Just a teeny taste, before I send this off to Jamieson's:
Though I do say it, this is my absolute favorite of all the knits I've built from scratch. I don't say that easily - I'm usually incredibly self-critical, and unhappy with how far short reality falls of an idea that seemed quite good. This, though - this is something I'm completely, perfectly, beatifically happy with.
It's the very modernist of modern Fair Isles - long-line, closely fitted, with a deep u-neck and bold, wonderfully rich horizontal stripes. I love the fit - it's shapely, but not tackily tight. I love the compound raglan shaping (Maggie Righetti for the win), which makes for horizontally matched sleeves knit in the round with the body, that also happen to fit well, with nary a pucker or a pooch. I love the deep, open (steeked) neckline - so flattering to nearly everyone - which provides a nice balance against the, well, wool sweaterishness that might otherwise take over. More than anything, I love the combination of color and pattern - in these colors, my medallion motif is reminding me of cloisonne work, of stained glass, of tapestry. This, truly, is the kind of thing I like to see, would enjoy knitting, would love to wear: sweet and fresh and up-to-date, but with a sense of history and tradition lurking in the background.
I kind of want to keep it. Do you think they'll notice if I quickly knit, say, a plain stockinette tee in bulky yarn before the deadline and send that in instead?