The wool is Drops Andes, a wonderfully soft and comfy blend of wool and alpaca. The colour is a bit brighter than I was expecting but I do like turquoise and wear it often. It's just a bit bolder than my usual turquoise.
What I really wanted to write about in particular and share with other interested knitters is that I made this in the round first of all (I always work in the round with circular needles wherever possible) BUT the best part is THE SLEEVES! I tried a new method for the first time: top down with short row shaping. It's wonderful. What a revelation. No sewing, easy and perfect fit. I'm a total convert and will definitely be knitting more sleeves with that method. I highly recommend anybody to look this up. Especially with chunky yarn like this where a seam would be bulky, picking up stitches and knitting down from the armhole looks much better.
(Apologies, not great photo from my phone above)
Pattern is Berroco "Nimbus"
(A free pattern)
Sleeve work in progress
Finished sleeve and how perfectly it fits the armhole.
You can't even see where I did the wraps.
It just looks smooth and fits so well.
If anyone's interested, this blogpost by Knittyprofessors
explains how to convert the whole pattern to knit it in the round
and to use the top-down method for the sleeves.
So that's it. I just felt I had to share my discovery and possibly inspire knitters to try something new. It's well worth it! I'm wearing it now and it is wonderfully warm and cosy. Happy. :-)
Right, back to shuttles and gift crochet and knitting and tatting!