There are a truly staggering number of talented men and women who craft. For me, most blogs I follow create styles I absolutely adore but would never venture into for various reason -- they sew from a different era, for a different body type, with different fabrics, to be worn in a different lifestyle, etc. One of the things I love about this community is how you can find a style doppelganger halfway around the world. Not only that, but you can follow along on their adventure as they push the bounds of their style, exploring and growing and shifting subtly over the months. The basic form is always there, but its expressions evolve with time.
For me, one of those bloggers with whom I feel a strong affinity as such is Roo (and is she on a tear or what?). Heh, I'm not sure the feeling is mutual, but she's made a dress out of the same fabric that I went and bought 2+ yards for a similar purpose, she started knitting a stranded sweater around the same time I did ... and I love how we diverge as well, like the fact that I chose the brown Slope Park colorway to her blue, and the difference in motifs we selected for our stranded projects.
Paper Dolls!!! This pattern has been in my queue forever now, and wowza, until I started this baby I never dreamt that I would ever, ever want to knit something on size ONE needles. The needles were so narrow I thought I might break them!
And damnit, I'm wearing this baby to work. I do not care. It's adorable; I'll just pretend it's part of the fair isle craze (wait, the fashion industry did have a fair isle craze this past year, no?). It's my first stranded project, and there are so many great variations out there that I can honestly see knitting it up again with a different yoke motif.
Things I would do differently:
- I feel like I look like I'm popping out of this sweater because somehow my gauge shrunk and this sweater has a lot more negative ease than I was expecting. I might try knitting one size smaller on needles that are one size larger and hope it comes out to be a slightly looser sweater. We do think that would work, right?
- My gauge grew on the stranded sections. Either I need to size down a needle when stranding, or I should weave in my floats.
- The arms, as many others have mentioned, are tight. I would hold additional underarm stitches for grafting, and maybe cast on for arms that are 1 size larger.
- I have a bit of funny bunching where the body and arms meet. Might need fewer body stitches so that there's no bunching at the join. (Somehow between this and the above bullet point, the math is supposed to work out!)
- This is around the length that I normally prefer my sweaters and blouses to be, but the proportions of the sweater look off. I'd probably add another inch in length next time.
- I might do some MC short row shaping on the sleeves before I attach them to the body so that they are less "cap" and more "short sleeve."