Tuesday, November 20, 2007

FO: Lace Leaf Pullover

At last! According to my notes I started this in August...yes, I do remember working on it in August. It languished a bit in October particularly--I reknit much of the bottom after disliking my waist shaping, and reknit much of the top after screwing up my short row efforts to make the bust area sensibly shaped, and oh, I reknit both sleeves after finishing them while watching the US Open and realizing I just wouldn't be happy with how snugly they fit. Now they're loose and comfy and great. I finished reknitting them Saturday, blocked the whole thing that evening:


And seamed the still slightly-damp-and-smelling-of-sheep-in-the-rain sleeves Sunday, finishing setting them in (had grafted live stitches at the top of the sleeve cap to the shoulder sts already) Sunday night and wished for nice light to snap a picture of it. Still no good light (it's snowy here!) but here we go:

Pattern: Teva Durham's Lace Leaf Pullover from Loop de Loop.
Yarn: Knitpicks Cadena in Mahogany (5 skeins)
Needles: size 10.5
Mods: I added the leaf motif to the back left hip as well as working it as directed in the front top and bottom and one sleeve. I completely reworked the math for a smaller gauge with the different yarn and smaller needles.

This pullover is basically my first proper sweater to ever (a) get finished (b) fit well enough to ensure lots of use. Yay!

While LLP was drying I worked on these:

My fourth (can you believe it?) pair of 'Fetching' mitts. Cascade 220 Heathers. Progressing well, started a couple of weeks ago and good for working on just a few rows at a time since the metal dpns hurt my fingers after a little while.

And by popular request I have finally managed to pose for some shots of Josephine. I've worn it a few times already and I really like it. I would totally knit another in a cotton or bamboo for summer, it was so easy and turned out so well! I might try to knit it in the round this time though to eliminate the seams. And I would knit the top section longer so that the ribbon could be tied under the bust. As it is, I'm wearing it without any tie.




Exciting news: I'm headed to the Halcyon Yarns showroom in Bath, Maine tomorrow!! I LOVE the satin bamboo and pearl cotton (both on cones, yay yardage!) I've ordered from there in the past and I have been making lists of yarns/projects in preparation for tomorrow. They never seem to give a break on shipping so I'm hoping to make this worth my while and plan ahead for some projects. Hopefully after the holiday weekend there will be some excellent haul!!

3 comments:

  1. oh, so many pretties! i can't wait to see the pullover in an action shot and josephine is just gorgeous!

    i haven't had a moment to think about yarn in the past couple of days and honestly, i really really shouldn't buy anything more right now but i have super yarn store envy! have lots of fun and let me know what you come out with!

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  2. OMG, Lace Leaf! I love this pattern so, so much, and the color you used is gorgeous. So many nice things, great job@

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  3. You've been busy, lady! Everything looks great! Four fetchings? Gifts? I'm sold on the pulse-warmer/fingerless mitt things since I finished mine. Keep it up!

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