start date: 27th december 2007
finish date: 19th january 2008
yarn: rowan yorkshire tweed chunky, shade 556 "flaming", 8.5 balls (850 grams/930 yards)
needles: 8mm addi turbo circular
pattern: based extremely loosely on this free pattern, with a large number of modifications. i opted to knit it as much in one piece as i could, to avoid seaming up a chunky yarn (i hate doing that, and it never looks smooth). i knitted the sleeves in the round up to the armpits, and the body in one piece back & forth up to the armpits as well. i then joined all pieces onto one needle and worked the yoke back & forth as one piece, using raglan decreases to shape the shoulders. the original pattern is a very extreme A-line shape, and i wanted mine to be less "swingy", so i cast on fewer stitches along the bottom edge and worked less decreases up the sides (my sweater is still an A-line shape, but less pronounced than the original). i also worked the double moss stitch band along the bottom edge, and made up the collar as i went along. it seems to have worked out ok!
it's so cozy & warm, i've been wearing it practically non-stop since i finished it. there's been a serious lack of natural light here recently, which is why the pictures are so delayed. but this flaming red cozy knit has been making up for the grayness...