This project post is long overdue. I finished this at least a month ago. I put off the seaming for about a month after I finished the knitting, and that took me at least 6 hours. Eeesh. This may be why I avoid seams so much! I think I could have done a little bit better on the mattress seam on the back, but I can live with it.

The pattern is called Shine by Grace Melville, and was published in Rowan Studio 20. I did not like the idea of knitting it out of solely cotton, as I thought it would sag too much over time (but maybe not with the seams), and plant fibers wear out my hands faster. Instead, I used Amy Butler Belle Organic DK, which is a delightfully springy half cotton, half wool blend. Hopefully I will be able to wear this as a dress in the fall and winter, and layered with a thin long sleeved shirt and tights and boots in the winter.

This is the largest project I think I have completed. I’m pretty happy with it. Other than a yarn change, I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern. I made the small size and used 8.5 balls of the Belle Organic DK. Maybe I’ll make some arm warmers to match for the winter…

The yarn seems like it might have a tendency to get fuzzy over time. It does come in a wide array of bright and fun colors, and the cotton/wool blend might lend it to a multitude of different projects.

I’m thrilled that I will finally get to go to Rhinebeck this year, for at least one of the days. I’m visiting and East Coast friend, and traveling to NYC with my fella, and luckily I’ve persuaded them that the sheep and wool fest is a good place to be. We’ll probably check out some of the Occupy Wall Street goings on as well. Hooray for fall break!

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