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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Finished | Colors of Fall.

...that week of WIPs back in mid-August really helped me focus on finishing. Since I posted about those five projects, I've finished four! The socks are still sitting where I left them (one done and the second not started). I braved the heat on Thursday and, with Katie's very capable help behind the camera, modeled the three I knit for myself.

First up, Insouciant. I finished this one Tuesday and I've already worn it twice.

It fits great and I'm glad I followed my own advice and knit it in pieces, with seams. Even though it's really lightweight, it's 100% silk and those seams are going to help it keep its shape. The only modification I made to the pattern was on the bind-off for the neck trim. I did the *K2tog through the back loop, put the stitch back on the left needle* bind-off instead of a sewn bind-off (I figured that, with all those seams, I'd held a sewing needle in my hand enough already!) The edge still has a nice roll.

Next up, Ravello. It was getting hot. I was getting silly!

It's hard to tell in the photo, but my jeans are dark blue. I chose the brown color for the body of the sweater on purpose so I could wear it with blue and black jeans. Now that it's done, I think it's going to work fine with my winter white ones, too.

Katie had fun playing fashion photographer! I must admit, the boots are pretty cute with the messily-cuffed jeans!

And finally, Cepa. This piece was my serendipity project for the summer. I hadn't planned to knit anything like it (in fact I'm pretty sure I thought I'd never knit anything like it! chevron stripes? all those ends to weave in?) but the newsletter I wrote about Fall Colors in early August sold me. I chose the colors specifically from the Pantone Fall 2014 swatch as Sangria/Cognac/Cypress.

The finished piece is really beautiful. This is the first time I've used Canopy Fingering. It's great to knit with, but oh my,'s stunning. I gave it a good soak and then just spread it out. It got a little longer (finished it's about 80" long) and stayed about 18" wide. So it's great to wear as a wrap

or a scarf.

The garter/stockinette stitch combination adds texture (and made it not quite so boring to knit!)

...ditto the chevron increases and decreases.

The only not-fun part of the project was the finishing. Each stripe and triangle made two ends, and after I wove in each of those ends, I split the yarn into its three plies and buried them. Yeah, you can imagine.

I've already bought yarn to knit another one. This time I chose Shibui Silk Cloud. It will still be lots of ends, but it's a single ply and very sticky, so at least I won't have that burying the ends step!

I'm going to enter Ravello and Cepa in The Yarniacs' Colors of Fall KAL. You have to submit your FO photos "styled for fall" and I must say, I had fun with the outfits. And the photos. Thank you so much, Katie!

...also, thank you very much for all the thoughtful and helpful advice about my Twitter/Pinterest quandry. I've decided to abandon my personal accounts (I deleted those links in my sidebar; if you do follow me there, don't expect to see anything new!). For the shop, we'll look into cross-posting from Facebook to Twitter, and otherwise keeping our Twitter feed like it is. But I'm going to devote some time and energy to our Pinterest boards. I think it would be a good fit with our community to share more about what we're knitting, what's inspiring us, new yarns, etc. We'll see.

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Blogger Bonny said...

All of your FOs are simply gorgeous! You and your fashion photographer did a terrific job showing how your knits really look when worn, and I love how you braved the heat and styled them. You are beautifully ready for fall!

Sunday, 07 September, 2014  
Blogger Debbie said...

Your knits are lovely and it looks like you are all set for fall! I am amazed at how fast you knit! I've been plugging away on a lacy cardigan (Brynna) for about three weeks, but I had to rip back the first sleeve and re-knit it because I missed an entire row of the simple lace pattern! Why didn't I notice it earlier?

Sunday, 07 September, 2014  
Blogger Linda said...

I love both of your finished items! Love the colors! That Cepa is delightful! But not the weaving in of ends! LOL!

Linda in VA

Sunday, 07 September, 2014  
Blogger Mary said...

Thank you, Linda! Yeah, ends are not my favorite part, except that it's the last step before I get to a finished piece. And that is always a favorite step!

Sunday, 07 September, 2014  
Blogger knittergran said...

I covet the Cepa---I really want to make one, but I have two sweaters, Nuvem and a lace scarf on the needles at the moment, and I am trying hard not to pick out yarns for Cepa. Your colors are gorgeous!

Sunday, 07 September, 2014  
Blogger Lydia said...

Very inspiring-wonder what the neighbors thought?! I think I'm just going to take a picture of all my FOs piled up. Can't seem to get photos of them actually ON me! Happy Monday-great job on all the knitting.

Monday, 08 September, 2014  
Blogger Honoré said...

You win the prize! Congratulations! Super great fashion show of your wonderful WIPs. Love them all...and the short curly hair and accessories : Jeans and boots.


Monday, 08 September, 2014  
Blogger margene said...

You could be a model for a fashion magazine! Every one of your projects are fabulous and perfect for the upcoming season! Love your hair. Katie's a good fashion stylist!

Tuesday, 09 September, 2014  
Blogger alexa said...

Such beautiful garments - but the real star of the show for me was you! You really look wonderful ...

Tuesday, 09 September, 2014  

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