Friday, March 09, 2007

Kelly Complete

The Kelly cardigan is complete. In fact it was complete about 2 weeks ago making it a pretty quick knit. I am always surprised at just how quickly Kidsilk Haze seems to knit up. I made the small size although I am wondering if perhaps I should not have perhaps made the extra small? I am not petite but it would seem that often the patterns I choose are rather too generous around the chest and yet almost always too short in the body for my liking although I guess that is just a personal desire not to flash any midriff wobbles . I didn't add any length to this and I had my usual trouble setting the sleeves, does anyone else find sleeve setting a nightmare?

I really love wearing this, I wish I had gone for a different colour because this really only goes with a few things in my wardrobe, I may be forced to knit another. The yarn is used double and it is so light and warm, like being hugged and who doesn't want to wear a cardigan that hugs you?

The pattern does not have button holes but requires snap fasteners, if I had bothered to think about this before knitting I probably would have made provision for button holes because I think tiny pearl style buttons would be gorgeous. The only snap fasteners I could find locally were rather clumsy looking so I opted for my usual fall back of a brooch fastening and I am happy with that for the moment but should I knit this again I would certainly add button holes or maybe if I wake up one morning and feel like making tiny i-cord (this is unlikely but you never know) I could add button and loop closures.

What to knit next? I have a baby tank top on the needles and a 4ply cotton sweater for Tilly, who would have though a garment to fit a 4 year old could require so many stitches? My gosh, it is a slow knit, does anyone else find 4ply cotton seems to take longer to knit than 4ply wool? Is this scientifically possible I wonder....? Anyway, I digress, I am wondering what to make for my next big project. I am really taken with some of the projects in the new Rowan Bamboo book but I haven't seen any real ones out there in blogland as yet. I am also keen on the little silk cardigan in the Erika Knight book. Decisions, decisions.....


Blogger Amelia said...

Does anyone else have problems setting sleeves?? Oh yes. To the extent that I went on a Rowan finishing course with a cardigan that I'd knitted ready to be sewn up. The lady teaching the course was a bit taken back when I basically said all I wanted was to learn to set in sleeves. Don't care about picking up stitches, 3 needle bind offs or short row shaping (although those bits were quite good). Just me how to set in a sleeve. Which she did. And they are better now, albeit not perfect. So I sympathise. Lots. x

Friday, March 09, 2007 8:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Flibbertygibbet said...

That colour is absolutely beautiful!

Friday, March 09, 2007 8:59:00 pm  
Anonymous kris said...

oooh so pretty! it looks great on you!

Friday, March 09, 2007 9:13:00 pm  
Blogger Marie said...

Oh, that is absolutely beautiful! I love the colour, and the brooch is just perfect. I have been wanting to knit a cardi with KSH held double for ages, and now you inspire me to do something about it!

Friday, March 09, 2007 9:14:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

You look wonderful! This came out really nice, and I love the brooch fastening.

I always have a tough time deciding on what to knit next... the Erica Knight cardi is lovely, though! :0)

Friday, March 09, 2007 9:42:00 pm  
Anonymous kim said...

As always, you have impeccable taste in color and closures. The sweater looks lovely on you.

Friday, March 09, 2007 10:05:00 pm  
Blogger Karen said...

The cardigan looks superb, and great on.

Friday, March 09, 2007 10:10:00 pm  
Blogger jacqueline said...

oh wow! that cardigan has come out absolutely gorgeous!! it has the beautiful wafty look about it.

i love the brooch but the pearl button idea would also have been gorgous.

Friday, March 09, 2007 10:29:00 pm  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I think that looks fantastic, brooch and all. I must say you wear it well! This is another style that I wouldn't have looked at twice in the pattern book but when you see it on a "real person" it is so much more appealing.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:29:00 am  
Blogger martinasds said...

Hi there,
may I ask you how many balls of Kid silk haze you needed for the cardigan? I have just designed a wrap around cardi to be knitted in KSH double but have no idea about yarn consumption - if I know how much you used that at least gives me a guideline.
many thanks
(knitter, crafter etc from London - non blogger however)

Saturday, March 10, 2007 12:06:00 pm  
Anonymous Helen said...

this looks so nice and soft. Love the colour too.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 12:32:00 pm  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I am feeling very inspired, now, to knit one of these sweaters-that-hug-you-back for myself! Love your color choice, as well.

