I'm almost finished with the back of the Waltham, thank God. I can't wait to block this baby and move on to the fronts. My KAL pals say the fronts speed by in comparison, which is good news.
While I'm not completely satisfied with my Waltham, I am happy with the shaping which has turned out exactly as I'd planned and envisioned. Take a look at the original schematic and the resulting sweater. How amazing that I could actually do this! Sorry, I'm still in awe of my burgeoning abilities and am therefore modesty deficient at the present time. :-)
What I'm displeased about is the yarn. Berroco Ultra Alpaca, the worsted version, is my perennial favorite, so I figured using the Light, a DK weight, would be great. But I'm not liking it. Maybe if it was knitted at a tighter gauge I'd be happier, but then I wouldn't meet gauge for this sweater. Again, I'm hoping it looks better when it's blocked, but now it looks wrinkled and disheveled and I don't like it. :-(
It doesn't help that I've seen the KAL participants' sweaters in a heftier alpacas and wools. Check out Dottie's beautiful Waltham in Filatura Lanarota Puno, for example. It's lush and thick and squishy and huggable and 100 percent alpaca.
Mary-Kate's Waltham takes the cake though. She's using the ubiquitous Cascade 220. I never dreamed this workhorse yarn would be so perfect for a cabled cardi. I adore the bright blue, too. Don't the cables look gorgeous?
Ditto and Diamond Yoke cardigans because I didn't use the best yarns. It's a little discouraging to get all the way to the end and know that if you'd just picked another yarn, you'd be satisfied.
Oh well, here's hoping my ugly duckling Waltham somehow blooms into a beautiful swan.