Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FO bliss

I've got a confession to make: when it comes to blogging, I've been holding back a little. I think you all know that I've recently discovered a love of sewing, and while I've been happy to share my FOs and some of my experiences as I work on my first quilts. I don't post every block I complete though, even when I'm practically bursting with pride at my accomplishment. Nor do I post about any fabric stash enhancement, as a rule. For the past 3 years, this blog has been all about the knitting. Even though I'm happy as a clam branching out into sewing, I figure knitting is what interests my readers the most.

Which is why I'm so excited to be writing today's post. Brace yourselves, knitters, for I present you today with an honest-to-goodness knitted FO!

That's right! Just in time for the cooler end-of-summer weather, I finally finished my beloved Akoya cardigan.


~Sigh~ Isn't she lovely? The trellis lace, the cables, the negative yield making it fit "just so". It's a perfect addition to my wardrobe, which I like to think of as "New Librarian Chic".


And I love, love, loooove the cables at the back. Attention to detail really is the key to making a garment exceptional, you know?

Insert happy sigh ***here***


Pattern: Akoya, by Carol Feller
Yarn: Quince and Co. Tern (just under 6 skeins used), Blue Bay colourway
Needles: 3.5 mm
Modifications: I had to go up several needle sizes to achieve gauge, and didn't like the resulting fabric at all. I stayed with the 3.5 mm needle and knit the larger size (37-39 inch bust) to achieve the 34-36 inch bust size, and it worked out great.


I'm already thinking about casting on for another sweater. After all, Rhinebeck is only 61 days away, and a girl can't have too many wool sweaters, can she?

Happy Knitting, Everyone!

15 comments:

Tim Landry said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations!

sapphireblue said...

It fits great!! Lovely!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

It looks great! I guess the countdown to Rhinebeck means you're going?

margaux said...

It's LOVELY!! Beautiful job! :-) YEA knitting!

cauchy09 said...

oh, hooray!!! i love those lacy accents. and it fits you perfectly! congrats!

Chantal Boucher said...

Vraiment superbe! Contente de voir que tu tricotes encore!

kate-the-enabler said...

61 days! Whoop! whoop!
The sweater is lovely, entirely, and it fits marvellously.
As for the whole 'my blog readers are interested in the knitting' thing....I suspect that's true, to a point, but I also suspect that many of your blog readers, like myself, are mostly just plain ol' interested in YOU (er, please read that the 'right' way ;) ) - so for what MY vote is worth? You blog whatever makes your heart happy, and I'll be glad to know of it. Cheers :)

Maryse said...

It's beautiful Tara! I was looking forward to see that cardigan that you were just a buttons away ;-) I personally enjoy seeing your quilt squares, garden, kids, ... all things that make you happy!

Dawn said...

Wow, I love that blue! It looks great with your complexion and dark hair! I also like the way those cables pull in a bit to provide some waist shaping.,

Dad said...

Pretty girl, beautiful sweater and 60 days to Rhinebeck. I am one lucky Dad - who needs SOCKS! Love you, Me XXOX

Cynthia F said...

Oooh wow! Beautiful! I envy your knitting skills!

Alrischa said...

I love finished objects! This one has so many nice little details. I'm strangely drawn to the collar corner (?) where it goes from vertical (ribbing) to horizontal (garter?). The trellis cables really make it, though!

Sandra said...

I second Kate - I have no problem seeing your sewing... Have to show my apron in real life. And BTW, I'll be sewing a crib quilt based on some ideas from Oh! Fransson....

Yarny Days said...

THis is so beautiful! What a great fit...

Sinéad said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous. That colour is amazeballs on you. Isn't Carol a great designer? I'm going to her new book launch in a couple of weeks, can't wait!