Here's a self-portrait of the me in the latest sweater: The Hyde Park Pullover. You know, it's really hard to take a good self-portrait with the auto-timer. Finally, I just gave up and figured that I'll have Scott take some better pictures on the weekend.
This pullover was made from Valley Yarns (aka WEBS) Donegal Lambswool, which I bought from a local yarn store. It came on a kilo-size cone, and I have a lot left. I wouldn't give a strong recommendation for this yarn for knitting. When I first swatched it, the stocking stitch sample biased very strongly and quickly. It has a lot of twist and curls up on itself a lot. The oil that coned yarns are treated with (to work better in knitting machines) made it take a little extra effort to form each stitch. I used the Broken Rib stitch in part because the combination of knitting and purling on the right side of the fabric helped counteract the tendency to bias. This yarn, bought on a cone, is very inexpensive. Mine worked out to about $16 a pound, which is a bargain for a sweater's worth of yarn. The final product blooms a lot after washing out the greasy treatment. The yarn was much fluffier and softer after washing. If price is a strong consideration for you when choosing yarn, this would be a good one to try. But it wasn't real pleasant to work with.
In Other News
My older son, Owen, won his school spelling bee this morning. On February 11 he will compete in the city-wide spelling bee. Even when he's nervous, he stands right up there and speaks loudly and clearly. His final word was "chrome." I found this appropriate because one of my favorite lines in Sponge Bob is "Everything's chrome in the future."