Finally, after four tries, the buttonband has passed muster.
Compare those sleek bands with these ruffled beauties! Last fall, when Marie and I visited after Rhinebeck, Claudia gave me some suggestions for taking the ripple out of the band. I had already decreased the number of stitches that the pattern called for but Claudia suggested that when I was binding off, that I should knit the two garter rib stitches together, every 3rd rib. The made all the difference!
She also helped me with that dreaded hem flip on The Refined Aran. I switched to a little reverse stockinette rolled hem. I used that on the body, sleeves, and even the pocket edge.
I had time to block it last week but it still sits unsewn. Who knows? Maybe tomorrow I can get started on it.
In honor of two finished (okay, one is almost) sweaters I cast on for Chic Knit's Twist. I'm using a lovely heathery rust, Cascade 220 Heathers, in Japanese Maple (2435).
It has a great cable pattern. Just enough to make it interesting but not so much that it slows you down. The photos are a little washed out. In reality this is a very rich deep shade of rust.
It's progressing nicely and with any luck I'll be up to the armholes by the end of the weekend.