Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FO: Picovoli

Hooray! I get to wear a new top to work today. I have been telling people to expect it, at the office as well as at my knitting group. Woooo. And it's still in season - a sleeveless top, and summer took a long time to get here.

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Would you believe that I used the timer, and that pic came out the most blurry, though the camera was sitting still on my dresser? Hmmm. But the perspective is good.

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Two skeins of Butterfly 10 cotton in a pewter gray. Just about zero finishing so I used every last scrap of cotton I could. In fact, had to bind off a couple of times, the first time I ended up with about 12 live stitches and no yarn left to bind off, so I backed all the way up and around to the other side, losing a half row. Meh. It's a great length, hitting about at the hip. In case you're wondering for size, I'm about a 36 bust, but I knit the 32 size initially. As I went I tried it on and though I did the same number of waist decreases as the pattern called for, I think I did one or two less increases for the hip - just kept trying it on and when it seemed to be the right size I stopped increasing.

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I spiced up Grumperina's pattern with some simple zigzap lace under the arms. Racing stripes. And I have a lovely gray striped cotton skirt to wear it with, I wish I'd realized before I took all the photos last night. At least that linen skirt I'm wearing has these floral patches that are almost camo-gray-green so it works fairly well with that too.

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Happy FO!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

WIP: picovoli with lace

Despite the lack of blogging there has in fact been knitting going on! And also yarn acquisition, always fun.

So my Picovoli is sooo nearly finished, and it fits great and I can't wait to wear it! Right now it looks like this:

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With lovely lace detail I have added under the arms:

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I am such a fan of the raglan shaping, and being able to try this on from the top down means it fits really well. You'll see, soon!

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I was in Mahone Bay with the lovely CK early last week and we visited Have a Yarn, which had a great selection of Fleece Artist and some interesting yarns with possum in them from New Zealand. We each picked up a one of a kind skein of FA. Mine is the apparently discontinued Special Leba (says Ravelry) in wine:

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Gorgeous. It's 65% kid mohair, 20% wool, 15% nylon, 425 m and a hefty 250 grams. A lovely heavier weight stole waiting to happen, methinks. Hanami would be lovely and is purported to be super well written, plus popular of course.

One more for the road:

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And hopefully there will be a nice FO shot in the next few days. Happy knitting!