Brier is one of the nicest fitting sweaters I have ever knit and will be a main part of my wardrobe for years to come. At first the Black Water Abbey yarn was stiff and hard to knit. Because of my tendency to knit rather tight, a rustic yarn can be difficult to work. After the first piece was finished and blocked it was evident the yarn softened and relaxed enough to make a beautiful, yet sturdy fabric. Knowing that made continuing on a easier.
There are several interesting details on Brier. The seam down the back was worrisome in the beginning but, it looks fab and there is no discomfort from the welt. The sleeve seams and button cuffs give the jacket a classic, tailored look that compliments the front lapels. The cuff on the sleeves and bottom hem on the sweater are knit in garter stitch, with the body continuing in stockinette.
As each piece was finished I washed and blocked to insure that everything would fit together nicely. When it come time to sew it all up, it was like fitting puzzles pieces together. Two parts to the back and each sleeve took more time to sew, but added the details that set Brier off. The collar again was knit separately and had to be fit in place. Then came the buttons on the cuff and down the front. It was a thrill to slip her on and see that everything did work, did fit, and fit me as well.
Brier's color makes her hard to photograph. Sun washes out the detail and shadows darken her too much. Hopefully you can get the idea with the two pictures below.
Brier is one fine lady, a joy to wear, and the finished product has sold me on Black Water Abbey yarns. This proves, once again, that the small grower/producers of yarn really have something special, something better than the norm. The color Bluestack just might make it to my stash someday soon. In the mean time, because my first thought for the BWA KAL was a different sweater in three colors, there is enough left over to knit a second sweater. I think another Ribby Cardi will be my future (would these colors look fab?).