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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Finished Miette, you heard me right!

Yay, I'm so happy!!  I made it!
I think this is the best thing I've done this year, you guys.  It's one of those "I climbed a mountain" moments.  And if the cardigan is a mountain, my trusty sherpa is definitely Gail.  (lol!)
Thanks a million to you Gail!  You're a gem!

Triumph!
 Since my last blog post, I weaved in all the ends, did the buttons (thanks for all your suggestions, I loved them!), and blocked.  For blocking, I laid it on my ironing board, and hovered the iron above it, steaming it while moving the iron around the garment.  Then I flipped it over and did the same again.
I was pretty scared of blocking, but it was pretty easy after all.  You just have to figure out what method you want to use!  Apparently steaming is good for cotton.  You don't want to soak it since it might stretch out.
I took some before and after shots since I was keen to see how the blocking changed it.  I could see that the stitches were more uniform and it opened up the lace.  Cool!

Left- blocked, right- unblocked
My added stitches and stretchy bind off at the waist meant it was not too pinchy, what a relief!

I wore this with my New Look 6872 skirt (my first blogged project!).  I think this cardigan would be perfect with a summery dress underneath.  Ooh wouldn't it be nice with broderie anglaise?  The eyelets in the fabric and cardigan would complement each other perfectly!

 Getting sick of photos in my back yard?  Yeah, me too lol!




I was thinking of stabilising the button bands with ribbon underneath, but I was too lazy to.   I think maybe this is more necessary for ladies who are curvier up top!  They don't seem to gape too badly.  I'll keep an eye on them though!


 The neckline at the back seems a bit uneven, slipping lower on my left shoulder.  I don't know if that's uneven shoulders or my dodgy knitting.  No big deal though!  I cleverly picked a shot that didn't show it very well.  lol!

I think there could probably be some fitting improvements if I made it again (are the raglan lines supposed to point more towards my armpits?  They seem a little wide.  And also, my neckline is quite wide too), but overall I'm really happy with it!

Gail is posting about her today as well so check her out!  Thanks again Gail for all your help!

Isn't her cardigan lovely?

So, yup, I seem to have caught the knitting bug!  As you saw previously, I have already started my Francis Revisited.
And I have loads of future knitting inspiration too.  My favourites queue on Ravelry is chock full!  I have bought yarn for Peabody, Milena, and Agatha (I couldn't help it, it was on sale!).  Which to start first?! 

 p.s OMG guys I only just found out that when you queue paid patterns on Ravelry, you can put them in your wishlist for people to gift them to you!  How neat is that?  It comes up as a little tab you can select in your queue.
Have any of you used this feature before?  It seems like the perfect way to give a knitter in your life a lovely surprise :)
So friends, get to wishlisting!! :)  And add me on Ravelry here :)


Happily ever after with Miettes :)

22 comments:

  1. Amaze-balls! Yay!

    And I for one am not sick of your back yard - I love the view of the mountains!

    Yeah, the raglans on these top-down sweaters never seem to go right to the armhole - it kind of bugs me!

    And I did not know about that "gift" feature on Rav - just tried it out ;-)

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    1. You were supposed to add items to YOUR wishlist, not gift me, you sneak!! You are such a lovely lovely lady! Thank you!!

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    2. Ha! Hadn't read this and I just gifted you a sweater. I really hope it's not the same one that Gail gave you :-) Both of your sweaters are awesome! Gail really helped me to catch the knitting bug (and to fix the numerous beginner mistakes I have made).

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    3. Thanks so much! That is so very very kind of you!

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  2. Its really pretty and well done on all your hard work. Must add this to my Rav queue as I always need cardigans!

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  3. Great job, it looks fantastic!! I have Milena in my queue too. :)

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    1. Ooh really? I'm sure you'll finish it before me. I'll have to see what you think of the pattern!

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  4. This looks absolutely adorable! Great job, you! I like your backyard photos, too-- so scenic!

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  5. This is wonderful Jo. I'm really getting into knitting as well. I'd never heard of blocking before! So much to learn!

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  6. That is stunningly gorgeous. I keep saying I want to knit, and seeing amazing inspiration like your new cardigan, but I can't seem to get over the point of resistance! In the mean time, I will enjoy looking at the incredible creations of peeps like yourself. I hope you get lots of wear out of it - because this totally deserves to be worn with pride!

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    1. That is so super sweet of you! I'm sure you can learn to knit! Just grab some chunky yarn and knittinghelp.com and you're ready to learn! There are loads of free easy scarf patterns on Ravelry to practice with too :)

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  7. I can attest to it being just as lovely in person if not more so! :)

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  8. It look so so good! You're truly an inspiration! I need to keep going with mine. I want a pretty sweater too :)

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  9. It looks so good! Great job. Maybe I'll get bit by the knitting bug too!

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  10. It looks beautiful! You really did a fantastic job. What a difference the blocking makes. I love the idea of some broderie anglaise too :)
    -Kim

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  11. That looks so good! I think it will go with a lot of different things. Maybe this fall I'll work on actually learning to knit - I can kind of sort of do just plain knit and purl, but I need a lot of practice! I'm better with crocheting and the different motions throw me off when I try to knit. But you can get such different looks with knitting, and this is so inspiring!

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  12. This is so adorable, I can't stand it. I must learn to knit IMMEDIATELY!

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  13. It looks lovely! Job well done! I don't have the patience for knitting - I still have a half finished scarf that has been sitting there for 3 years!!

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  14. You definitely climbed the mountain with this one girl! I love it. It's a great dress topper!

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  15. Yes this is lovely and works beautifully with the skirt. Weren't you freezing though, for the pictures I mean?

    Oh and hell yes with broderie anglaise!

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    1. Haha, it was a rare moment of sun. As soon as I'd got the pictures the clouds came in and it was cold for the rest of the day. I ran back inside and jumped in my wooly warmies, lol!

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