I finished my Selbu Modern this morning during my break, and I *love* just about everything about it - the pattern, the rockqua goodness rocking my world, the texture of the Jitterbug, everything! Except I kinda wish that I had knit the colorwork on larger needles. I used a US size 2 (as the pattern calls for), but I think I really should have gone up a couple of sizes to get the maximum amount of slouch. As you can see in the photo above, it's not exactly slouchy as much as kind of ruched. I think the whole thing might just be resolved by a good blocking. Afterall, I do knit rather loosely and that gorgeous pattern on the crown just begs to be stretched out to its full glory. I realize that I should have probably swatched, but you know, if it's not a sweater, I don't bother (which is to say I never swatch).
I am a little afraid that the red is going to bleed all over the blue here, so I am going to test the yarn's bleediness before I block this as per Adrian's awesome advice. The yarn I used here is Colinette Jitterbug in Elephant's Dream (aqua) and Vatican Pie (red). I'll post all the details once this is happily blocked and properly photographed. Also, can someone explain to me what is up with the name of that red colorway? Vatican Pie? For real? Is that some sort of euphemism for altar boys? I get the whole Vatican red thing, but what's up with "pie?" Actually, I don't wanna know.... When I asked Matt what he thought of that name for a colorway, after he was done pointing out the obvious to me (duh, Vatican red) and shaking his head at my crack about it, we somehow got onto the topic of PILFs. (Warning! You may not want to read any further if you might be offended by light-hearted joking about priests and such. You may want to avert your gaze here and probably pray for my soul. Click onto another site, please, and do come back next week, when there will be more knitting and less sacrilege. Thanks!) You may be asking, "Ummm, excuse me, but what is a PILF?" It's kinda like a MILF, except we're talking about a priest and not a mom. Yep. Last month, as we were watching horror movies, we noticed a theme throughout most of them and that is the PILF, like the strapping young priest (Father Bolen?) in the original Amityville Horror and the would-be priest in The Prophecy (which I wouldn't really count as a horror movie, but I'm including it in this). For some reason, I really crossed a line when I mentioned Colin Hanks as Father Gill on MadMen. Eh, he's kinda cute. Okay, now that I am done securing a nice warm spot for myself in hell, I'm off to block this puppy. Hopefully, I'll have a FO and PILF-free post for you tomorrow.