finally got the FO shoot in! whoo!

FO: Slow News Day Sweater
(i’m looking at some sea glass here, btw. or… lake glass?)

jill and i went down to the beach to take pictures. it was a fairly nice day, in the context of the week (it don’t feel like no stinkin’ spring day, however), but being down by the water always makes it a bit brisker, so i borrowed jill’s finding north hat for the duration.

FO: Slow News Day Sweater

FO: slow news day <–ravelry project page

pattern: broadcast sweater
yarn: paton’s classic wool worsted in moss mix, just over 4 skeins (in terms of yardage… in actuality, it’s from 5 different skeins), around 900 yards
needles: US size 8 (5.0mm)

FO: Slow News Day Sweater

i wasn’t too sure how i would feel about an entire sweater’s worth of seed stitch, as i can sometimes get a little impatient with it in smaller doses. i don’t know why, exactly, but it was totally fine. maybe there was just a zen attitude inherent when there is no other stitch that you’re working towards? and the texture is really sublime. i love the cable raglan lines, too.

FO: Slow News Day Sweater

my yarn came from three different dye lots. it made for some exciting color shifts. i did my best to minimize it by alternating between the skeins every row. if you look back at when i straight up changed skeins instead of alternating, you can see that the alternating actually did quite a bit to make the shift less apparent. at least, i think so.

i’ve been worried about this sweater being too big since that picture, and you know what? it kind of is… i don’t think i’m willing to go back and re-knit the entire sweater in a smaller size, so for now i’m just living with it. at some point in the future, i might throw it in the dryer for a few minutes and see if i can get it to shrink up. this was entirely my fault, though. i cast on for a larger size than i actually am (i can’t remember what my thinking was in making that decision) and i never did a swatch to check gauge, so of course, my gauge is larger. file that under ‘duh, eliza, duh. always swatch for sweaters.’ and wash the swatch. because i think the seed stitch loosened up a fair bit. for example, i was pretty sure i’d knit 3/4 length sleeves. post blocking? yeah, those sleeves are pretty much full length.

FO: Slow News Day Sweater

i’m still fairly unexperienced at sweaters. now i’ve made four full size sweaters: twenty four (which i NEVER wear, too big and too scratchy), big bear beast (which needs a little modifying), mysterious oceanic soul (which i LOVE), and now this guy. the more i knit them, the more i like them, though. i have a couple other sweater plans dancing around in my head, now. more on that later.

FO: Slow News Day Sweater

the original boatneck neckline for this sweater is a little high for me. i modified it to kind of a scoopneck, which i like a lot.

FO: Slow News Day Sweater

and, hey, just for kicks, here’s the clip of britta that informed my naming of this sweater:

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