What a swell swoncho it’s been.
I am often guilty of not posting finished shots of my projects here, and I didn’t want that to happen to my Simple Swoncho from MDK Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings.
It’s just too beautiful. So lovely that it overcomes my reluctance to wheedle a housemate into taking a few snaps of me prancing around the yard in a new knit.
First, some flat shots.
I don’t know much about photography, but I feel like I nailed photographer Gale Zucker’s sage instruction to get that good sidelight on the subject. I want to live in this blue—a shade Karida Collins calls Palisades.
The yarn—Neighborhood Fiber Company’s Organic Studio Worsted—is a springy delight on the needles, and a smooth revelation when blocked. Such well-behaved stitches, rich color, and suave drape.
What with the humidity and all, it took three days for this garment to dry after its soak in the Soak on Monday evening. Worth the wait!
And now, let’s take her out and see what she can do.
Oh look! It’s the neighbor lady doing a little pose ’n’ prance on the moss. Even at a distance, you get a sense of the proportions of the Simple Swoncho on the body. I love how it flanges out a little in the back, and the nice way it hangs: loose but not smocky.
Straight on. My ideal neckline, wide but not at risk of slipping off the shoulder.
Sleeves scrunched up, as per usual. I’m a sleeve-scruncher, always have been, always will be. My hands gotta be free.
Technical note: If you are a swatcher, you’ll know this before you start knitting the swoncho, but since I live a life that is open to surprise and wonderment, and generally do not swatch, the post-blocking growth of the Simple Swoncho amazed me. It’s maybe two inches longer than before blocking, and a good deal more ease-ful. I’m very glad I placed my sleeve openings a few inches higher than the pattern called for. (How I did this is explained here.)
What with the humidity and all, I’ve lovingly folded up Simple Swoncho in a well-ventilated drawer for the next few weeks. But come October, look out world, you are going to be seeing a lot of this swoncho.