Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The agony and the ecstacy

Let's start with the agony. I blocked Belle Epoque and the yarn is just so soft, it's a dream. I love the color, I love the soft texture, I hate the sweater.

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The belt is just to fiddly for me and I haven't even attached the crushable ribbon roses yet. Plus the empire waist instead of camoflaging my less than perfect stomach just accentuates the fact that I've had three children and can't do a proper sit up. But the sweater is miles to long to wear without the belt. Without the belt I'm swimming in a sea of blue yarn. I may try to frog it from the bottom because I think I might like it if it looks like this

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Doesn't that look better? Or I might just frog the entire thing and try to make it something new, but mohair is so hard to frog. I'll probably just hide it in the back of my closet for a few years until I can donate it to Goodwill with minimal guilt about all the time and effort I put into it.

That's the agony, here's the ecstacy and her name is the Nicole Camisole

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She's just as pretty from the back too

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I finished her in three days. She took two days to knit, and one day to sew together. She's beautiful, and fits like she was made just for me (and she was). She's one of those rare projects that just flow together with minimal swearing and makes it all worth it. Her buttons need changed though.

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They're very pretty and I like them alot but they are a tad too small. They keep slipping out of the eyelet holes which The Greatest likes, but I'm a little uncomfortable with. I was eyeing some really cute green dinosaur buttons and I think I will get those to go on the camisole. I like adding a touch of whimsy. I'll save these buttons to go on a dress I'm going to sew for Bird. Speaking of Bird isn't she cute?

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I can't believe she's going to be one next month. In unrelated topics I'm impatiently waiting for the Spring issue of Knitty, and while I wait I've been working on The Greatest's sweater

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I love him, I hate the sweater. I hate the yarn, I hate trying to make this with no pattern, I love him, I hate size three needles with 315 stitches per round, I love him, I hate ribbing. But I love him so knit away I will, until a better project comes along.

3 comments:

Jacki said...

See, I knew I needed to read Dante's Inferno. I don't know if the ninth circle is the first or the last. But Aren't there only seven to begin with? Now I have a renewed interest in cursing people to the deepest pit of hell - when they get back, I can ask them what number it was.

The sweater does look better shorter. But I know what you mean about frogging mohair. Maybe you could sell it?

I love that cami! And I think the dnio buttons would be really fun and cute.

Wow, a sweater without a pattern? Yikes! I found a man's sweater pattern in Creative Knitting that BF will wear - *if* I can alter the neckline so it's not so wide. Like I know how to do that. What yarn is it that you hate so much?

Anonymous said...

I think Belle looks better longer and is more flattering than the shorter version. Seeing yours makes me want to knit this. I've just added it to my list.

Anonymous said...

Oh, also wanted to add, maybe loosen the ribbon a bit. Doesn't have to be tight to create a soft, flattering outline. I love that sweater on you.