Antrorse is a fairly quick knit, it's written beautifully, with one of the coolest new techniques I've tried- one row buttonholes. It satisfies a knitter's need for interesting details. That little arrow stitch breaks up the stockinette perfectly. I didn't mind having to start over on this because it gave me another chance to try those buttonholes and see if I could work them from memory. I nailed it. (This is something I tell myself so I won't feel so bad about having to start over twice.)
This is my second knit from Journey, Inland being the first, and I used my need for more of this Wool of the Andes in pampas heather as an excuse to order yarn for Climb and Swift while I was at it. Journey is one of those books I kept meaning to blog about because I want to knit every single thing in it, but instead of typing about it, I just started knitting. If you're a knitter, you already know about it and what a beautifully photographed book it is. You've probably already started one of the projects or have your yarn picked out for several. So I'll just say that it's already a classic for me. Like Island, it appeals to my outdoorsy nature, need for rich color, and love of print.
Because of my longish torso, I knit an extra stitch pattern repeat. This makes mine a little more of a tunic-length sweater.
This is off topic, but look at my pretty earrings from Stephanie of Native Clutter. They were the Christmas gift my husband forgot he gave me. A few days after Christmas I asked if I could get them from off the top of the fridge. He said yes, sheepishly.
All of the gauge issues I had while knitting this frustrated me at the time, but they did help me to realize I've been knitting on too small a circular cord, cramming bulky stitches together in a way that makes accurate gauging difficult, even when I'm measuring much further down in the project. It has also reaffirmed my belief that it is better to knit small in order to block it out than to knit big and be elephantine. That could be an ancient proverb.
I'm still not sure about the added length. I do have a monkey torso, see below, and want to wear this comfortably with leggings, but I don't know... I know that I can always rip back and just re-knit the garter hem.
Now, I realize I'm a goof and these are incredibly un-cool photos, but you don't know how hard it is for me to take a million finished knit photos seriously if I am in them. I promise I spared you the worst ones. Wait 'til my next post, in which I include a photo with a religious simulacrum in my Antrorse. No kidding.
I'll post some photos from my new instant camera next time. By the way, Shannon and Jane are having a Journey KnitAlong through the month of February and it's not too late to squeeze in a hat or arm warmers.