OK, maybe not lift-off, but there is finally, FINALLY, a finished object! Yes, Norah Gaughan's Side-way Ribs Cardigan from Knitscene is finished and guess what, I've even taken a few pictures. I've tried to cut most of the clutter in the background off, so do me a favour and just ignore the rest, OK? My room looks TERRIBLE. There is a little path to my desk and another one to the light switch, and that's it. The rest is a wild mix of books, and photocopies, and knitting and spinning utensils, and cats, sleeping amongst it all. But enough of my awful office, this is the cardigan - first from the front:
As you can see, the two sides don't meet - and nor are they supposed to. I could draw them together with a big button, but I think it really looks better when it's open like this.
And another shot from the side so you can see the ribs a bit better:
I am pleased with it, although it's substantially warmer than I thought it would be. Maybe my yarn was a little thicker than the yarn that the pattern asks for, or maybe it just is one of those patterns that are vaguely unsuitable for the season they are meant for, but the knitted fabric isn't as airy as I thought it would be. I am planning on washing and blocking it into shape, though, which will probably help. The sleeves are a bit long and narrow for my taste, so I will pull them a bit to make them wider, and I am thinking that this will make them a bit more airy at the same time.
Other than that, it's good. It's comfy and cosy, and, as I said, warm, so I have been wearing it all day today. And I am so pleased with the mottled colour - it's exactly what I wanted it to look like. My first big project from handspun yarn!