I have some actual exciting progress to show you on my Shepherd sweater! (Design by Kate Davies, yarn by the amazing Juniper Moon Farm -- you can STILL get kits to make your own Shepherd or Shearer sweater right here!) This post is pretty photo heavy :)
Since my last update, I finished all the knitting and wove in lots of ends. First, I finished the hood knitting! Soooo much seed stitch.
Then I handled all the yarn ends lurking on the inside of the sweater. Some people don't enjoy finishing work and find it kind of a chore; I actually really love it! It feels so tidy and orderly, and the results are super gratifying.
Next up, blocking! I ran into a little speed bump... the sweater was way too big to fit into my sink, where I usually wash handknits.
The solution? The bathtub of course!
After a nice, loooong bath in warm water and Soak wash (I have the special Ravelry scent, and I love it!), I squeezed it out, squished in a towel, and laid it out for blocking. This sweater needs a fairly firm blocking hand, to make the cables really stand out properly and to get the right size. I blocked to a combination of pattern measurements and my own modifications (for example, I made the sleeves shorter, because my arms are shorter :) )
Since the sweater is kind of hefty, it's still drying. (Well, also because I live in a very damp rainy place, and that's not helping it to hurry up and dehumidify.) Hopefully in a couple of days I'll have a dry, finished sweater to show you, with buttons sewn on and everything! I did get buttons, and I looooove them. More on that next time :)