First let me just write that even though it's been 7 months since I posted a knitted FO, I have been knitting the entire time. Well, as often as I usually knit at any rate. It has been a terrible year for me for this craft. You name it, it has happened - ordered yarn that turned out not to be the weight advertised; getting gauge and knitting an entire lace yoke only to have it turn out too big; running out of yarn for the sleeves and having to wait 3 months for it to be restocked; getting talked into a sport weight yarn at my local yarn shop when I went in there for lace weight; etc, etc. BUT I have not given up as I love knitted garments and am determined to improve my skills and knowledge.
Without further ado, here is my very first knitted FO for 2010. It is "Slinky Ribs" from the book Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. I LOVE her patterns as they always turn out looking like the example picture and are put together interesting ways and knit in one piece. You'll notice that mine does not have sleeves. Well, it was suppose to, but I must not be very good at short rows because the one sleeve I knit was a hot mess. Especially at the underarm. Now I realize I would not be parading around with my arms up, and that most people would never see the sloppy underarms. But I would know it wasn't perfect and consequently it wouldn't get worn. You may think I need therapy, but I think knowing my quirks is a good thing.
To finish the armholes I simply copied the neckline finish. One of the best things about this design is that the ribbing comes down to the midriff area - at least that is the way I made mine - and this keeps the silhouette nice and fitted. Although I'm a little done with time consuming ribbing at the moment.
I am really not a pink-loving person and own maybe two pink tops and randomly one suit. However, this yarn was given to me by a step-aunt. Free yarn - who can say no thanks to that? It is Sirdar Opium Cotton with Silk, an older yarn I'm sure. No telling how long it was in her stash. The content is 58% cotton, 37% acrylic, and only 5% silk. I'm guessing that 5% was only thrown in there so they could call it "cotton with silk". But hey, the label claims it's machine washable so no complaints from me!
These cute little ball buttons were purchased from JoAnn's.
Surprisingly, this sweater is the perfect match to these orphan capris made last summer. Yes they look funny pinned to Her Highness. Use your imagination, people!!!
I do have a white sweaterknit cardigan completed, but that will have to wait for another day.
Oh, and it's my sister's birthday: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELISA!!!