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Monday, February 02, 2009

Finally some FO's

I've been so seriously behind in photographing and cataloguing finished objects, but today I managed to take a few photos this morning whilst there was still some natural light available. Since lunchtime there has been a heavy snow laden sky and it has been snowing steadily for a number of hours now.

Before I reveal my FO's a little update on my last post. Unfortunately, no the pigs aren't mine. I intend to have one or two at some point soon but I'm starting with chickens in April and working my way up. Also all the yarn that went from the middle of the room went in a number of directions. Some on top of the bookcases, some into the outhouse/utility/laundry room which fortunately is heated and some at present into the loft whilst it gets sorted.

And now, finally, for some FO's. The first two are from A Stitch in Time. The first is The Rose Jumper, knitted in Blue Sky Alpaca Silk (one of the most gorgeous yarns on the planet).

rose jumper 1

I love the crocheted flowers. The front neckline has small tucks sewn into it under the flowers to improve the drape over the bust.

rose jumper 2

I have a beautiful wool tweed fabric which has the wheat colour of the jumper running through it, which I am making into a skirt - but its not finished yet.

The second FO from A Stitch in Time is Variation on the Cross Over Line, for which I've used Rowan wool 4 Ply in this lovely old blue. This is a very forgiving sweater and I could possibly have done a size smaller - I did the large - but there is no gape at the front which means I don't have to wear a brooch with it unless I want to.

crossover 1

crossover 2

It is knitted in a really simple rib stitch which creates this great textured fabric with the most phenomenal stretch. And for those of us with an ample bosom it is extremely flattering. The front is knitted in three pieces (four sections) two of which cross over each other as can be seen. The two centre pieces extend over the shoulders to form this triangle detail at the back.

crossover 3

I really think this is a timeless garment. So flattering and wearable.

A while ago I mentioned that one of my designs was in Knits to Share and Care and I was given the garment back the other day so I could belatedly take photos of it.

The design is called Babys Coming Home and is for premature babies to come home from hospital in. Its made using Rowan fine milk cotton so its super soft on the skin and in a natural cream shade. Unfortunately in the book it looks beige - still lovely, but beige.

babys coming home1

This is the full set of matinee coat, pants and hat.

babys coming home2

This is the detail of the 'triangle' pattern around the yoke, neck and on the hat. The coat is knitted in the round, sleeves are knitted on DPNs.

I have two more FO's from A Stitch in Time waiting to be sewn up and a third on the needles. But taking a break from all this vintage knitting, I found two balls of Rowan Scottish DK lurking around and also this lovely beret pattern on Gudrun's site. I've been wanting a great hat for ages and this really has knitted up beautifully.

linga 1

linga 2

I think the yarn almost looks like a rock formation.

Much more to share but now sitting in total darkness so

for now
Ruby xxx

P.S. Update on that Galliano pattern coming soon.


Shrinky Inky said...

it's wonderful to see those Stitch In Time patterns done up - I ordered the book last week and am impatiently awaiting its arrival! I can't wait to get started on new additions to my vintage wardrobe that will fit!

Yours are lovely!

Gudrun Johnston said...

Gorgeous vintage knits! The beret came out great too!

Anonymous said...

Lovely knits. I have the book and it's good to see different versions/photos of the garments in it.

Stephanie N said...

Beautiful work! I really want that book and it has been KILLING ME to not get it-but I am poor right now, so it has to wait :(

Lauren Hairston said...

You'll have to let us know how the chicken-keeping goes. My husband is really against having any, so I'll have to live vicariously through your experiences! I love all the FOs. I need to knit a few things from A Stitch in Time (I have the old edition).

VicJoRob said...

I love the triangle detail on the blue sweater. So unique. Your work is so inspirational.

Shay said...

The crossover's nice but the rose pullover is GORGEOUS.