(I know, I know - two posts in one day. I'm just so excited! After all the turmoil there's a happy ending. ::Grin:: Just had to share!)
I must confess, though, I did commit murder in the process. Yes, that's right, I had to kill the acrylic:
See how nice & flat those stitches are? All done in about 2 minutes with my steam iron. I resorted to "killing" because the yarn is 60% acrylic, 40% viscose. In other words, unblockable. When I tried it on pre-steaming, the sides did NOT meet across my chest. Well, they met, but the strain was palpable. (Will the button pop? Will the stitches pull? Does she really want to flash an entire restaurant at some future date?) It was also, as anticipated, about 4" too short - 2" taken up by the strain of pulling across my chest! However, I didn't panic - I just got my iron hot, baby. ::wink::
And, dear readers, it worked:
You know what amazes me the most? That bright lime green actually looks good on me. (In my humble opinion of course!)
The back (a little blurry):
Killing the acrylic took away all the lace puckers & now the fabric is flat & drapey. Just how I like it. Plus I managed to pull another 2 inches out of both the width & the length. I'm a happy camper.
So - here are the stats:
- Pattern: "CeCe" by Bonne Marie
- Yarn: 8 skeins of Schachenmayr Nomotta "Lipomo"
- Needles: Denise, size 8. In retrospect, not the best choice for this sticky yarn. Addis would've been better.
- Modifications: Because the yarn was heavier than what Bonne Marie intended, I had to make the smallest size (I believe a 36) in order to end up with a 40. I'm glad I didn't go bigger - this sweater's fit should be on the small side. Other than needle/yarn size, there were no other modifications.
Why I like Bonne Marie's patterns: They just work. Period. You don't have to worry & futz & wonder about mistakes. She makes knitting that could get complicated incredibly easy. She is a knitting pattern Goddess. So there. ::wink::
One problem with this, through no fault of the pattern, is that the back of the neck bows out quite a bit. I could try & gather it up but honestly, it doesn't bother me enough for me to bother with it. My hair usually hangs down far enough to cover the back anyway.
Whew! I'm going to cast on one or two things tonight & glory in the fact that CeCe is DONE! Boring, mind-numbing stockinette....here I come!!!!