's Interweave Knits. Mom asked for a longer cardigan than the one pictured, so I increased the length by 3", which was super easy since there's no waist shaping at all. It is a very elegant piece, but I don't think I would knit it again, especially on a deadline. It just took too long and I was very bored. Maybe if I had another, smaller project going at the same time, but probably not. It just wasn't complicated enough for me :)
I did, however, like the yarn. I used Knit Picks merino style, which is not washable, but softer (and cheaper) than its superwash counterpart. It's a touch splitty, but once you have it blocked out and pressed, it is delightful. Plus, I picked a pink color, so Mom had to love it!
Caroline's sweater was a lot quicker and easier (not just because Caroline is the size of a toothpick).
I won't even bother showing you the picture of mine--it's way too dark. This is a picture from the pattern's page. Just picture mine in black (and on my sister):
Safire by Hillary Smith Callis. Way easy for a first sweater if you want a cropped cardigan. It was just a basic raglan and I didn't have to make any changes to the pattern. Nothing to be scared of. I'm not even sure Caroline tried it on before she left for school, so I really hope she liked it... It really was a pleasure to knit, though. Quick, easy, mindless and Swish is always fun to knit.
And thus concludes the projects from 2010. Next time I'll have 2010 in review--it'll be a lot. According to my Knit Meter, I knit over 16 miles of yarn in 2010. Get excited!