It is finished.
Would one say that I'm fully happy with it? No. But it's over now and I really don't want to think about how difficult this thing was to put together. The knitting was the easy part. Blocking, a cinch. Everything blocked to exactly the right measurements. The assembly, well, it started to take its toll.
Here is my issue with this pattern (I think we all knew this was coming): there are no instructions on assembly whatsoever. You cannot expect a person to just magically put this thing together correctly without even a hint of how to go about it. There are schematics for the front/back and sleeve pieces but no schematics on a finished, put together sweater. Not even a measurement on how wide the head opening should be. Oh yeah, and that error in the saddles? You need to decrease every row not every other row. It will not fit. Let me give you some measurements. The saddle of the shoulder will measure a total of 8.75". The top of the neck measures a total of 13.25". Am I the only one realizing that even if you start seaming on the little decreased piece on each side (only 1.5") that will still leave an extra 1.25" leftover with no where to go? Ok, and what about the shoulder decreases? That should be a total of 8.25" which will be seamed to a piece that should measure 7.25". Hello Mr. Discrepancy.
I'm pointing to where the saddle should begin to be seamed on the shoulder. And I realize it's weird that my ring is on my index finger but my fingers get real skinny in the winter and my rings fall of, so I've switched fingers for a bit.
Either way, I guess I should be happy that at least Adam's head will fit through the sweater now.
I've re-blocked it to measurement (again). I don't know if I'll be particularly sad if he doesn't wear this sweater much. Despite all the work I've put into it, I'm kind of angry with the sweater. I think the thing that makes me so angry is that my brother's sweater, knit from 2500 miles away without ever actually seeing my brother and using only my merely adequate math skills, fits like a freaking glove. It's kind of heartbreaking. On the bright side, I joined the Knits Men Want group on Ravelry to get some help with this sweater, entered a giveaway and won one of the samples knit in this book (the green one). So at least Adam will have one handknit sweater this year.
On a note regarding the yarn, I love Wool of the Andes! It's definitely not as rough as I thought it may be and was very hardy. I only found a couple knots in a few skeins and considering I used a total of maybe 13 skeins, I think that's doable. If you're looking for a reasonably priced wool to use for a garment, I would go for this one.
Pattern: Baseball Jersey by Bruce Weinstein
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Onyx Heather and Arctic Pool Heather
Began: November 20
Completed: January 16, 2011
And since you've now read through all the complaining, how about I announce the blogiversary winner?
The winner is #23
Thank you for your readership. I'll be trying to contact you this week or you can email me so I can send you your prize! Happy knitting!