Good thing we snapped a picture of the sweater yesterday. Today a storm has come in and it’s so cold that the rain might turn to snow. What a wonderful day to wear a warm sweater.
Now that I’ve had a chance to actually use a woolly board, I would recommend it to any one who thinks they’ll be knitting lots of Fair Isle sweaters. It stretches the sweater a bit while drying so that any irregularities in the knitted fabric are straightened out.
When starting this sweater I intended to shorten it by one lengthwise repeat because I like sweaters to hang well above my hips. However once the body was half way done I got cold feet after checking my tension. At that point it looked like my row gauge would make the sweater a few centimeters shorter and I was afraid that taking out one lengthwise repeat would make it way too short. Now that it’s been dressed on the woolly board, I wish I would have shortened it. Oh, that’s not to say I don’t like it. The length won’t keep me from wearing it but it’s a good lesson for my future sweater projects. It’s quite easy to adjust the length and/or width a couple of inches when using a woolly board.
What’s next? I must really get started on those fingerless gloves. I’m also very tempted by another VY kit. But wait, I also have lots of fiber to spin.