Saturday, December 31, 2011

First Color Work

I have always loved Scandinavian art, furnishings, and textiles. Not the really fancy end of things. I mostly love the peasant style. I really enjoy the patterns and simple colors, especially the heavy focus on neutrals with pops of color, swirly white curtains, and almost always...geraniums. Red geraniums in terracotta pots.
I have a book that I purchased many years ago (before I ever had a house) to use as inspiration for creating my someday home. (Creating the Look Swedish Style by Katrin Cargill). In fact it was in this book that I first spied and fell in love with Swedish Clocks. All this to say that as soon as I started knitting I decided I wanted to knit fair aisle sweaters and beautiful things like they knit in countries where winters are brutally cold. And Long.
But all that detail?
Meh.
Pretty sure I don't have that kind if patience, I thought.
Then one night I came across a pattern for a vest that I really loved. It included a simple patterned yoke, and I was pretty sure I could swing that level of intensity. Armed with some seriously beautiful yarn(Mirasol Miski 100% Baby Lama) and a very sparse pattern I started in.
First Color Work
And two weeks later it had all worked out just the way I had hoped.
Color Work Vest
I did have to rip out the neck line about 3 times because of my forgetfulness, but I was so happy when I tried it on and it actually fit. Perfectly. I wore it the next day with a nice white button up shirt and some navy trousers.
Did I ever feel proud. Do I ever feel proud.
I really love wearing this vest and I'm pretty pleased that I'll be able to wear it well into Spring because of the lack of sleeves. Next I'll take on a fully yoked cardigan, which I plan to knit in the round and steek (eek). For next winter. I know I need to take this kind of work slow and steady, but I'm no longer afraid of slow knitting. I now understand the concept of projects that take a season or two.

15 comments:

  1. Really love the design of this sweater - could you share the pattern info. I'm thinking of starting a yoked cardigan myself. Happy knitting, lynn

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  2. Oh, Heather! Well done! Simply gorgeous color choices and excellent color work! I'm inspired. It's lovely.

    Only thing missing - a photo of you IN it!

    xoxo

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  3. Heather, it's absolutely stunning. I love the colors too. You should be proud of yourself. This is quite an accomplishment. Good for you!

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  4. Well goodness gracious - great balls of yarn! That is just beautiful! What a knitter you have become (I'm slightly green ... just bein' real). Really, it's georgous. Be proud you should be!

    ps - my favorite color is red and I'm a size small ... I would be the least bit upset if one of these showed up in my mailbox. Just sayin'

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  5. Oh Heather...I love this. I love the colours, the pattern, the fact that it's a vest. I've fallen in love with sweater vests myself and have a few of them on my to-do list. (One is done)

    Good for you. Steeking scares the hell out of me. You are a crazy lady. :)

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  6. I love the sweater. I bet you it looked beautiful wearing it!! I just started crying while I was typing this. I really miss you!!!!! I have got to plan a trip home.

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  7. Obviously my crying affected my typing. I meant to say that I am sure you looked beautiful wearing it.

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  8. This is so pretty! It would be so fun to wear!

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  9. This is really beautiful Heather! You did such a good job1 You should be proud!

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  10. It really is a beauty, Heather. I love, love, love the purples. Wear it with pride, girl!

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  11. You are amazing! I haven't been to your blog in a while but, every time I come I am so impressed with the life you have created for yourself. I am a bit envious. But, I just have to know mine will get there. I'm just a bit frazzled right now with a toddler running around and no time for myself.

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  12. Oh my gosh! This one is beautiful too!

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