Now that my memory has been jogged, I do faintly remember being thankful that I didn't actually have a garbage disposal, because I was dealing with a strong inclination to throw the sweater into one.
I guess what they say about time healing wounds is true. If somebody had asked me yesterday how I felt about knitting up the Tiny Tea Leaves, I would have said it was simple and great - in fact, I even said positive things and gave it 5 stars on ravelry.
That said, having learned from my mistakes, knitting up the Tea Leaves Cardigan for myself was a much simpler task the second time around. It whipped up quickly, and I found myself feeling the pattern lacked in some areas. This is actually a good thing - noticing that the pattern is lacking - because I previously would have just blamed myself.
I love the color. I love the fit. I like the pattern okay. There was much hemming and hawing on the button bands because some people on ravelry did them all the way down. I decided to go with the pattern, but do find myself wishing I had modified it.
And here it is from the back. I made it with Berrocco Vintage yarn. This yarn is my favorite for so many things. It is soft, versatile, and comes in all sorts of pretty colors. But I don't think I'll use it for a sweater again. It's very heavy and stretchy. I find the sweater quickly loses shape, and wash it much more often than I would normally wash a sweater. I've thought about sticking it in the dryer one of these days. It is a machine washable/dryable yarn, but I've been hand-washing it. I put the Tiny Tea Leaves sweater in the dryer once and it seemed to change the texture a bit ... but maybe that's just what this sweater needs?
(The Lovely Sarah took the lovely pictures.)