I finally finished Silverbelle while I was out in San Francisco and I was so grateful for its warmy goodness on my last day there.
But it wasn't until I got to Maine that I had time to do a proper photo shoot, so here it is in all it's glory on the rocks of Whitehead Island.
(photos taken by Shannon Okey -- thanks again Shannon).
I used Rowan All Season Cotton (Dusk) and I would certainly recommend it as a good wool-free alternative Aran-weight. It gives great stitch definition, it's not too heavy, and it has a nice warmth to it. However, it has more drape than you might like, especially in a piece as bottom heavy as this. As soon as I stitched on the peplum the empire waist dropped a good two inches. As I've worn it, it's dropped another half inch to an inch I think -- I'm glad now that I allowed for that when choosing the length, but unfortunately, due to the design, the sleeves are part of the yoke so that stretched too and the fabric under the arms is a bit more baggy than I had hoped.
You may recall I had trouble finding suitable buttons. Well, if you can't find buttons on the East Coast, check the West Coast (and vice versa).
The gals I met at Artfibers had told me to go to Britex Fabric store in San Francisco (which was conviently nearby) and I went up to the third floor and found buttons of every description. That place is amazing.
The clerk there took at look at my shoes, a look at the sweater and decided these buttons were the right match for both of us. I agree, I'm pretty happy with them.
I might add a small snap at the cable collar because it gapes just a little, or maybe I'll just loosen the bind-off.
I'm looking forward to getting lots of wear out of it over the next few months.
I've just got back from knitting camp so I have lots more exciting things to share as soon as I get settled again.