Friday, January 23, 2009

O W L S

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Owls by Kate Davies
500g of 14ply Fontana Polo. Colourway "Silver Cloud"
7mm Knit Picks Interchangables. Magic Looped the sleeves.


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Mods:
Notes and modifications are all listed here. Basically the only changes I made were to leave out some of the back increases - the first time I knit this the back was baggy and didn't fit well. Second time around I chose to knit the owls on 6mm needles (also omitting 2 rows of the chart) to try and make them smoother looking, since my row gauge was off (using 14ply instead of 12ply) I didn't want the neckline to be too high. I think my 2nd owls are better looking! - I love how the buttons give them different personalities.


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The yarn was a gift from DH's Granny and is what I am lovingly terming "vintage" - unfortunately it's no longer being made. I was probably just one ball short from a long sleeve version , hence the 3/4 sleeves. 100% pure New Zealand wool - this is going to be a super warm sweater. Its thick and warm but the shaping doesn't make it look super chunky.


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I am really pleased with how this turned out, especially since the pattern was so new there were no other FO's to look at and compare. A wonderfully fast knit - less than a week start to finish and that is with me basically knitting it twice over! Speedy! The only downside is that I won't be wearing it for another 6 months or so!


The photos aren't the greatest I'm afraid - M6 and I were rushing it since it's set to be another scorcher today. A little too warm for chunky handknits even at 9am! The summer sun is also not that accommodating with getting a good shot of the colour. I think the pic below shows the colour best.

OWLS!

Hoot! Hoot!

23 comments:

Natalie said...

I really do love that sweater well done is awesome :D

Aunt Kathy said...

That would have taken me a year to finish, maybe if I finished it at all, I love the grey color, very beautiful

Norma in NZ said...

Lovely sweater, love the colour of the wool you chosen too!

Megan said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

kv said...

that is great. and i think you got a mention on the wazz blog---she mentions owls spotted in new zealand, and i think that must be you. hoot!

Denise said...

It looks great, I'm amazed at how fast you knit it. It would take me weeks to knit a sweater!

Carol said...

absolutely beautiful!!!

lucky knitter said...

Love it! It is beautiful and looks fantastic on you! Well done.

Jo's Place said...

Looks amazing, well done

Sonia said...

What a fantastic job! I can't believe how quickly you knit it up!

sweetp said...

Thanks everyone , I appreciate all the kind comments xx

KV! I will have to go check out her blog again, thanks for that :D

Diane said...

I love your sweater! It turned out gorgeous. I made the Who hat with owls, and am now making mittens with owls. I'm amazed at how fast you knit.

Julie said...

Hi Gabes, FAB jumper, the owls are really cool and it is such a great shape. Can't believe what a wizz kid you are finishing this in a week.... X

villapeikko said...

This is so cool! :)

PrincessPea said...

It looks adorable on you! I did wonder, when I saw the photos, how you could bear to wear it at the moment though...

Did you see on Wazz's blog there's a competition for people who have made this sweater?

Rose Red said...

It is just fantastic!! and you finished it so quickly (even with re-doing some!!) Just fabulous!!

Bells said...

Oh wow. How adorable! I didn't see the owls at first but once I did, I got the name! Duh.

It really is gorgeous and made from vintage yarn to boot. Lovely.

Sharonnz said...

Well done, you!! You're a machine!

Georgie said...

Oh. My. I love it. Even with the 14ply yarn its not too chunky looking. Fabulous.

And yet again I am flabbergasted at your knitting productivity. You are SuperKnitter, faster than a speeding ballwinder, more powerful than a looming deadline, able to leap tall patterns in a single bound!!!

Jennynz said...

Its rad!!!!

amanda said...

Gorgeous! I'm up to the owls on Lily's now. Can't say I'm looking forward to sewing on all those buttons though!

zebraknits said...

I just downloaded the pattern over the weekend and think it would a quick and easy knit. You did an incredible job with yours.

Rebecca said...

Love love LOVE it! Clever thang.