Oshima. Oshima. It's that point in the project where I can nearly say it's finished, but not quite. Only a few seams and a collar remain to be tackled, and I am so excited to see this one come together [even if it will be too hot to wear it for the next several months]. While knitting on this project in public, like we all should, one of my coworkers asked if it was a gift for someone in a cooler climate-I told her it was wishful thinking that I'd be the one in a cooler climate.
So, did I enjoy the pattern? Yes! Lots of new techniques for me in this one. I've mentioned before that the tubular cast on was new for me [and I love the result], but the brioche stitch was also new. The instuctions provided in the pattern were very straight forward and all encompassing. I did not find it necessary to seek any outside guidance [many designers will often just refer you to youtube for a tutorial, so I really appreciated the thurough instuctions provided]. It only took a couple of rows to memorize the stitch pattern and from there out I found it to be very intuitive.
For the most part I followed the pattern to a T, but I did tack the sleeve cuffs differently than written. I tacked my cuff by knitting my cast on edge directly into the first round of my stockinette fabric. Though this is more permenant than the written tacking, I found the elimination of additional finishing steps to be an acceptable trade off.
I think it's true that every project, while at this point, stands at a crossroad. This is the point when many projects, sadly, get tucked into a bag to be finished at a later date, which may be indefintely later. But, this may also be the point when all of those stitches your fingers have been putting away over the past few weeks become their intended beauty. This is the point when this project is your new favorite knit, at least until the next.