08 August 2014

Onslaught of finished projects

I debated with myself about whether I wanted to blog about some of the projects I've finished so far this year.  I settled on a few that I really wanted to share because I enjoyed them so much!  Also, I must apologize in advance for looking so melancholy in these photos, I have no idea why!

I have been wanting to knit another Gemini for ages, I knit one two years ago and I loved both the process of knitting it and the finished product so much.

The pattern is Gemini by Jane Richmond, published in Knitty, Spring + Summer 2012 and there's something about the simplicity of this pattern that makes it so appealing to me.

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The yarn for this top was some that I have treasured for a while now, it was some upcycled cashmere yarn that me and my mother worked together to save.  It was a wonderful process that I detail a little more in a previous post (I estimated that I saved at least $43 a skein by upcycling!).  Knitting this old favorite with such a special yarn made this project particularly memorable.

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I also really enjoyed knitting this Rockfall Sweater, which I finished in April.  I love sweaters with an interesting construction and detail, this one is definitely following one of my favorite fashion trends, strategically placed mesh and lace.

The pattern is Rockfall Sweater by Mari Chiba, published in Knitscene, Spring 2013.

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Although I love the end product and this was a fun pattern to knit, I was frustrated by a couple aspects of this project.  For one, I think the sizing runs a little small, if I were to knit this again, I would go up a size for sure.  Secondly, the neckline instructions were vague in places and made it very frustrating.  I ended up having to frog, rewrite, and knit the section several times to make it look right.  I would definitely recommend planning out the neckline before you start on it.

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Both of these projects turned out so wonderfully and I'm looking forward to Fall when I can start wearing my new Rockfall sweater!

15 comments:

  1. They are both lovely! Gemini has been in my queue for quite a while and I love yours!

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  2. I have that magazine and have been eyeing rockfall, but for now it sounds like I will pass for something else. I love that you used your upcycled yarn for your gemini, such a wonderful use!

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  3. You definitely like a particular style! I've admired that tee for a while, too.

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  4. Yeahhhh! So glad you're back to the blogging world!

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  5. Both those garments really look good on you. It's nice that after the struggle of knitting something, it fits.

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  6. I really like the neckline on both your projects, but particularly like the first one. Great job

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  7. You have a great eye for patterns, especially the ones that work so well with your figure. These are terrific knits. I like the cute detailing at the tops.

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  8. Beautiful sweaters! They both look so gorgeous on you. I've been considering trying out reclaiming/upcycling yarn for a while - I had no idea the savings could be so great!

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  9. Fantastic sweaters!

    I like to upcycle yarn, too. I have several hanks waiting to be knit and sweater ready to ravel - not enough time to do all I want to do.

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  10. Gorgeous sweaters! I really like to colour of Rockfall.

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  11. You sweater knitters make me feel inferior! What gorgeous sweaters. Someday I'll take the plunge.

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  12. Both of these sweaters look so great on you! I remember when you and your mom unraveled that sweater. I'm so happy to see you've made something so lovely with it.

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