Tuesday, February 25, 2014

fabulous forties fair isle...

 This sweater is the most ambitious fair isle project that I've ever attempted.
I'm very pleased with the results!
The pattern is from the Fall/Winter 2009 issue of Debbie Bliss Knitting magazine.
In case you haven't noticed Debbie Bliss is my very favorite knitwear designer.
I especially love the vintage style designs she favors.
This one ticks all the boxes for me.
1940s : Yep.
Pretty color palette (Ash grey & dreamy pastels) : Uh-huh.
British: Yeah, did I mention she's an English designer?
Wooly goodness: You better believe it. I used Knit Picks' Palette Wool
(Have I ever told you how much I adore natural fibers? *Especially wool & cotton* Why bother taking the time to make something if you're not gonna do it the old fashioned way!?) 
 I just love the sweet peter pan collar.
(Probably my favorite of all the collars.)
With the fair isle motif to boot!
What is a new sweater without a new skirt to go with it?
I had some grey corduroy in my stash that fit the bill.

 Here it is from the back - cute little pleats!
At first I was afraid of the puffy sleeves...
(since I have rather beefy arms & wide shoulders)
but I decided just to own it & wear it loud and proud!
A big thanks to my sister Aimee for taking most of the pics.
It's really hard to take them yourself! :D
Oh, and one last thing. Anyone who may be thinking of enquiring:
NO. I will not knit you one. ;)
hee hee
Miss Michelle ^_^ 

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy heart day!

Don't you just love vintage valentines?

 Well, it's snowing on this lovely St. Valentine's Day...
So, all of our Valentine's Day plans may be canceled.
We were supposed to have a party with the sisters & the kiddos at lunch time.
This evening Aims & I  were going to watch the kiddos so all the parents could go out to eat.
 Looks like we may be snowed in. Again.
Believe it or not I actually love winter.
It's sweater time. Which I love.
But this winter is starting to wear on me.
(Please pardon the lack of makeup in the photo. I always wait to put on makeup 'til I'm done with my outdoor chores {or chorses as W used to say when he was little}, cuz if I put it on before I look like a televangelist when I come back in from the cold!) ;)
Ah well, I've plenty to do at home today, so it's a blessing in a cold, white disguise.
(Finish Aims b-day gift, work on an embroidery order, sew buttons on & press my new fair isle sweater, etc.)
"We love, because He first loved us."
1 John 4:19