Now that the Peacock Feathers Shawl is behind me, I have launched into starting other big projects and finishing up other small projects. The one project that I am starting is the Leaves In Relief from the Fall 2005 issue of Knitty.com. I had been hoping to have some company in knitting this but I cannot find anyone on the Internet that has started this sweater or who seems like they are actually planning to knit it. It is such a beautiful sweater but I think that all of the charts are scaring some people away. My life, on the other hand, is filled with wiping bums and cleaning up baby spit-up so I am finding that unless it includes complex charts I am not interested. I think I need something to keep my brain moving.
Anyhow I have started that first sleeve in silver sage Nature Spun that I purchased from the LYS. I have just been plowing through chart B and have found it quite easy and engaging after I got going. A lot of people have commented that they don't like the sleeve on this sweater. That was my initial reaction but I like the way the leaves compliment the twin trees. Now that I am actually knitting the leaves, I love them. I have been trying to think of a way to adapt the stitch pattern to a hat maybe.
So far I am loving this pattern. My only reservation is that it seems very fitted and I am not sure how it will look on me. I have been thinking that maybe a few sit-ups and 10 less pounds will compliment the sweater better. Maybe it will motivate me.
By the way, thank you to everyone who commented on my Peacock Feathers Shawl. I have been rushing to my computer each day to see what people have to say. It is such a feeling of accomplishment to finish such a complex piece. Thank you!