Wednesday, February 01, 2006

May I present

My first finished project of 2006 - "Lizzie"

And the closeup of the moss stitch diamond and cables:

Pattern: Lizzie by Kim Hargreaves from A Treasury of Rowan Knits
Yarn: 11 skeins of Color Your Own Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks
Modifications: The pattern is written for Rowan Denim which is supposed to shrink lengthwise when washed for the first time. Since I used 100% wool, shrinking wasn't an option. I can't tell you exactly what I modified since I pretty much fudged as I worked on it. It wasn't a great bit though, mostly just length in places. I will tell you that the sleeves didn't quite fit into the armholes, so I sort of fixed that problem when sewing. It's under the arm, so you can't really tell.
Start Date: Somewhere around the end of November. End date: January 31 (except for the belt and the buttons)

I love this sweater! The sleeves are maybe just a tad too long, but the length of the sweater is just perfect, exactly what I wanted. It comes to just below the hips and is really warm. This sweater has also taught me a bit about collar construction which is a good thing because I think I almost understand how to make a sweater that I've really been wanting to design.

Next on the horizon: I picked my Landscape Shawl up last night. It seemed to be the project that was calling to me right now.


Blogger Desiknitter said...

Beautiful, Alison! I've been looking forward to seeing this as a FO and it looks gorgeous. The pattern doesn't seem that complicated but the overall look is very sophisticated and suits the light shade of the yarn. Well done!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

The sweater is beautiful, a creme sweater I think is just about the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Chery said...

Nicely done. I like your sweater.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous heather said...

That is absolutely gorgeous. GORGEOUS.

11:08 AM  
Blogger margene said...

You work so quickly and do beautiful knitting! Very, very nice.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Wow, it's fantastic! What a beautiful sweater.

1:06 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

So stunningly gorgeous!! The natural wool really highlights the beauty of the cables and the intricate pattern. You did such a beautiful job with it!! You always inspire me with your amazing knits. Take care, Alison! :-)

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

My husband loved your idea of the tung oil by the way, so that is what we decided to get. He's going to do a test portion on the bottom of the treadle so by the time I get home I can get an idea of what it would look like.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Really beautiful & I love the collar!

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Angel said...

The sweater has such nice texture- I really like it, and it does look like its a really good length (I like longer sweaters)

6:35 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I adore this sweater Alison! Classic and perectly knitted, well done!

10:16 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Gorgeous! I bet it looks stunning on you!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Congrats! It looks fabulous.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

What a lovely sweater. You did a beautiful job, and Kim Hargreaves is such a great designer isn't she?

9:31 AM  
Blogger SDMC said...

Very pretty!

9:28 AM  
Blogger LadyV said...

WOW! Alison it is absolutely gorgeous! Great knitting! You have got to be so pleased.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Liz M. said...

Oh my! Can I have it? Pleaaaaaaseeeeee? Just wonderful! And that green/maroon/cream/pink/and every other color skein up top is to die for! I love those colors! :)

3:26 PM  

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