As for the sleeves, I have found that Rowan patterns have especially difficult sleeves to set in... oftentimes not enough of a curvy, bell shape to make an easy set-in.

As for your next project, definitely the sweet short-sleeved silk number from Erika Knight's book--I'd love to see that one knit up.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 2:21:00 pm  
Anonymous carol said...

Oh so stylish and pretty. I love the colour and it looks wonderful on you. Lovely, just lovely especially with the brooch rather than the snap fasteners.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 2:50:00 pm  
Blogger Flavaknits said...

Kelly is beautiful, and what a lovely brooch - I always struggle with setting in sleeves , it takes me at least 2 attempts each time. One day I'll get it.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:27:00 pm  
Blogger Miss Twiss said...

I just love the colour of this sweater! Well done.

Sunday, March 11, 2007 3:10:00 am  
Blogger Lina said...

Congratulations on your finish! It's beautiful and looks good on you. And I LOVE that color!

And I know what you mean about setting the sleeves...

Sunday, March 11, 2007 8:51:00 am  
Blogger Krawuggl said...

Kelly is so beautiful and it looks gorgeous on you! I like so much how you wear it with the skirt and a longer T-shirt under it, gives it an absolute feminin, fantastic style. Your brooch makes it also look very sophisticated, and small pearl buttons would give it a lovely vintage appearance (thanks for this suggestion!).
Setting in sleeves is the most horrifying thing for me, I always fear so much to definitely disturb all my knitting with ugly seams. May I aks you how you usally do it - at last with back stitch or at first with mattress stitch?

Monday, March 12, 2007 10:48:00 am  
Blogger yvette said...

Your cardi looks fab, I hate sewing up but setting in sleeves in particular.

Monday, March 12, 2007 1:12:00 pm  
Blogger Cecile said...

I love your cardigan so much, it looks really beautiful!

Monday, March 12, 2007 4:59:00 pm  
Anonymous Wendy said...

That looks fab. Now I have popped over here i am going to crawl back under a stone have been so busy and so productive.( have to admit very inspiring)

Monday, March 12, 2007 7:45:00 pm  
Anonymous heather said...

Absolutely gorgeous - love the golden tones. And the sleeves may have been a night mare but they look great :0)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 4:59:00 pm  
Blogger Strikkelise said...

It's beautiful, and it goes very well with that great skirt!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 9:34:00 pm  
Blogger sue said...

I think your cardigan looks gorgeous, and it looks lovely on you too. I love the closure too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 5:17:00 am  
Blogger handknit168 said...

The cardi is very pretty by KSH. It is simply and looks nice on you.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 6:34:00 am  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I love your kelly. It's gorgeous!!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 2:02:00 am  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Ooh la la.
I don't find setting in sleeves in knitting as difficult as in sewing. Maybe that's why I don't really sew clothes anymore
The sweater looks so soft! Very nice.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 8:08:00 pm  
Blogger MRS MJW said... that's pretty. Why is simpler always so much prettier?

Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:22:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks great!! I like the colour. I love the Classic Knits book and just finished the chunky turtle neck sweater and it fits well. Just wondering what is your chest measurement since I want to start on the kelly sweater as well and is deciding on size. The chunky sweater I knit the S but the kelly cardigan seems to demand a snuggler fit. How many KSH did you end up using? Thanks.

Monday, March 19, 2007 6:32:00 pm  
Anonymous Nora said...

Well, blogger mustn't be updating you feeds... HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?
It's stunning. A truly beautiful piece.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 8:44:00 pm  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

Your new cardi is just lovely.

Did you use a pattern? I googled on "Rowan Kelly Kidsilk," and found a very different cardigan in Rowan 31 (made from All Seasons Cotton, with a wide button band).

Saturday, March 24, 2007 11:34:00 am  
Anonymous Mary said...

I love this sweater. I just learned to knit and am totally in love with it. Enjoyed your blog so much I may try a sweater myself. Thanks!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 6:49:00 am  
Blogger Elena said...

Your Kelly is lovely. Oh, and I think the colour on yours is awesome. Also the one Kris(strikker) has made, in Trance, is marvellous. I actually want to make one too. But can't decide which colour too choose - it is between the beige and the teal.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 9:25:00 am  

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