Where was I? Oh yes, I think this speed knitting has melted my brain...but look - one 44 inch bust hoodie in aran weight wool knitted in a couple of hours less than a week! There are ends to sew in and a button and Icord to attach before blocking but I think I can say that I passed my self imposed challenge.
Here is a view of the front. Despite its current shapeless appearance I did add a tiny bit of waist shaping even though the fit is 'relaxed'.
Here is the back view, just to prove it has a proper, head sized hood. I'm always amazed at how blocking transforms a garment. I'm saying this in the fervent hope that it will stop this jumper looking like the dirtiest habit in the monastery which is what it resembles right now.
I am rather proud of the neatness of the three needle bind off down the centre of the hood though.
Thanks to everyone who commented on the buttons. I think I've gone with the majority verdict although every button had at least one supporter! I have to say that whilst this may not have been my favourite amongst them, it sits on the fabric as if it belongs there. Looking at it more closely I love the aged, slightly scratched look of it. I always wonder what sort of garments vintage buttons have been on and what sort of lives they have been part of.
So that's it - mission accomplished. I will show you a final shot of the jumper all blocked and finished very soon - by the weekend with any luck.
I'm not sure I'm planning to subject myself to this sort of challenge again any time soon as I don't think it really suits my character.I have to accept that I have a bit of a butterfly brain who is happy to have lots of projects on the go and flit between them at will. It's not that I am incapable of finishing things, as is proved by the list of finished objects in my side bar, I just prefer buffet knitting to a sit down knitting dinner.
See? I can't stop thinking about food....