I have finished Tangerine Nightmare. Allow me to apologize in advance for the dreadful photos. It is 4:30 pm and pouring down rain, and the only person I could get to photograph it for me was my seven-year-old son. The photo session went like this: "Which button do I push? Oh, okay...wait, that's a little blurry. Um...I only got your butt in that one...I think you'll like this...oh, never mind. Let me take another one. Uh oh. I think I pushed the wrong button...should it be doing this?" In all fairness, he did as well as could possibly be expected, considering the lighting, the unfamiliar camera, and the fact that he is three feet shorter than I am. (He took the bottom picture below). I finally resorted to the notorious self-portrait in the mirror technique:
This started out as the Tilted Duster from the Fall 2007 Interweave Knits, except instead of heavy wool, I used light angora. As I've blogged before, I truly, deeply hate this colorway. It was an accident of internet yarn-buying. But I never actually intended to wear this project--it just doesn't strike me as all that wearable a style--so I didn't care about the color, and the yarn itself was a dream to knit. [For those who may wonder why I would make something I didn't want to wear, I was just intrigued by the construction of this particular pattern. Since I also didn't want to wear the yarn, it seemed a match made in heaven.]
As I worked, though, I decided it was quite a shame that such a lovely yarn (fiber, not color) would never be worn, and I started thinking about ways to make this sweater more useful to me. First I lengthened the body a bit. Then I made wider sleeves with a slightly bell cuff. And then I changed the asymmetrical buttoned collar to a symmetrical fold-down collar. I have this little problem with asymmetry. I can't deal with it. I could never have worn the sweater with the original collar. When I sewed in the sleeves this afternoon and tried it on, I was very pleasantly surprised. Except for the color, it is a wonderful garment. It weighs practically nothing and is very warm and soft.
My final change to make this wearable will be to dye it black. I know some of you out there are gasping in horror, and I have to admit I have some small qualms, especially since I haven't tried dyeing a finished sweater before, but really--how hard could it be? Never mind. I don't want to know.