I had to stay up until 12:30 last night, but I finished Joe's wedding gift in the nick of time! We are having a party tomorrow for our family members that can't come to Aruba for the wedding, and I really wanted to finish the sweater so I could give it to him then. Well, here it is:
(Sorry for the ridiculously bad picture. I think the carpet in my cubicle freaked my camera out) It is Cheesy Puffs from Knitty (I am a free pattern whore, apparently). He really wanted the orange yarn like the pattern calls for, but I cannot trust him with 100% anything. Plus, 100% alpaca in a bulky yarn just sounds really hot to me. I looked and looked for bulky weight, partly acrylic, bright orange yarn, but oddly enough, there is not an abundance of it around. Who knew? I actually found the perfect yarn (Opera Feza) when my LYS went out of business, but there were only 3 balls of the orange and no other store on the entire planet had any more of it. ANYWAY!
I used Plymouth Encore chunky (perfect substitute!)
I knit the body and the sleeves in the round inside out. (reduced purling)
I knit the collar in seed stitch (to match the waist band and cuffs)
This was actually pretty fun (and quick) to knit. I loved torturing him every 5 minutes to try it on, take measurements, asking his opinion and then doing the opposite. It was great! It took me exactly 2 months to knit (it was my MAIN project, not my only project).
I'll try to talk him into some modeled shots after I give it to him tomorrow. I know I always promise these things and never deliver, but we're going to brunch on Sunday and I know I can guilt him into wearing it when we go. Stay tuned!