Wednesday, September 26, 2012

So, Sarah sent me this yarn.   In this color called Bleu.   
  
Sweater photos courtesy of Caro Sheridan, copyright 2012 Splityarn.   

And as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to make something without a ton of distraction.  Something that would show off both the crisp texture and the deep color of  the stuff.   The Primo is a wool, cashmere, nylon blend in a light worsted weight, so it's soft and distinct and feminine, plus this color is so deep that it almost hums.  Really, it does.

And I knew it had to be called Bombay Sapphire.   If you've seen the bottle, you already know why. 

 
So stockinette it was.  To be honest, I was dying for a soothing knit as we eased our way out of the the lazy days of Summer into the hectic schedules of Fall.   Before long, Bombay emerged as a classic pullover with just a few details to keep it interesting.



The pattern around the collar creates a subtle Peter Pan effect at the top of the sweater, and adds a bit of texture to the neckline. 

 

  Smaller "waves" around the wrists echo the collar and add a little something to the three - quarter sleeves. 


And the fit is classic and feminine, with shaping at the waist and a button notch in the ribbing for a pop of color. 

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Knit from the top down, it's very easy to modify Bombay for length or sleeve choice.   Changing the width or shaping to flatter any figure is easy.  The sweater itself is sure to go with any wardrobe, and you can either keep it fun with a bright color like I did, or pick a favorite neutral for a knit that could easily become a year round staple.   

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 The pattern is for sale on the sidebar at the left, or on Ravelry for $6.50.  
All the details are on my Ravelry page, but some basics are listed below.

Yarn:  Plucky Primo Worsted or Plucky Sweater, in Bleu, 200 (270) yards per skein.  
750 (800,850,900,950,1000,1050,1100,1150,1200,1250,1300,1350,1400) yds. 

Sizes:  32 (34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50,52,54,56)  Extra sizes this time!

Needles:  US #6/4mm, or size to get gauge. 

Gauge 5 sts, 7.5 rows per 1" .  Gauge taken from stockinette swatch, lightly blocked. 


There will be a Plucky Knitter update this Sunday at 5pm Eastern.  If you are hoping to score some Bleu of your own, just check in here .  Both Primo Worsted and Plucky Sweater will be available for order.   Note that both these yarns are a light worsted weight, which is just a bit more delicate than a regular worsted.  
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As for drinks, I gave two more gin recipes a shot, and did much better with these than I did with the curacao.


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In the martini glass is a Gin-Lemon-Basil concoction.  This one's nice and lemony and sour.

Muddle 2-3 large basil leaves and ice cubes in jigger.
Add juice of 1/2 lemon
Add two drops lemon bitters
1.5 oz of gin
and simple syrup if you want it a big sweeter.

Shake and pour through strainer.  Drink while cold!

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In the smaller glass is a little pomegranate -ginger ale combination.  (As I did really like that other ginger ale drink!)

Put 2-3 ice cubes in glass.
1.5 oz gin
quick shot of pomegranate juice (1-2 oz)
slice of lemon or orange (both worked well)
fill with ginger ale

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Give each of them a try and see what you think!  

5 comments:

AntiquityTravelers said...

ooo, I like this one. So feminine and the color is so pretty ... kinda like how beautiful that Bombay Sapphire bottle is :O

Donna said...

I have been searching for several weeks trying to find the perfect pattern for 5 skeins of Plucky Sweater in En Vogue. This is it! I can't wait to make this sweater.

Thea said...

Oh yes! En Vogue will be gorgeous!! (I may have little orange buttons in my stash for you...)

diana said...

Love it!

Kristen said...

It's beautiful! I can see Grace Kelly in this (and me too!)