<p>Sometimes there is a pattern that comes along that is so easy, so simple and so perfect that it just…works.<img width="214" height="314" style="border: 0px none ; float: right; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="http://jessaluknits.com/uploads/Photos/SimpleVdone1.jpg" alt="" /> Before you know it you have knit a sweater that you wish you could get away with wearing every day. The <a target="_blank" href="http://jessaluknits.com/exit.php?url_id=499&amp;entry_id=109" title="http://www.glampyre.com/blog/archive/001230.php" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.glampyre.com/blog/archive/001230.php’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Easy V-Neck Raglan</a> snuck up on me with its quiet stockinette stitch and it’s wondrous top-down ease of construction. I love this sweater, it’s comfy and it’s warm and looks pretty darned good if I do say so myself. The yarn was purchased at Rhinebeck and this is my first 100% wool sweater. The stats for this project are:</p><p><img width="286" height="167" src="http://jessaluknits.com/uploads/Photos/Project-Stats4a.jpg" style="border: 0px none ; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" alt="" /></p><p /><p /><p /><p /><p /><p>Now other times there is a pattern that you have to reason with, argue with, swear at and finally wrestle into submission. That project for me was the Jaywalkers. I had a helluva time getting a gauge large <img width="209" height="205" style="border: 0px none ; float: left; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="uploads/Photos/jaywalkers3.jpg" alt="" />enough to fit over my heel because this fabric isn’t as giving as your basic chevron sock pattern. I finished them up at 2:30 this morning because as you know, once you reach the toe and make that first set of decreases you’re in it ’til the bitter end. I think they turned out pretty good, they’re comfy and warm and I’m wearing them as I write this ;o) This is also my first photo taken with my Ott Light wanna-be. See, deep down I’m a cheapskate – hard to tell, I know, what with all the yarn purchasing going on here. I will pay through the nose for a lovely, soft yarn however I skimp and save in other areas of my life – all<img width="261" height="188" style="border: 0px none ; float: right; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="uploads/Photos/jaywalkers2a.jpg" alt="" /> the more $$ for yarn ;o) I went to Joann’s with the full intent of purchasing an Ott light but when I got there and was faced with the Ott’s and the knockoffs I went with the knockoffs (which were also 1/2 off at the time – the Ott’s were, too but I figured if I spent $50 less I’d have $50 to spend at the <a title="The Periwinkle Sheep" target="_blank" href="http://jessaluknits.com/exit.php?url_id=500&amp;entry_id=109" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.periwinklesheep.com/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"><span title="Local Yarn Shop" class="serendipity_glossaryMarkup">LYS</span></a> later that day). It is still a full-spectrum light, it just doesn’t have the brand name on the side of it. It does a fairly good job showing the ‘true’ colors of the yarn however, it does wash them out just a little bit. These ended up being a little bit on the loose side which I’m hoping will be fixed when I put them in the dryer. Yes, I said ‘dryer’ ;o) The stats for this project:</p><p><img width="314" height="184" style="border: 0px none ; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="http://jessaluknits.com/uploads/Photos/Project-Stats5a.jpg" alt="" /></p><p /><p /><p /><p /><p /><p /><p /><p /><p>Now, I also said that I had a question for you all. As you know, I am knitting the Huntington Castle sweater for the Knitting Olympics. This sweater calls for buttons. Which means I have to pick out buttons AND<img width="90" height="90" style="border: 0px none ; float: right; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="uploads/Buttons/JHB92545.jpg" alt="" /> because of the rules of the Olympics I have to <i>have</i> the buttons and <i>attach</i> the buttons before the end of the Olympics on the 26th. I’m hoping you all can help me with this decision. I have narrowed down the choices to two – the first being this lovely button which we will hereafter refer to as ‘Exhibit A’. I also have a second choice (not that it is my second choice or anything, it’s just the second button that I picked out). This button will hereafter be <img width="92" height="88" style="border: 0px none ; float: left; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="http://jessaluknits.com/uploads/Buttons/JHB92777.jpg" alt="" />referred to as ‘Exhibit B’. Exhibit B has the Scottish Thistle on it which appeals to me because I am Scottish however, I’m not so sure that the colors on the button will work with the colors of the sweater. You see, I’m not going with the colors that are shown in the photo on the cover of the IK. I’m knitting the body in a gray that is a little darker than the one shown and the pattern will be knit in a dark red. <a title="Check out the colors I’m using" target="_blank" href="http://jessaluknits.com/exit.php?url_id=501&amp;entry_id=109" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_display.aspx?itemid=5420103′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Mist and Hollyberry</a>, to be exact. (WHICH JUST SHOWED UP!! YAY!! *happy dance*). So, please let me know which button you think would work best on this sweater. I can’t promise I’ll go with the winner of the poll but I can promise that I’ll take it into serious consideration! </p><p /><p><center><script src="http://www.blogpoll.com/poll/view_Poll.php?type=java&poll_id=42799" language="javascript"></script></p></center>

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