First, thanks to everyone who sent congratulatory wishes this weekend. It was really nice; really really nice. It's wonderful to have friends and readers who are so supportive.
I did celebrate on the weekend. We started by opening that wine. It was a 1995 Cabernet Franc from Chateau des Charmes, a nice vineyard in the Niagra region. I purchased the WINE (I originally wrote and posted yarn) around 1997 and labelled it "Ph.D. wine, open 2000+". I was a bit later than I anticipated, but the wine was lovely. We drank the whole bottle. Then I went for dinner with Craig and some friends, then off to a martini bar, then off to a lovely patio (at Allen's for the Toronto crowd) to meet up with other friends for beers and good conversation. I ended the evening with a Belgian Framboise beer that came with a champagne cork. It was $13.50 a bottle, and that's close enough to champagne for me!
I was feeling a wee bit rough on Saturday. My cold which politely subsided for the defense came back with extra moxy and I was a tad hung over but I felt good. We spent the rest of the weekend doing nice leisurely things, which for me, meant Klaralund.
Ain't she pretty? I love it. I wasn't so sure while I was seaming and trying on. This sweater really needs to be finished to fit properly and see the clever construction. Basically there is two squares for the front and back that come just under the bust. The sleeves are long and wide (no shaping at all) to form the shoulders of the garment. They're sewn straight across the top of the body pieces like this:
And the back is sewn up to close up the v neck and shorten up the sleeves to the right length. I love how the back looks:
When it's all together you have a happy woman with a new snuggly sweater:
I have to thank Katherine for introducing me to this yarn. I've made a scarf and hat with it, but it's really meant for fabulous sweaters. I have a bit more stashed away and can't wait to use it. And, while I'm loving the summer weather we're having, I would like a cold evening so I can snuggle up in this one, maybe while I'm drinking a Guiness to celebrate or something.