Monday, June 23, 2008

Finished Knitting: Dollar-and-a-Half Cardigan



I had hoped, among all our other activities this weekend, to get someone to photograph me wearing my new sweater. But we were too busy eating out, going to concerts, running, visiting the Art Gallery, and shopping, to do anything so useful-to-my-blog as camerawork. So here I was today, running back and forth between hitting the time-release button and standing at my designated spot and smiling. I did get at least one decent shot, which I offer to you here.
I think Ms. Dollar-and-a-Half photographs quite nicely on her own as well, don't you agree? She seems to like the lounge chair in the shade, a cardigan after my own heart. She's made of the wonderful silk-wool yarn by Garnstudio, Silke-Tweed. I experienced a number of frustrations knitting her, but it was all worthwhile. This is a cardigan that I know will get worn and worn and worn. It's a perfect weight, ideal for a cool summer evening, yet adequate as well for an extra layer in my office this winter.

10 comments:

  1. I love this pattern, having the cable gives an added twist-paron the pun. It looks really good

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  2. Love the color and the design on that sweater. It looks great on you! Is the yard wool or ?

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  3. Ohhhh - it's gorgeous! The color and fit are fabulous on you.

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  4. Thanks Jillian,
    Miss 376, the pattern's by Veronik Avery and I think the assymetry is brilliant. The strong vertical line of the cable on just the one side works to counteract what could be an unflattering effect of horizontal striped (which should also only be on one side -- the non-cable one, if I'd done things properly).
    Pseu: The yarn is a blend of wool and silk, so that it has more body than plain silk, and a nice matte "crunchiness" that I really like -- silk in this size and weight would probably end up "growing" but the memory in the wool will keep that under control.

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  5. Gorgeous sweater, lovely color, and really cute on! Wow, to be able to knit. Super cool.

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  6. Thanks, Dana. Have to admit I'm really loving this one.

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  7. Oh, lovely, lovely! I love the asymmetry of the design and the juxtopostion of the cable and the openwork stripes. But then Veronik Avery does such nice designs, no? And Silke Tweed, well I love it, although I admittedly have friends who can't stand the stuff.

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  8. Thanks, Mardel. And yes, I'm a big Veronik Avery fan -- her designs always have a classic base, it seems to me, but then with a twist. I'm a Silke Tweed, fan, as well, altho' the first skein caused me some grief. I love the weight, the colours, the amount of body combined with the promise of drape -- and it works really well with this pattern. I'll knit more in this yarn in future.

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  9. What a gorgeous fit and color for you. Fantastic!

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  10. Thanks, Gina. I'm really pleased. As we've discussed earlier, so often sweater-making is an exercise in frustration (process-knitting be damned!) when the finished garment, comprising many dollars' worth of great yarn, doesn't look great on. This one I would have paid good money for in a shop and loved right away!

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