Berroco Ultra Alpaca grows. I have heard knitters comment on it, I have read posts about the amazing expandability of this yarn, and still I ignored the advice. Did I wash my swatch? No, of course not! Why not spend hours knitting a sweater with a 50" bust, only to wash it and experience the growing miracle yarn myself?
Here it is.
There is a little extra fabric -- about 1" more in length, and possibly 1/2-1" in width. But the sleeves... instead of 23", they're a good... 24, maybe 25" long, and the top of each sleeve is 23" wide instead of 21"...
Not too bad, and when it gets dry, it'll probably pull back together a little bit. Still, I've learned my lesson: wash your swatch. It's worth it. I know swatches lie, but you'll learn valuable things about your yarn.
Also a long time coming was the blocking of Tangerine Twist. You may remember my first seaming attempt, which failed because the sleeves didn't quite fit into their holes and I had to rip them back out. Now, I'm blocking the holes and hoping the sleeves will fit somehow. We'll see how things go.
I'm headed on another business trip next week, this time to New Jersey. I'm taking the train because it gives me extra time to work. It also gives me extra knitting time. I like extra knitting time.