{off the needles} FO: owls

I started knitting my owls way back in March last year. Let's not dwell on that though. The wool came from the loveliest wool shop in the world. I finished - I *think* - around September time. I did get stuck and ended up throwing it across the room at one stage. That was because when it came to joining the sleeves I had my moron cap on and did it wrong no fewer than THREE times.
Wrong how? With the inside of one sleeve to the outside. But there is no seam, I hear you say. Well, yes. You would be right. But the paired increases wouldn't look great on the outside of the arm. The fact we had the hottest and the best summer I've had in my 11 years here also didn't help. I couldn't bear the thought of knitting anything, let alone a chunky and rather woolly jumper. 
o w l s

Well, it's finished now and I am beyond happy with how it turned out. I took it on holiday across the pond over Christmas and, unless you've been living under a rock, you should know the winter they've had was a very effective test drive for this particular jumper. I wore it a lot.
o w l s - yoke detail
This is my second version of the owls pattern and I've done a much better job with it this time around. Although I decided to leave out the button eyes on this one; 17 pairs of eyes?! Ain't nobody got time fo dat!
o w l s - waist shaping on the back
As design elements go I'm very fond of the waist shaping being located on the back. I find the look very effective. The fit is PERFECT and I think the yarn I picked could have something to do with that. This time I decided to use Rowan Purelife chunky, the one Kate (the designer) actually calls for. Some people may find it 'scratchy'. I don't mind. I really enjoyed working with it. And the sheepy smell. Hmmm! I love it! 
Bonus picture because it's the only half decent one.

 It also blocks beautifully and is very stretchy, too.

All in all, I am extremely pleased with the finished object!

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