As the last button was sewn into place, as the last of the finishing was complete, as this saga of a sweater journey came to an end, my breath caught, and I sat in stunned silence. A silence of peace, of inner prayer, of simple joy. This journey now moves into a new phase, a phase of giving warmth, softness, luxury, and a gigantic hug from Kim. Glorious!
Kim's Kashmir yarn has survived this journey in grand fashion. She was knit into another sweater, completely frog, washed, and then, continued on her journey to once again be knit, frogged, tinked and knit again. She came out of it all looking like Cinderella at the ball. A knitter must be grateful for a yarn that is willing to do what it needs to do and become something to love. This yarn, fortunately, continues to be beautiful, elegant and splendid.
Anne's Sprössling pattern is well written with simple finishing techniques for a happy ending. The only modification I made was to add 3" of length before the waist shaping. (After trying it on I realized 2" would have been enough, but I am happy.) Oh and, a little extra on the sleeves, too.
The lovely tiny buttons were found at Blazing Needles, a LYS with a spectacular selection. (Buttons for Que Sera were also found, but we'll save that for another day.) Because of the added length extra buttons were needed.
The simplicity of garter stitch hems and edges compliment the elegance of the lace. There was no fussing or futzing the numbers for the neck band to look good. Everything simply fell into place as the sweater came together. The front band pickup was magical, as the first time I tried, the band had no excess, nor was it too small.
The knitting journey is over and it's been quite a humbling path. This sweater had it's way with me (all difficulties my own and not the yarn nor the pattern) and it took awhile for me to realize the journey was NOT hard, and that it was my own angst and inability that stopped me from moving forward. When I (finally) broke through that wall, I knew all was well.