You know why this year sucks? Because four of Japan's regular national holidays fall on Saturdays meaning that I miss out on four free days off. Today is one of those days. I think subliminally that affected my morning. I just couldn't decide what to wear today, so I took the morning off work. Man, is there anything more civilized than taking the morning off work to have a long shower, a walk in the park, and a coffee and conversation in the sunshine with your sweetie. I was able to get to work in a non-crowded train, and have a full 45 minute swim before starting work (usually a rushed 30 minutes in my lunchbreak).
Ok - I could have spent the morning tweaking the photos of Forecast but decided to leave them as is. This is an awesome pattern. Thanks Stephanie! Why is it awesome? Because it is knit in one piece, top down (why knit clothing any other way??), there is no shaping but it still looks fitted, and it is a quick interesting textural knit. I loved knitting with Rowan Cork and it is soft against the skin and super warm (I ended up wearing it to work 3 out of 5 days and was considering wearing it again today).
- Pattern: Forecast by Stephanie Japel (size 36.5 inch chest)
- Yarn: 9 and a half balls Rowan Cork (now discontinued) I would never have chosen this colour but it was the only yarn I had lying around that I got gauge with.
- Needles: US 8 and 10 (I think)
- Buttons: yellow vintage flowers from my collection (that I amassed a few months ago when I was addicted to buying vintage buttons off ebay)
- Pattern changes: I copied Winnie's awesome version of forecast and started the lower border on the sleeves at the elbow to give it a more fitted look, the garter stitch for the sleeve would have been just too baggy. I also decreased an additional six sts when starting the lower border on the sleeve. And I added about an inch and a half or two inches to the body before starting the border and also added an additional 10 rows to the lower border on the body. The extra length was a real winner. I also left out the bobbles and just knitted a simple 4x4 cable - a lot less going on and I didn't have to look at any chart!!
A full-length shot
Too far away you say. Ok, here's a closer one.
Whoa too close - your face is freaking me out. Take a few steps back already.
That's better. And a close-up.