Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How about these buttons? I've been waiting to use them on something. Navy blue, with an etched edge and little engraved and painted flowers on the centers.


This really has been one of my favorite knits ever. I don't know if it was the yarn (DB Cashmerino DK - so so so soft) or the pattern (Norah G., what could be bad?) or the fact that I wasn't making it up as I went along that did it. Either way, I completely enjoyed knitting this sweater, from beginning to end. Even when I realized that I was done seaming and had made a ridiculous mistake along the button band - look - I decreased at the first hole and and then increased back again at the second! ugh. What was I doing???



Instead of frogging the SEAMED sweater and reknitting, I centered the buttons to cover the blip. (After I took the photo) It worked out pretty well - a knitter will know, but no one else will notice. I wasn't planning to wear this buttoned anyways, so it's not a big deal that they cover the holes and are for show only. However, I do have to find a third -- I think there needs to be a little balance below the boob line here.

Another bad pic. Sorry. That thing over my crotch is not a feather I'm wearing in my zipper or - as has been pointed out to me by my a very polite and considerate friend, my dick. I don't have one. The mirror is engraved. And I'm poorly situated.

You can see I did change the fit of the sweater a little. After trying it on at Yarns in the Farms' Twist Trunk Show, I realized (was told in no uncertain terms) it was way baggier than would look good on me, and too long. My version is a little shorter, tighter through the body and has much narrower sleeves. Which works great for me, but made the math a little fun.

Unfortunately it's going to be 80 degrees out today. So, I'll show it to my knitting students this morning and then pack it away until fall. Sigh. (Hey, maybe they'll take a better photo...)

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Before I begin my next design project, here's what's going on the needles now. A few pairs of mitts - on the left are Cafe Au Lait Mitts and on the right, a made up pair with a little lace chevrons around the cuff. In a cream colored Rowan Tweed. I love how the lace looks in the rustic tweed - am feeling like Jared Flood all the sudden.


These are going to be gifts - I think I'll plow through a bunch of single stash-skeins and make a few pairs this week so I have them on hand when needed!

It's a good way to play with lace patterns as I think of what to do on the next project.

8 comments:

Norma said...

Beautiful sweater! DB Cashmerino pills like a mofo at first, but it is sort of self-limiting. Once it gets rid of its first "shed" and you defuzz it, it's great. I have little wristers made of it, and one time I took a nap in them when they were brand new. When I woke up, I was appalled and said I would never use the yarn again. But then those pills went away, and they were fine.

Hilary said...

Just awesome! What a great sweater and I looove the buttons.

Holli said...

Thea -- Kingscot is gorgeous! Wow...that's a lot of work. And the buttons? perfect!

I'm really laughing about your "dick". ha ha ha!

Sarah-Hope said...

Brava! Lovely knitting.

puffthemagicrabbit said...

Gorgeous sweater- love the button choice. (sure, that's not a feather...)

yoel said...

Gorgeous! The buttons are perfect. Such a great idea to crank out some mittens to have around, although they're so hard to finish during warm weather...

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Beautiful sweater! I love the buttons. Your math seems to have worked out well because the fit looks great. Love the mitts. Fantastic way to stash bust ;)

lindseyrose said...

The sweater is beautiful! I love your button choice! I hope you got it back out for the cool nights we've been having! It has certainly been cardigan weather yesterday and today!