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rusted-rootFor the last couple of months I have been working steadily on a summer sweater (Rusted Root) for myself.  In fact, this is the first project that I have ever made for myself and also the first sweater.  Sounds crazy, especially since I have been knitting for a little over 3 years now!  So far it is going great.  Had a little trouble with the lace pattern in the beginning, but then a very good friend of mine whipped up a sweet lace chart for me (thank you!!).  I definitely recommend practicing the lace chart a couple of repeats before starting the sweater.  I think I ripped out the sweater 3 or 4 times before I finally got it right.  Casting on over 100 stitches multiple times gets old.  Row 3 of the lace chart is a little tricky with the YOs, especially if this is your first time knitting lace.  Currently I am about 2 inches past where I put the sleeves on scrap yarn and began working the body.  When looking at the sweater, I feel like I am so much further along than I really am.  I know this because last night I decided to put the entire body on scrap yarn so I could try it on.  Um, yeah, it doesn’t even clear my boobs yet!  HA – I have SO much further to go.  So, so much.  I have at least 2 maybe 3 full inches (picture was taken about a week ago) to go until I can even think about shapping.  Also, I am really glad I went with a size medium.  You want this sweater to be  fitted in order to see the lace pattern.  That is after all the main focus of the sweater.  I am happy I took the time to try this sweater on last night.  Now  I am  feel confident that it will actually fit.