So this is what some people may think at first sight of the photos below: What's that? It looks like Celtic from Rowan 40. But, wasn't she JUST talking about making that...like a couple days ago? I didn't think she was on crack...well, not speed-knitting crack, that is. WTF?
And all I can say is - talk about perfect timing! Celtic just happens to be part of the Rowan trunk show and it just happens to be hanging out at Lori's in Alpine at the moment. Needless to say, I didn't need any other excuse to take a road trip out there to try 'er on for myself. I am a very tactile person and I always wish I could see, touch and feel the finished piece before I devote the time, money and effort to a project. This is the first time it was actually possible!
The best part, is that I got a chance to sample the fit. And as I suspected, the original measurements make for a pretty short sweater, which on me, well, you can see just how long my long waist is in the top picture.
Everything else fit really nice and I especially liked the lengths of the sleeves. And thanks to input from top notch consultants and yarn shopping companions (Knitzalot and Cora), I'm opting to use the accent yarn suggested in the pattern rather than my original choice of the purple Felted Tweed. We decided that the sweater with too much of a contrast would make it much more casual and probably very collegeate. I want a sweater that can be dressed up and down. So by using the navy (846) Kid Classic, it's more of a tonal complement to the Felted Tweed that I'll be using for the main body. However, since I'm feeling the pinch of the purse strings, I opted just to plan at this point and not to acquire. Holiday knitting must come first!