Berkshire pullover

I finished last year's Christmas present for Pete this week.

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It's the Berkshire pullover from Melanie Falick's book Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas. I'm guessing the "weekend" in the title refers to pre-children weekends, the ones where you can sleep until ten, meet friends for brunch at Sophie's Cosmic Cafe, spend the afternoon reading the paper, and then do dinner and a show. You could use one of those weekends of leisure to be productive and make turtleneck egg cozies or a lap blanket. If you have children, disregard the "weekend" part of the title.

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The wool is Morehouse merino, bulky weight. It's undyed, from black sheep grazing in the Hudson River Valley of New York state, faded to a chocolate brown by the sun. There are bits of straw stuck to the fibres, and it smells like farm country in all the right ways.

I usually knit for my kids, who are very forgiving of imperfect fit. Unfortunately, an ill-fitting hand knitted garment on a grown man does not look charming, it looks pathetic. So I had to custom size this sweater, and ended up rewriting the entire pattern.

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I'm pleased with the end result. And equally pleased to be done with it.