First *real* sweater of the year: the Twinings Pullover by Amy Herzog.
What do you think? The photo doesn't really do the cable band justice. You should check out the pattern page above. It is quite flattering though. But then that's Amy's thing, isn't it? Fit to Flatter. I've got another one of her patterns on my list (Oscillate) and I'm very much looking forward to wearing it (not just because I plan to knit it in Knit Picks's new angora yarn!)
I knit this one with an old standby--Knit Picks Swish, soft, great stitch definition, and beautiful saturated color. I quite like this deep blue on my fair skin, don't you?
Here's the back:
This particular pattern was a departure from my usual preference for sweater construction in that it was knit flat in several pieces and sewn together. Normally, I like to knit it all in one piece, as it saves on finishing time later. However those sweaters can also become a slog--never ending sections, interminable rows. It was rather refreshing to knit smaller, discrete sections if only to be able to say "I'm done with the back." Nice to mix things up every once in a while.
Oh, also some pretty pretty socks:
These are Inlay by Hunter Hammersen and they took forever (about 6 months). I think I have a sock problem--I pick the prettiest, most complicated socks and then whine about how long it takes to cable every other teeny tiny row. I had to sit down and make myself finish these, just so I could move on to the next thing. The result is lovely, but I'm going to stick to sweaters and shawls for a while... Every knitter's got to have a niche, or so they tell me.
For next time, I've just finished knitting a gorgeous lace cowl in alpaca. I won't be needing it now, but it'll be there waiting for me next year :)
Now get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather!!