We had a nice sunny weekend and I finally got the pictures taken of Bombolo. Since it continues cold, I also wore the sweater on Saturday and it was indeed warm and snugly and fun: a success:
Yarn: Austermann Bombolo
Pattern: Austermann STrickTrends Fall/Winter 2004/2005 sweater # 6
Alterations: I lengthened the sweater by 2 inches above the waist. As you can tell, it was necessary.
Final Opinion: This sweater was lots of fun to knit. I bought the pattern because I saw it at Elann with the yarn. It was a whim but I am happy to have purchased it because there are several other things in the book I would like to knit. The yarn was easy to work with and it was inexpensive, which I felt was a good idea with a sweater that seemed more trendy than classic. I love the pattern but I wasn't sure how long the attraction would last. Having finished the sweater and worn it, I still love it, so it is a success. The overall sweater is not of the quality as some of my more recent past projects, and that is due to the yarn. It is an interesting yarn, it is not a quality yarn.
That is OK. Sweater's don't last forever, styles change, and sometimes a quick fun project is the perfect thing. This sweater will get lots of wear.
I took a few close-up photos on Matilda:
and a front view. I couldn't get an even half-way clean picture of this so I attempted cutting the sweater out of the background and posting it on a solid background. Obviously I need practice, but I also need to find a good photo-taking spot, which is not easy at my place, and to work on improving the quality of my pictures:
My only complaint concerning this sweater is that the v-neckline is not as low as it seems to be on the model in the magazine. Now I admit to some culpability here, as I altered the pattern, but I did not check the length of the neckline to see if the way it was written was actually a flattering length on me. Ends up it is not. I need a deeper v, one that goes further down the chest. and therefore, as I was already covered up more than enough, finding a flattering way to place the little neckline drape piece was awkward and took some time. This might yet change.