Saturday, March 8, 2014

"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~ Mary Kurtz

Well, I would say that the only things "Florida-like" about this post are the colors!  I recently finished my second Top Down Icelandic Sweater, like the one that I did before Christmas.  Craftsy, the site of the on-line class that I followed to complete them both, had a huge sale before Christmas of the Lopi wool suggested by the pattern (please see the previous post for pattern and materials information). I decided to go with the colors that the class sample was done in.  There are probably a couple hundred in the same color combination floating around out there - but I suspect that I won't bump into anyone!





This time around - it was much easier (and faster) to follow the yoke pattern.  This is not just because I had already done it once, but because the colors were so distinctive. My first one, done in three shades of gray, was much tougher.  The shades were so subtle that I sometimes didn't know which yarn I was using.  This time I also added the yoke's motif to the cuffs and the bottom edge of the sweater.  This in itself wasn't a problem, but I admit that the cuffs were "fiddly" - best way to describe them!

You will see that I once again opted for toggles rather than buttons - I really like the look.  I also chose a playful ribbon for the underside lining - I think that it's a lot of fun!

Speaking of fun - please check out the article and photos below. It also comes with an audio component. Fiddly doesn't even begin to describe how I would feel about such small and delicate knit-work - but I am seriously impressed!

Photo: Mia Partlow/WFIU
Photo: Mia Partlow/WFIU

Seventy Stitches To The Inch: Althea Crome’s Tiny Knits

11 comments:

  1. I just started knitting lessons on Monday. :-) After learning how to cast on, I'm in utter awe of what you accomplished knitters can make. :-) Your sweater is stunningly beautiful and I really like the special details you included, especially that snazzy ribbon. :-)

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    1. Thank you Krista! I think that you will find knitting to ultimately be a relaxing and enjoyable pursuit. Nothing fancy necessary - only if you want!

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  2. Just gorgeous Tracey! Pictures are beautiful and your description is "right on". Great job! On to the next project, right???

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    1. Thanks Mary! You girls were pretty much the first ones to see it! There is always a "next" project, isn't there!

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  3. It's spectacular, and you couldn't have found a more perfect ribbon! I hope the fit makes you happy. Thanks for finding a way to share it with us when you're so far away.

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    1. Thanks Super T.! High praise indeed, being the super knitter that you are!

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  4. Fab quote! Your Icelandic sweater is beautiful and the colors marvelous. You picked a stunning ribbon for the inside and I love your modification of adding borders to the bottom.

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    1. Thank you Linda! Coming from a true knitter, I am honored!

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  5. Tracy, this is utterly fantastic! Really great work!

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  6. Your sweater is just stunning, really!!! xox Clarice

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