08 January, 2011

Shrug (and I really mean that)

I should be happy.  I made a handspun sweater for me.  I have achieved my goal of something wearable for myself that's larger than an accessory.  I am happy that I planned the project, did the work, and finished.  I am not happy with the item.

The style is called a shrug because it fits around the shoulders.  The fabric is essentially a long rectangle, the side seams of which are connected for a few inches to form sleeves at either end.  The construction creates a pucker of excess fabric under the shoulder blades.  In a fine lacey fabric that drapes, distortion of the silhouette is minimal.  In this chunky yarn, the distortion is very obvious and unflattering.

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