Lemongrass completedPosted: December 30, 2015
Well I hope you all had a very happy holiday – however you may have celebrated. I was here at home with The management and Jess for the duration (having delivered the geographically distant family members gifts weeks ago). It has been wonderful to have my husband and daughter with me for a few days – but I am a solitary beast and have been looking forward to having some time alone again.
Anyhoo, during the time I have been able to sit around doing very little – and let me tell you I made the very most of this – I finished off the Lemongrass sweater I have been knitting. The pattern has turned out to be just as adorable as I had hoped, and whilst Jess said she liked it my mother didn’t seem too impressed with the picture I showed her when I visited. Ah well, you can’t please everyone.
Well now for the details. As previously mentioned this was knitted from a pattern found on the Ravelry site, in Drops Nepal which I bought from the Wool Warehouse. I was lucky enough to get it at 25% off but I think that finishes tomorrow (31/12/15). I had hoped that the alpaca bit of the mix would make the wool less ‘scratchy’ on my neck as I am very sensitive to that but it still seems to be a little itchy. Maybe that will be better after the sweater has been laundered.
I knitted the pattern pretty much as printed, but I didn’t make the buttonholes in the front band as I really couldn’t see the point. I sewed the buttons through both layers and they are just fine. I sewed 4 buttons rather than the original two for no particular reason. Actually, I probably used four because I just loved the buttons which I bought last year(?) at the Kendal Wool Gathering. I did wonder about knitting this a fraction longer but I am very happy with the length it turned out – I am 5’4″ tall just in case you need to consider this for your garment should you decide to make it. If I make this again I might make the collar/neckline slightly shorter to stand up without a fold, or another couple of inches longer to make a good fold. At the moment it isn’t clear quite what it wants to do.
I love my new sweater, and might well make this pattern again. I love having something on the needles through winter evenings so will be looking for another project pronto. I haven’t really felt like sewing, and since I didn’t have any client work needing attention I have taken a step away from the machines.
Isn’t it strange how you start to twitch a bit when the sewing urge comes back? Trousers next time.