Oh boy! (Or girl as the case may be.) The brisk fall breeze, swirling with golden leaves, chills just enough to warrant a sweater. Hurray! All those cardigans I've made since spring can finally make their autumn debuts.
Under Toad. On a cool October evening, I pulled on my cardi and headed to dinner with friends. The best news is that no one asked me if I'd made my sweater. I always wait for that question - and am convinced if asked that the sweater must look homemade, not handmade. But this time, no one noticed or at least bothered to mention it. I smiled inside though, happy with the fit and stripes, too.
Next, I donned a denim skirt and my pink Laura Petrea for a date with the beloved boyfriend. Tom never needs to ask if I've made my sweater; he's sat beside me for millions of stitches holding my arm while we watched TV - and I knit. Somehow, however, he managed to tell me I looked pretty. He's a good boyfriend. :-)
I was pretty happy with the Laura Petrea, but frankly it didn't fit as well as the Under Toad. I learned a lot making this Amy Herzog pattern, including the princess-style darts she uses to fit her garments. They rock! So much more becoming than side seam shaping. But the upper bodice didn't fit so well. When it came time to make the Under Toad, I took all those lessons learned and managed to fix the upper bodice so it fit perfectly. No gaps, no pulls, enough room for my busty bustline and small enough in the back to remove the extraneous fabric.
And then yesterday, I pulled out the Waltham. I've been dying to wear this because I love the luscious shawl collar and the mellow blue Ultra Alpaca. My plan was to wear the Waltham with a pair of jeans and a burgundy gingham collared shirt to a casual business meeting. Psyched, I pulled on the cardigan - and literally froze. The Waltham is pretty. It's fine. It really is. But it doesn't fit well and certainly not well enough to wear to a client meeting. Off it went. I wore a commercially made cardigan instead - and thought of the 4,000 things I'd do differently to improve the fit. (And no, I'm not going to reknit this. Onward and upward.)