Owls by Kate Davies
500g of 14ply Fontana Polo. Colourway "Silver Cloud"
7mm Knit Picks Interchangables. Magic Looped the sleeves.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Posted by sweetp at 3:58 PM