Since I can't seem to actually sit down and write something when I have time on the weekends, here's the promised notes from my experience with making the Milk Maiden pullover, plus some other observations.
Well, it was an interesting knit. It came out nicely, but I ended up winging a lot of little changes, despite the fact that I actually took the time to sit down and plan out how I was going to shorten this sweater. This is because it has an odd construction in the sleeve area and is shaped. I don't have much of an issue with shaping. I was worried about screwing up the sleeve construction, having never done something like it before (it involves doing half the sleeve, and then attaching the sleeve to the sweater by decreases, which creates the sleeve cap. It also means that the sleeve width is the height of the sleeve, something I figured out a tad too late). However, I did manage to get the sleeves on mostly right. Yay me.
Oh, and while I was stupid and didn't write every change I made down, I did get a good chunk of them onto my Raverly for this project (the details may be a little lacking, but heh). But since I'm being lazy, I'm not linking. My profile link's on the side bar if you're really interested.
The Yarn Used
Madelinetosh yarn....oh, I love your colors, I love the way the color looks in this sweater, but you bleed, and bleed, and bleed! I set you in vinegar three times, I put so much into the water that it had to be half vinegar, but every time I took you out of the vinegar, you still bled! How do I set your pretty colors? How? Three times I've had to block projects made out of you, and all three times I couldn't stop the yarn from bleeding. Oye.
1) I actually saw someone knitting on the subway a week or so ago. I've never actually seen someone else knit in public, and here was this woman sitting on the crowded subway, merrily knitting away. I tried taking a sneaky picture (yeah, I know, it's a little creepy), but the camera in my phone sucks and the subway was too crowded. (I should note that I don't knit on the subway since I have a very short ride on it).
2) I then finished a hat (it is a present) and a short scarf (probably will be a present) with the alpaca from Rhinebeck. I now have another hat to do (another present), maybe another project that will also be a present, and a bunch of baby stuff since I now have another relative that's expecting. I would usually be 'yay' happy about the baby stuff, but I was kind of hoping to start on a cardigan for myself. You know, so I stop wearing the same store-bought one to work every day. Oh well. It'll give me a chance to clear out some of the baby yarn in my stash, given that I'm not over-estimating my knitting abilities again (Which I am. Can I really do two sweaters after a hat and [retracted] before buying some nicer yarn to make a nicer baby sweater?).
3) I really want to know where the phrase 'sharpen your knitting needles' came from. My mom said it to me when announcing the baby news. I've never heard that before, and I've never heard of being able to sharpen your needles. Probably because I use metal ones. A web search for another day.