Perhaps seaming doesn't really take as long as I'd thought! I went into overdrive tonight, and stitched up the arms and sides, and it's finished! And really lovely.
Pattern: Chamomile from Rowan's Summer Tweed Collection, by Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Rowan Summer Tweed, color 537
Needles: unknown circular size 6 and Addi size 7
Modifications: None really... none that were intentional, at least.
I still need to get the lacing for the top part, but it's certainly wearable without it. If only the weather would cooperate!
This yarn as an interesting history. I originally bought four skeins at Colorful Stitches in Lenox, MA, with the intention of making Ginger from the same book. I started working on it, and discovered gauge issues early on. The project was frogged, and laid to rest. After a while, I discovered that Ginger wasn't going to work on my body, so the gauge problem was worthwhile!
Months, and maybe even a year later, we wandered into a (since closed) yarn store on the Upper East Side. I'd heard that there was a sale, and wanted to check it out. I decided to bring along a skein tag from the original four to see if I could find a match and get more Summer Tweed to make that nice little Chamomile, which had caught my eye. The Knitting Deity smiled: and lo, four skeins of Summer Tweed, in my color, in my dyelot, and 50% off.
After many years, a very satisfying payoff for a project that just couldn't get off the ground...
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