Between my nerdy little spinning project and making more baby hats, I have plenty of things to make at the moment. But what am I really working on right now? Spinning and knitting a sweater for myself. So much for maintaining a reasonable number of works in progress.
At this point, I'm done spinning the yarn and have just started the sweater. The yarn is from 8 ounces of a wonderfully tweedy roving that I purchased at the Midwest Alpaca Festival, which I made into a slightly lumpy two-ply bulky-weight. I don't have a lot of this yarn, but it should be enough to make a small version of the Liesl sweater.
Maybe you won't be surprised that I could not wait to cast this sweater on when I tell you it was designed by Ysolda Teague. (All I can say is that there are worse things to obsess about that knitting every pattern in a particular designer's catalog.) But it really is a lovely design and very flexible when it comes to yardage. Which is good, because I don't have a lot of this yarn.
The one thing I'm already starting to regret about knitting this sweater is that, due to the shortage in yarn, I won't be able to make a version that is most flattering to my figure. I'll probably end up with a short-length, short-sleeve sweater, when I would really like a moderate-length, 3/4-sleeve sweater.
This is especially weighing on my mind after reading this wonderful Fit to Flatter series of tutorials. I highly recommend this tutorial and its guidance for choosing the right sweater design (or making the right modifications) for your body type. While I don't think I'll be using her advice for this particular sweater, I will definitely be keeping her extremely helpful tips in mind for the next sweater I make.