Sunday, October 08, 2006


Hey! *giggling* hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee *giggling*!

Guess what this is!??

Ophelia is DONE!!!!

Here are the details: "Ophelia", by Lorraine Condotta (hi!) - kit purchased from She Ewe Knits. Knit on 3.25mm using Jamieson's 2-ply Shetland Spindrift 2-ply wool.

And Ewenice shows you the lovely neckline, and a detail of the motifs and perees.

OK. So, I'll be honest. I really, really don't have much to complain about with this FO. Sure, Lorraine is my friend - but if I did have something that irked me about the pattern, I would definitely write about it. But, I really don't. I was peeved about running out of Mulberry, but was lucky that Lorraine had some leftover to help me out. I think a certain black kitten had something to do with that... Fair Isle is always a joy to knit, as long as you know what you're getting yourself into. Lorraine once told me that a Fair Isle knitter really only needs the dimensions, colour key and chart, and the rest will come together on it's own. So very true. I really only followed the chart, and was able to let it all flow into the lovely piece you see above. Such is the beauty of Fair Isle. I am immensely proud of her.

Thanks Lorraine for such a beautiful design that I am so proud to have knit! And hey, go check out Lorraine's other designs at She Ewe Knits! Anne will take very good care of you.

OK. I'm getting schmarmy.

So what's next? Well, Arangenser is getting alot of attention, and duh, of course I'm starting something new even though Elizabeth I, Amphora and Western Seas still occupy a spot on my rocking chair.

But - Sillyewe said it best: you can justify it if it's a different technique. Aha! Of course. That makes perfect sense to me! And Carrie, not one to mince words, said to just go for it.

Meet "Red and White Sweater on page 164 with No-Name" from the incredible Poetry in Stitches. I don't have a picture to post of her yet, I've only done about 5 rounds.

Phew - this one should be interesting! Norwegian steeks! And I don't have a sewing machine! Wheeeeee! But I do have Anna Zilborg's book "Knitting for Anarchists", which gives information on how to crochet/hand sew the steek edges before cutting. It should be fun - just two colours.

So, that's it. Let me know what you think!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Marina said...

Yay for you! And a happy dance thrown in. Looks fabulous. Isn't that Lorraine a genius? Congrats, you did great!

How come nobody told me that rule? Gotta see if any of the FIs I have stashed is a bit different from the others. Then maybe I can start a fourth ;-)

Anonymous said...

Oh boy!! Ophelia is gorgeous! And done and wow! Nice!! And that Poetry in Stitches sweater looks pretty good too.

I really like that 'different technique' excuse. Reason. Explanation.

Chris said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you!! And Ophelia is lovely! Congrats. :)

So what do you think Gandalf did to the Mulberry??

Cynthia said...

Congratulations on Ophelia! She's beautiful. Lorraine's designs are really neat.

The red sweater is impressive; we'll all be waiting for progress photos.

Anonymous said...

Bridge- Can we do the happy dance? And as the self-proclaimed Good Karma Knitting Goddess- ya right!- I give everyone permission to start as many projects as they want.

Even Marina.

Marji said...

Ophelia is gorgeous. (I know Carrie said it, and Chris said it, I'm just late to the party).
I love the Red and White. I'm so distressed too, my copy of Poetry in Stitches has been missing a long time and I can't find it. ;(

Anonymous said...

Well, what can I say: Ophelia is a beauty! I can't believe how awesome it looks, you did such an amazing job knitting it up! Congrats - you're a true artist!

Nicole said...

She's lovely! Great job, and it makes me want to try Fair Isle even more!

Anonymous said...

Ophelia is beautiful.

Cynthia said...

I was so busy admiring your beautiful Ophelia the other day that I neglected to notice the beautiful quilt she was reclining on...

So tell me, do you quilt also? Or perhaps someone in your family? I used to do a lot of quilting and admire the work that goes into getting all those pointy bits to line up.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing like finishing a major project -- great job Brigitte!