About a month ago I first started this sweater, the Seamless Hybrid by Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears. Today, it is finished! To be honest, it was a bit of a struggle, because at times I had no idea what I was doing and what Ms. Zimmermann was talking about in her vague knitting 'recipe'! But the trick was to just plunge in, I think. As most people have noted, the tricky bit is when you start the shoulder saddle and move on to the back; but I found out that you more or less figure it out as you go along.
The sweater turned out a little too short, eventhough I was determined not to make this mistake as a lot of others seemed to have made (sigh...). But I'm hoping to change this by washing and blocking it (it is blocking & drying right now --- these pictures are pre-blocking, which is pretty good, no?). It fits Shane really well, and he seems to like it.
I learned alot while making this sweater (like provisional cast on, knitting from cast on edge, kitchener stitch...heck, everything!), and I know that my next version will be so much better than this one. There are a lot of little mistakes I made while knitting this sweater, but I think only someone with a good knitting eye would notice (um...like my mom). In the end, knitting a sweater was a lot easier than I thought.
I'm pretty damn proud of myself.