Country Girl

Ellette and I went into the hills behind Joann’s house this morning to take pictures of her swing coat.  It is an absolutely gorgeous day.  Just warm enough for a heavy sweater with brilliant blue and cloudless skies.  Being out here in the country really slows you down so you appreciate it more.  Soon, we will be heading back to a big bustling city.  For now, we play.

You can see that there is no snow.  In winters past, this was the hill we would all clamber up with sleds and snowboards to fly down.  So far this year it has been clear skies and warmer temps.

I have ti fix the button on this and add another.  I made the button hole a little too loose.

It is still unblocked.  When I get home I will be able to steam block it and smooth out the wrinkles and stitches.  It is just a little too big, which is fantastic.  I made the sleeves about two inches too long, but we discovered that if we roll the cuff past the garter ridges, it is the perfect length and still looks great, so in the finishing process I took a little yarn and stitched the cuffs down.

Pattern: Swing Thing by Theresa Belville; Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in color 9453.  I used two balls of it, which is a lot but totally worth it.  I used a smaller needle than the yarn recommends for a tighter gauge, more durable, dense fabric, and what I had hoped would be a size 7.  I made a sweater out of this yarn before at the recommended gauge and it is pilling and lumpy.  These stitches are even, clean, and distinct by comparison, and I get the feeling that, if I can drill Ellette on proper care for the sweater, it will last a long time.

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