My Soldotna is finished! This summer was a bit sporadic for knitting, but I did get some finished pieces off of the needles. I was particularly motivated for this one because I was using Farmer's Daughter Fibers, and wanted to enter it in their Local Yarn Store Knit Along. Spoiler Alert: I didn't win the KAL contest at my LYS (Black Mountain Yarn Shop), but I did have a lot of fun making the sweater.
I did a couple of things a little differently from the pattern - for one, I bought these colors, all of which I love together, but it turned out I didn't love the green once I put it into the pattern.
Good lesson - I need to make sure I'm paying attention to when I want high contrast between the yarns. Once they all got together in the sweater, I needed a yarn with more contrast than the green. So instead of using the green I just used the other three colors of yarn for the whole sweater... which meant I ended up needing another skein of the mint green. And if you look closely it also meant I probably needed another skein of the brown since I wasn't sure I had enough to do the arm bands in brown. So instead I did them in the darker teal. To be honest I'm still not quite sure about this - once they were finished I was pretty convinced I was going to redo them in brown, but in reality I don't think that's probably a big deal.
Also, and this is where my sloppy swatching and my habit of extremely loose knitting comes in - this sweater was supposed to be cropped with positive ease, but I'm not sure she meant quite that much ease! It's big. But very comfy. So I'm running with it.
Overall I'm definitely happy with it - it seems like a perfect layering piece for when it's cold but not freezing. And it has made me very interested on working some of Caitlin's other patterns - probably in fingering weight this time, for even more fun with the color work. But Soldotna knits up in a snap, so if you're looking for a rewarding quick knit, this one definitely has you covered.