As soon as I put on the buttons, I proceeded to wear my new sweater around the house for much of my time at home over the next few days. It definitely fits the bill as being comfortable, and the revisions on the collar were worth the effort.
After work I ran out to the front porch to make use of the lingering daylight, and did the best I could with a couple of brick walls and a camera timer. And then there's the old stick-out-your-arm-as-far-as-you-can-and-click method, which kinda turned out best, I think. This sweater is a bit tricky to photograph so that it looks attractive; I've only showed you the better bits. In the search for the perfect sweater, this is only a stop along the way, and there are a number of issues with my unvention. That said, my goal was not to produce the perfect sweater for going out and showing off, but rather a great sweater for combating the chill around the house. In that regard, I am quite satisfied. Even the front being a bit short when I stand is actually an asset when I am seated--as I so often am when I knit.
An unofficial yarn review:
Having spent a decent amount of time with (and in) the Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn, I am increasingly convinced that it is an excellent yarn for sweaters and blankets... especially if you prefer a bit of weight on you. It feels very nice to wear, though the cotton is a bit wearisome during long knitting sessions. Its gauge does not seem to change much (or at all?) when machine washed; from my experience the only effect the washer has on this yarn is to cause it to lose its crisp and clean look after several washings. Like anything, the gentler you treat it, the better it will wear. I've been making a couple baby sweaters in this yarn, and think it does quite nicely.
Speaking of baby sweaters... here's one I finished:
The only problem is that the pattern calls for worsted weight yarn (like Sweater), but the gauge is much more in the bulky range. So the sweater came out small. Meh--it was nice to make a shawl collar sweater that looks nice and didn't take for-friggin-ever.
Oh, and I also finished a pair of socks last night!