I finally carved out enough time to finish Maeve, and Friday afternoon, Mom popped over and we did an impromptu photoshoot in the backyard.
1) Other knitters mentioned that the cast on of the first cuff didn't match the cast off of the second cuff.
2) It allowed me to adjust the back width easier. I made mine an inch less wide than the pattern, but I probably could have gone a touch smaller.
model in the pattern is tall and willowy, I've got a heck of a lot more curves - especially at the hips. The last thing I needed was a bunch of rolling bulky sweater drawing more attention to them. To combat this, I made use of short rows. Starting at the bottom centre back, I worked a series of short rows so their was more depth towards the top than the bottom. I still get the big cozy collar, but without all the extra fabric around the hips.
Now for particulars:
The pattern: Well-written an easy to follow. It's knit seamlessly, with minimal shaping. With only stockknit and garter, it's a great pattern for beginners. An for more advanced knitters, a nice relaxing zen knit.
The yarn: Baruffa Merinos Otto. This is probably one of my favourite commercial yarns. It's a super soft, springy extra-fine merino yarn that's pure heaven to knit with. It gives great stitch definition, and creates a soft, squishy fabric. It's not superwash, so there is some itch, but it is minimal, and it doesn't take long to get use to. This is the second garment I've knit with it. It won't be the last.