Monday, February 12, 2007

ho hum

This old thing again?

And, just for good measure, a picture of the original:

Sorry for the rotten pictures - it's still way too cold to go outside without a coat. But here it is, all knitted, sewed, cleaned, and dried. And it fits!

This is, of course, Snow Sky by Amy Swanson from the book Sweaters from Camp, for Rebekkah's knitalong. I modified the colors to Morehouse merino's two ply in chocolate and raspberry (yum). I worked out my own waist shaping, and changed the drop shoulders to set-in. I also added a v-neck. In the original pattern, the sleeves are done with crosses, but I liked them better in the same chart as the body, so I worked that out, too. There were a few blips - the body you see is the third attempt, as are the sleeves, and I had a steek unravel on me - but overall, an excellent learning experience.

While this was drying, I went on a mitten spree and made these. The gray ones are done in a simple baby cable pattern and are of my own design, and the orange ones are the Lopi mittens from Folk Mittens. The lone mitten at the bottom is the Turkey mitten, also from Folk Mittens. Its mate is about halfway done.These are made with the remnants of the Crichton cardigan - all Morehouse merino. The gray is charcoal, the white is the natural, the orange is persimmon, and the blue is periwinkle.

And, because it's been almost a year since I've done any lace, I picked up the book Victorian Lace Today. I really like the patterns, but I'm disappointed with the pictures. They're lovely, but they don't show as much detail of the lace that I would like. For a couple, it's difficult for me to understand which pattern goes with which shawl, too, which is unfortunate. It's still worth the money, though, in my opinion. I've begun the Stripes and Torchon lace in Rowan's Kidsilk Haze, using US 0 needles. I've learned that this is not a project I can work on without my glasses, and for me, it requires more attention than the colorwork I've been doing.

Isn't unblocked lace sad? I'm only doing three diamonds across, not five like the pattern says. I've got four repeats done so far, out of something like twenty. Luckily, it's getting easier the more I work on it.

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Anonymous Jessimuhka said...

That sweater looks excellent! It was certainly worth taking all the time to do it right to get that fit. It's super flattering and looks very professional. Woo!

The mittens are great too, the grey ones look really cozy.

2:02 PM  
Blogger hege said...

Your sweater is beautiful, and very cool as a v-neck! Great job! How did you end up doing the sleeves, did you do a gusset? It looks wonderful on you. I really like the fit, it's very flattering.

The mittens are great, you sure have been busy!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous mel said...

Wow Becki, that sweater is brilliant! I've been watching your progress and was so looking forward to seeing the finished product - and it is gorgeous :) Good for you with all the mods - I don't know if I would have had the courage, the result is so worth it!! I'm a new colorwork devotee and have been coveting a Poetry in Stitches kit, but I have to admit, I'm not sure that the stock patterns would look that good on me. I think the stock pattern would be more than enough of a challenge (for me) though!! Congratulations!!

4:44 PM  
Blogger FairyGodKnitter said...

Wow, what a wonderful sweater. I've enjoyed watching you work it out and admire the patience you have shown in getting it right. I loved the sweater as in the book but your is inspired!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Just followed the link from Rebekah, and I am so in love with your knitting. That sweater is a fabulous take on the original!

9:37 PM  
Blogger Elinor said...

I just discovered your blog. What an amazing sweater!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must be a pillar of patience for doing it three times too!

I'm in love with the folk mittens book. it doesn't seem like there are many bloggers who knit its patterns either - another reason i like it!

6:01 AM  
Blogger Mary Jane said...

Your version of SnowSky is amazing. Unbelievably beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

10:23 AM  

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