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Friday, March 17, 2017

FO Friday | Loulou and Mineral.

It was 40 degrees, drizzling and windy on Sunday morning, but Katie did a fine job with the camera - and now I have not one, but two!!!!, finished sweaters to share!

First up is Loulou, a pattern Amy Miller released in January. I bought it the day it came out, thinking the sweater quantity of Kid Classic I had (purchased on major sale a few years back when Rowan discontinued the color) would work. My stitch gauge was a smidge loose but the row gauge worked (phew, I would not want to recalculate that raglan shaping!). I knit the size 36 to get a 37. and I couldn't be happier with the fit. (thank you, Amy, for getting me to more ease and more length in my sweaters ... it works!)

This sweater was knit in pieces and seamed. The hardest part of the whole project for me was the exposed seams. seriously. two days of "knitting time" with a sewing needle. But what a cool detail!

The funnest part of the project was the texture stitch on the front and back. (I haven't looked at the finished piece too closely - if there are boo-boo's in the pattern, I don't want to know!)

I also learned a new-to-me technique - knitting an i-cord and then picking up stitches along the edge. I love the look - and it's easy!

A friend who owns a clothing boutique suggested the white jeans. It was colder yesterday when I wore the sweater again (hopefully for the last time this season) and I wore my boots (also hopefully for the last time this season 😉) ... definitely a better choice than those flats without socks! 

And here's Mineral.

This is the sweater I started on that lemonade day back in January. I finished it quickly (topdown seamless stockinette on size 8 needles - sweaters don't get much faster than that, especially when the pattern is written by Melanie Berg and just ... flows) and wore it once or twice before the February spring came. I took it to Madison and it was too warm to wear there, too. But I'm not complaining. 

It's a great piece - simple styling, that new "more ease, more length" fit, in one of my favorite Shibui colors. I know I'll wear it plenty next year!

Next week, maybe I'll have a Spring sweater to share. I'm close. and hopefully a weekend full of knitting and basketball is all I need to finish. What are you wishing for this weekend?

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Blogger Honoré said...

I wish: That I'd have a couple sweaters like yours to share ;-)). Seriously, I 'll take either and they look fantastic on you. I love the setting for the shoot! Lucky you to have Katie; she does a great job.

Friday, 17 March, 2017  
Blogger Bridget said...

Those sweaters are gorgeous and they fit you so perfectly! I would love to knit a sweater, but my previous attempts have not looked too good, so I just gave up.

Have a good weekend!

Friday, 17 March, 2017  
Blogger Bonny said...

As wonderful as one sweater FO is, two that look that beautiful and fit so perfectly is worthy of a celebration! I suspect your reward might be more knitting time and possibly a glass of wine; have two for two great FOs!
P.S. Too warm to wear a sweater in Madison in February is a sentence I never though I'd read!

Friday, 17 March, 2017  
Blogger Vera said...

Beautiful sweaters and they both look great on you. I need to knit one (I have the yarn), but socks are so much faster.

Friday, 17 March, 2017  
Blogger Juliann in WA said...

Beautiful sweaters! I like the white jeans and flats too. Hooray for the weekend!

Friday, 17 March, 2017  
Blogger Carole said...

Those are both fantastic sweaters to have in your wardrobe. I especially like the shape, texture and ease of Lou Lou.

Saturday, 18 March, 2017  
Blogger Lydia said...

I've got Meridian back in action. Seriously hoping I'll have the pieces done by Beaufort, I need major guidance on finishing-especially the sleeves. Well done-love both of these.

Saturday, 18 March, 2017  
Blogger Debbie said...

Gorgeous sweaters, looks like you are all set for next fall. I am always amazed at how well your sweaters fit. I really like LouLou and think I might give that one a try.

Saturday, 18 March, 2017  
Blogger AsKatKnits said...

They are both gorgeous! I love them!! Nice work - you incredible knitter, you!

Monday, 20 March, 2017  
Blogger karen said...

gorgeous sweaters and I love them both equally! they fit you perfectly and what a pretty day for photos even if it was chilly :)

Monday, 20 March, 2017  
Blogger margene said...

You do such beautiful work and your sweaters are just enviable! They fit you so well in color and style, as well size. LOVE the way you work and think.

Monday, 20 March, 2017  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Beautiful sweaters, Mary!!

Monday, 20 March, 2017  
Anonymous Patty said...

Just wonderful Mary! Beautiful pieces that should see lots of wear for sure. What a weekend for the NCAA!

Monday, 20 March, 2017  
Blogger alexa said...

These are both so lovely and elegant. I do like all the texture in your first one, and the fine detailing. Very special indeed.

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017  

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