Wool in my soup

I am a 67 year-old grandmother living on Vancouver Island. I have crocheted, cross-stitched and rug hooked, but I always had yarn on needles. Recently knitting has become my primary hobby!

Location: Canada

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

French Vanilla with Pearls!

I know, I am busy getting ready for the book sale, but I need some down time too. I started French Vanilla on April 5th and completed it on April 16th. These photos were taken last evening in the garden and so they are a little 'dark'. I am thrilled with this knit. I like the simplicity of the design on the bottom of the body of the sweater and the sleeves and then a nice collar with the pattern! I tried mattress stitch in closing the side seams and I really like the result.

This sweater was knit from Marks and Kattens Orkide. The yarn is 20% silk, 40% Merino Wool and 40% acrylic microfibre. It was lovely to knit with and feels so nice next to my skin. The yarn was on sale for $2.00 a ball, so a sweater for $14.00 + $4.00 worth of buttons is a great little addition to the summer wardrobe. It can be worn open as well. I knit it according to the pattern with only one small change. I did not pick up stitches for the button and buttonhole band. I first knit the left side and added 8 stitches to the front edge and knitted them in seed stitch. When the left was completed, I marked the button spots and then knit the right side and worked in the buttonholes to correspond. I am thrilled with this and I think my method looks better than the picture in the book. The pattern is in Knitter's Magazine Summer 2006. I got this summer skirt I am wearing and it was one of those colours that you just could not seem to get a t-shirt or sweater to go with it, but voila, I am all set. Glad my DH did not get my 'white' legs. I think I must get out and get some self tanning lotion for the legs, as hopefully bare legs and toes will be possible!
Thanks to all who commented and wished us luck with our book sale. I, for one, think that libraries and books are the best!

Finally my hair is growing down past my back hairline. The hair at the bottom is dark, but the longer hair is white, so it will soon win out and the dark hair will be covered! I am still adjusting to longer hair - it has taken time to grow it, but every once in a while when it moves from its own weight, such as when you bend over and the hair swings forward, I am surprised!! Of course, it was only about two years ago that I had my head shaved!!

Also, I think I have swimmers' shoulders - how did they get so broad!? Swimming three miles a week will do that, I guess.


Blogger LaurieM said...

Beautiful! The sweater turned out just lovely and it will make an awesome wardrobe stable. And what a price! You can't spend your money better than that. Not only did you have the fun of knitting it, you've got a great garment to show for it.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

The sweater turned out great, classic colour and style that I bet you get tons of use of.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Another lovely thing, and made so speedily, too. You should have your own yarn shop, Peg, - you'd knit everything up so quickly to show how it's done and have finished work to display, and you've the technical knowledge to advise people, and an eye for a bargain to boot. How about it?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Can't decide who's prettiest in this pic, you or the camellias!! The sweater is beautiful too Peg - you will get a lot of use from it this Summer I'm certain.
Your hair is looking great - how long do you plan to grow it?
Enjoy the book sale...........and thanks for the nice comments on my garden.
P.S. Five teeny weeny chickadees
have hatched in the bird box on my back fence - and there are eggs in the wren's nest in the kitchen window box.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Beautiful sweater, Peg, so nicely knit up and how clever on the button band!

4:07 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

I love that sweater! It looks like something that you could wear a lot. How wonderful that you got such a nice sweater at such a good price! Don't you love a bargain? Good luck with your sale. It must be the time for Library Book Sales because ours is also coming up. Somehow I always end up with more books than I donate.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

Bravo, for french vanilla ! It's really beautiful !
Next summer, I traveled...in British Columbia and bought the Summer Knitty issue and I bring it back to France because I like very much this sweater ! I think I will knit it ...in a few days,...weeks or..months but never as speedily than you !
Good luck for your book sale !

11:27 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Every time I peek in on you, you've knit something beautiful! And what a bargain you got on the yarn.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

You look wonderful, Peg, and what a fast knit! I'm a bit envious of all the wonderful things flying off your needles. :0)

12:01 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Peg, I love your sweater and actually have thought of knitting something very similar for summer, but I also wanted to mention your stunning hair. It's a lovely color and I am delighted you are letting it grow. Beautiful!

6:50 AM  

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