It had been a long time since I'd really designed anything, and I was allowing self-doubt to creep in. But the yarn was extremely demanding. It almost took over the design process. I started sketching out an idea--boat neck, lace, A-line, raglan sleeves. The boat neck sort of surprised me. I've never knit a boat-neck sweater before. I don't even own any boat neck shirts. Where did that come from?
Then, one weekend in late October, I pulled out the Kettle Tweed swingy lace pullover and tackled it in earnest. I literally did nothing but knit all day Saturday. Sunday was more of the same, with a pause every once in a while to switch the loads of laundry. Even so, I didn't quite get it done. I still had the bottom band to do. That Monday night after work, it was done. I tried it on right away and was instantly in love. However, I knew it needed a good blocking before it was fit for public eyes.
A quick bath and block,
What I thought was going to be a long-ish, tunic-length sweater was suddenly a dress. I couldn't be happier. I love it. It is comfortable, worn with leggings and a cami, and, of course, my "Sith-kicking Jedi boots." The first day I wore it to work, a co-worker took these pics: