I’m calling this the Alpine Pulli because that’s where I knit most of this sweater: sitting in a cozy chalet living room at the base of Alpine Meadows in Tahoe.   (It’s technically titled 26 Mottled Olive Sweater from Rebecca #33.)

This is certainly not my favorite knit, but it’s a perfectly functional, utilitarian sweater that is at least a cut above the Wretched Empire Waist Cardigan.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I mostly knit this in the round, which was pretty easy to do.  I’d characterize the yarn as “pretty good,” as similarly discussed in that post.  Oh, and see this little ball of yarn?

That is the picked-up neckline that I ended up taking out.  Despite my zealous blocking, it continued to curl and look like a pathetic wannabe shawl collar, which is not the look I was going for.  Aside from the edge stitches being a little stretched from that experience, the neckline looks way better this way.

Tahoe, by the way, was an excellent place to showcase many hand-knit objects.  I wore my Aftur pullover and a fair isle hat, both projects inspired by Lolly (as was this Alpine Pulli itself), and my Fetchings.  When they weren’t wearing helmets, my kids and husband wore hats I knit for them too.  Knowing how much wear we got from these knits, I will consider future Tahoe trips when planning new projects.

Also, for the first time in many years, I knit in the car much of the way to and from Tahoe.  It’s a long drive, so I got a lot done.  Usually, I prefer knitting only on my couch — I have a whole system of blankets and pillows that makes it ergonomic and cozy.  But I wanted to make significant progress on the pullover so I used the car time — and I’m glad I did.  It was more comfortable knitting in the car than I’d remembered.

On another note, I spent the evening at a friend’s house with other crafty moms making gift bags out of old calendars — very cool.  (Mine kind of sucked — so I made two and then pulled out my knitting but it was still very fun.)  And I submitted a design idea to Knit Picks’s new Independent Designer Program.  I will keep you posted.