Wow! I know, this is abnormal, two days, two blog posts! Well, I had to share right away.
I finished my mom's sweater! According to Rav, I don't even know when I started this, but I finished the knitting sunday, and finished the sewing everything up last night (I like seaming!).
I think I started in Ocotber or somewhere around that, and I took a break for Christmas knitting, so I think with all things accounted for, this maybe took a month and a half. I used Valley Yarns Northampton. This is the 3rd time I've used this yarn for a sweater. I made myself a sweater out of it, my boyfriend and now my mom. I really suggest it if you're not quite a sweater knitter yet - it's $5 a ball, 247 yards. This sweater took 5 balls. You really get a lot of bang for the buck. My sweater is the one I've had the longest - 2 years now, and it's pilling but not excessively. Northampton is not the softest yarn, but $25 = a sweater! And the colors! Ok, now I'm gushing....
But. As for the pattern: Girl Friday. At first, I wasn't so into it. I thought my mom would like it but I didn't really like it. First, the lace pattern grew on me. Now that it's blocked, it's less textural but still has a nice "bump" going, like cables only they're not. The shawl collar makes it feel cozier I think, and the lace makes it stretchy so it fits nicely and doesn't need a lot of shaping.
However. I totally forgot about it while knitting the fronts, but I did do some waist shaping in the back! But, it was only about 4 sts each side so it didn't end up making a difference. Other than that, my only other mods were the length - I think I knit it about 3" longer than the pattern called for. And, I knit the sleeves in the round (much more complicated than I thought).
Pattern: Girl Friday
Yarn: Valley Yarns Northampton, Midnight heather. 4.8ish skeins.
Needles: Size 8 Knitpicks interchangables.
Buttons are from Joann's, they're coconut. Nice and lightweight.