Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Colourful spring knit!
Sorry, sorry! I should have warned you to have your sunglasses ready, shouldn't I?! Here, finally, is my first completed knit of 2010 (unless I've forgotten something, which seems quite possible -- how could I just be finishing my first knit at the end of March?!). Of course, the eagle-eyed among you will notice this isn't quite finished as the buttons still have to be sewn on. Blocking, however, has been done, although steeked facings could still be trimmed a bit and then stitched down. I picked out buttons yesterday -- small, shiny black ones, as the only possible way I can imagine wearing this sweater is against a black everything-else.
I'm hoping I won't end up wearing this, other than perhaps one or two outings just to garner the inevitable gasps from admiring observers who will be confirmed in their previous estimation of my colourful eccentricity. I hope this, based on a previously-expressed wish by daughter #2 who admired Nola's colourful tulip sweater and wanted an adult version. There is every chance this will be even more colour than she's hoped for, but I'd love to see her wearing this, if it fits -- we'll see, this weekend.
You might reasonably wonder why, if I'm so ambivalent about wearing the sweater or even being able to give it away, would I make it. It's clearly quite a bit of work, hours and hours and hours in the making -- and the sleeves, especially, with all the weight of the body attached, were hard on my arms, shoulders, and wrists. But I've loved the look of this sweater (Ruth Sorenson's pattern, with Kauni 4-ply) since I saw it on the Yarn Harlot's blog at least a year ago, and it just kept calling to me. Watching the beautifully-dyed Kauni colours unfold was a joy as was watching them play their various shades against each other. Besides, I've never steeked a sweater before, nor made a traditionally-constructed knit-in-one-piece Fair Isle sweater before. Obviously, I'm more a process knitter than I might have thought.
Besides, I really want to try out this "strict"dressing that Duchesse is always talking about -- what do you think? Isn't this perfect? (I'm kidding, I'm kidding . . . )
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