Tuesday, February 10, 2009

FO: White Clouds

When I said 09 was the year for knitting for me, me and me, I really was serious!

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This year I'd really like to have a go designing something 'proper' - my first baby step to that lofty goal is to modify (and meld ) existing patterns and play around with different design elements. This is also proving to be a really great exercise in working out what shapes and styles and colours work best for me (something I've never felt I was really completely confident in).

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So....my latest FO is part Cloud Bolero and part 'made up' - I used the pattern for casting on and copied the yo increasing, the lace pattern is pretty much the same although I did my own maths to work out how many to cast on under the sleeves. I made lots of notes on my Ravelry project page if you're interested in the specifics - although there are a few tiny things I would change if I were to make this again it turned out pretty much how I had planned - as a 'mix it up' kind of exercise it was quite successful! Obviously I modelled this on the Sopheme top I made my neice.

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I'm still working out exactly how and where to close it, for now I'm using an antique brooch which is doing a fine job. One day I might add a button or tie. And since white would have to be an almost ridiculous colour choice for a mother with 3 young children I may also (one day....maybe) get around to dyeing it.

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For all of you who like to know all the whats and hows - Cloud bolero by Ysolda Teague, modified by me, knit on 8mm Knit Picks interchangeables. The yarn is Milford Knitting Cotton 12ply and I used approximately 300g. The yarn was a gift and looks pretty vintagesque, I thought it was a bit thick for clothing initally but it actually knit up quite soft and I may remedy the colour one day :D

16 comments:

Bells said...

Fantastic. I first saw it on Rav today and just loved it. Love the brooch as an idea to hold it together.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Lovely job! It looks beautiful on you.

Linda Jordan said...

That is only gorgeous, you've done a wonderful job. Well done.

Aunt Kathy said...

Oh for the day when I am small enough to knit for myself, and I pray I look half as good as you do by then. Very nice, I LOVE it

Norma in NZ said...

Simply lovely! it looks really great on you & the antique brooch completes it.

Heart Felt said...

Wow...you are really going for gold on the knitting front! It's lovely and you look so pretty. xx

Rose Red said...

It looks fantastic! And knitted so quick!!

I do love it in white, but I'm like you - don't really wear white (and I don't even have kids - it's me that makes white clothes dirty!)

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That looks sooooo cute on you! Nice mods ~ it's a cute bolero but even cuter as a shell.

Razz said...

WOW! you are a knitting machine!!!! it looks fantastic!

Sam said...

gorgeous! you're a clever clogs!

amanda said...

This really does look fab on you. Looks lovley and drapey too!

ottomania said...

Another gorgous knit:-)
I am in awe.
Would love you to blog on how to fit knitting into the day...I need some tips:-)

Little Grubs said...

I love that top - it looks great on you! x

PrincessPea said...

You really were serious, weren't you! This looks fabulous - good job doing all those mods. It makes such a difference figuring out what shapes suit us - there are loads of lovely patterns I will never make because I just know they would look crappy on me! I look forward to seeing what whizzes off your needles next!

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purdypeas said...

Stunning. You are suck a great model too. Can't wait for a pattern now. hint hint.