Finished projects - Sweetheart Pullover and Polka Dot Skirt

I don't actually have a lot of items of clothes that I've made for myself; usually things I make are for sale or gifts for someone else. Occasionally though, I see an item and have to have it. Such was the case with the Sweetheart Pullover. It was in the Fall issue of Interweave Knits and I fell in love with it immediately. This is the version in the magazine (credit to Interweave):

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And this is my version:

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Side note, how green is our backyard?! Anyway. I used Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in Lemon Yellow on size 6 needles, and the drape is absolutely beautiful. The simple stockinette stitch really shows off the yarn, and the sweetheart cable provides such an interesting contrast.

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The neckline is a perfect shape and the edging is so pretty - basically, I loved everything about making this, and I love everything about wearing it. And now that I've worn it a few times, the yarn is getting this lovely halo around it. I think I might make one in a different yarn, just to see how it knits differently...but then again I might make one in the same yarn, just a different color. Either way, I will certainly be knitting it again.

The other thing I've made myself recently is this pink polka dot skirt:

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I just cut out two squares of fabric, sewed pocket linings to them, and then seamed them together. I was practicing smocking, so I just used elastic thread to smock the waist. It started out as a dress originally, and I can still wear it that way, but it is a smidge short. That, kids, is what happens when you don't pre-wash...whoops. In any case, it's perfect to wear with this sweater; pink and yellow is one of my favorite color combos. And it was a rainy day (our heat wave is officially over in Seattle), so I wore it with my favorite rain boots. I'm pretty happy with the results!