Ah, what to say about this project? Where on earth to start? Every single part of it was a joy: the excitement of seeing the pattern when it first came out, picking out the yarn, knitting that amazing cable chart, pulling it on for the first time when the seaming was all done...from start to finish, it was totally rewarding (and I haven't even worn it out yet...my head's going to explode when that time comes, lol!).
I suppose you want some details, so: this is Ondawa, a pattern from Brooklyn Tweed's fisherman knits-inspired fall 2014 collection. Also, I did not knit this with Loft. Remember when I was super excited that my LYS had started carrying Brooklyn Tweed yarn? And yet, I seem to be doing whatever I can to avoid actually using it! I don't know what my problem is (that's a lie: it's money!), but I chose to make this instead with Hikoo's Kenzie (a blend of merino, nylon, angora, alpaca, and silk noils). I have a feeling the gauge is slightly bigger than actual Loft, but don't know this for sure because once again: pas de gauge swatch! Not that it matters a whole lot, because I made the second smallest size and it's meant to have quite a bit of ease.
And since we're talking about sizing, I should probably mention some of the weird stuff I did to get the fit I wanted. I didn't particularly want a crop top, mainly because I didn't want to have to wear something underneath it, so I added two more repeats of the central cable. I also didn't want to be swimming in it (19 inches of ease, wtf?), so made a much smaller size than the pattern recommended. And then (because why stop there?), I also made the shoulders wider than the hem when I blocked it. And after all, it fits pretty swell!
This is probably the second most challenging project I've attempted after Exeter, but it's not actually difficult: there's no in-pattern shaping, the cables are all clearly charted, and you're basically just knitting four rectangles. So maybe challenging is the wrong word...ambitious, maybe? Impressive? Then again, I'm always impressed when I do something besides stockinette, so it's good to raise the bar a little now and then.
Oh, and almost forgot the best part: this was done entirely sans cabling needle! I kinda hate the whole "slip 3 stitches to a cable needle and hold in front/back, knit whatever from left needle, tear your hair out cuz this is taking so long, etc etc". Soooooo, I looked up how to cable without the fuss of an extra needle in the way, and found a couple of tutorials. Basically, you re-arrange the stitches on your left needle so that they're sitting in the order you need to knit them in. Some folks would probably find this more of a pain in the ass than just using a cable needle, but not me! Especially when you're cabling every five seconds (sometimes just a single stitch), like in this pattern. So yay, learned something new!
There are actually quite a few Ondawas in progress on Ravelry right now, and I'm really looking forward to seeing more of them as finished projects. If you have one in progress and have any questions, feel free to ask!