Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I'm back! With Owls!

I can't even remember when I've last posted a knitting update, but I have high hopes that I'm back now. I have another couple of busy weeks until the Easter break, but even so I'm a bit more in control of the workload so hopefully it won't get the better of me again the same way that it did these past few weeks. 

So things are looking up - I'm utterly exhausted, and also in the midst of one of those persistent won't-go-away types of cold (I'm pretty sure the exhaustion and the cold are linked...), but I have room again to occasionally, in the evening, think of things that are not work! 

Surprisingly, even to me, I still have quite a few things to show. You see, I've been doing quite a bit of work-related film and television viewing in the evening, and while that isn't compatible with constructing and writing blog posts, and while I've had very little time to model and photograph knitwear during the day when the light is better for taking pictures, this kind of activity is quite compatible with a bit of not-too-complicated knitting.

This means that I have a few FOs and WIPs to talk about. I've not photographed all of them yet, so I'll drag this out and post it a bit at a time.

Anyway, without further ado, I present...


Showing off the shaping at the back:

Front and shaping at the side:

And another shot of the back section...

And the front again... (no idea what I'm doing with my left hand on this picture...)

Photographs courtesy of boy #1, also known to longtime blog-followers as The Bean. 
He's not really The Bean anymore these days - he's rather outgrown that and doesn't much look like a bean anymore. ;)

He's turning into quite a good little photographer and when I asked him to take a few quick pictures of me wearing Owls before school he happily agreed, even though he predicably didn't bother with socks or shoes before following me outside and got freezing feet as a result of it!   

Afterwards, before heading off to work myself, I took a couple more shots of the owls in the mirror:

I am so happy with the way this jumper has turned out. I don't think I'll even bother with the buttons for the eyes of the owls, though if I change my mind I might add them at a later date. For now I'm calling it finished and I'm so so thrilled with it.

Despite my concerns about the thickness (or thinness) of the yarn I like the density and definition of the knitted fabric and the way the structure of the owl pattern looks, and it fits so well - comfortable but snug around the waist and the arms, but not too tight either. Unlike others I've not even had a problem with the shaping at the small of the back. It doesn't bulge but fits snugly, and I love the way the shaping adds interest to the back section.

The only quibble I have is that it's a teeny tiny bit tight under the arms. It doesn't show, but it pinches a bit, and if I were to knit it again I'd probably add a few stitches there to loosen it up a bit. 

That said, I've already worn this to work twice now and I love the way it looks with a skirt - casual, but dressed up enough for work, what more can you ask? 

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  1. It looks wonderful, a real delight.

  2. The shaping is very clever; and the yarn looks soft :)

  3. Its lovely! Gorgeous colour and looks fabulous on. :-)

  4. Perfect, love everything about it and the bean takes great pictures!!

  5. This is a lovely finish. I like that last body shot where we see a flash of your cute Bob.

  6. Great finish on Owls. The shaping is wonderful too and looks great with the skirt.

  7. Lovely owls, I really want to make this for myself!

  8. that is one perfect (PERFECT!) sweater!!! Love it with the skirt, too. :)

  9. Beautiful work. Great fit...and it does look fantastic with your skirt.

  10. Lovely sweater and lucky you, having your own photographer!

  11. Great looking jumper and I love that skirt! Ugh I've heard all about that nasty cough cough cough lingering on the Isles...yuck! Hope you are better soon.

  12. It came out gorgeous...I'm thinking of making the cardigan for Rhinebeck this the yarn you used...

  13. Anonymous7:57 pm

    I love owls and the photo's are just splendid...very well done x

  14. It's a brillianit sweater, isn't it?! I've been wearing mine a huge amount, I think it's definitely my favourite. It's the first thing I've knitted where I've been totally happy with the shaping in it.