Monday, September 26, 2011

Celebrating Color

I'm sneaking in 2 last-minute submissions to Celebrate Color.
allspunup sweater
Pattern: Hawkmoth Pullover, Knitscene Fall 2011
Yarn: Allspunup BFL/Silk handspun singles
Size: 31.5
Needles: #4 Knitpicks Harmony circs
Started: August 27, Finished: September 24
allspunup sweater
I had less than 800 yards of handspun, so I shortened the body by half an inch and made short sleeves. I also lowered the neck a little to be more flattering on my frame. this sweater is a lot warmer than you'd think it would be. i had it on for the photos in 70 degree weather and it was uncomfortably hot. fall weather is supposed to be right around the corner so i'm looking forward to being able to wear it. it's been quite a long time since i finished an adult-sized sweater and it's always fun to work with my own handspun, so i declare this one a success. in case anyone is interested in how i counteracted stockinette curl, i steam-blocked it into submission.
allspunup sweater
I've slowly been working on a long-term embroidery project. i want to combine pieced blocks with embroidery for a quilt. the end result will be a pretty quilt for our guest room, though as of now we don't actually have a bed in the spare room due to sparseness of guests. i bought several mandala patterns from the floss box after seeing Jacey's lovely block. I used the floss colors that i got from Wild Olive's blog prize and added a few more colors. i traced the design with the transfer pen that she sent but i still have a lot to learn. i tried to remove the pen marks with a washcloth but it left blue splotches everywhere so i had to run water over the piece to remove them. so my embroidery is pretty wrinkly and a bit askew. next time i'll just wait until the piece is completely finished to deal with removing the marks.
Embroidery Quilt Block 2
This was my first block. i used a free pattern from polka and bloom. i loved making this one as well. these patterns are certainly more involved than other ones i've tried before so they take me a long time for me to finish. i'm not in a hurry though and i've enjoyed working through them. i never thought i'd like embroidery but i find it a relaxing change of pace.
Feeling Stitchy June Stitchalong
Celebrate Color

14 comments:

  1. Oooh, pretty sweater! I love your color scheme for it.

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  2. Sara! Wow. That sweater is beautiful. It fits you so well, and I just love the colors (and the fact that it's handspun? Well, yeah even better!). Your embroidery is awesome, too! I just love the Mandala collection they came up with. I haven't done any embroidery lately, but you're making me want to start again!

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  3. Wonderful! I am impressed with your work, everything is absolutely wonderful!

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  4. Rachel at Stitched in Color Ha9/26/2011 01:40:00 PM

    Amazing!  I mean, BOTH.  Your handspun is lovely and the short sleeves look great.  That embroidery - wow!  Great, great job.

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  5. excellent work sara!  your sweater is beautiful.  great embroidery also, very pretty!

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  6. Beautiful sweater and beautiful embroidery! Those designs really look impressive!

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  7. Your pullover is stunning! I love that you knit it with handspun yarn. Lovely embroidery too.

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  8. Beautiful sweater! And you finished it so quickly!

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  9. I love that sweater!  The colors are amazing and it looks great on you!

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  10. You are so talented!  Your embroidery is sure to make an eye-catching quilt and your sweater is beautiful.  The colors are perfect for fall!

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  11. I love and really want that sweater, its gorgeous! This embroidery is stunning, you must have some serious patience!

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  12. Absolutely adore your embroidery!

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  13. Samantha Hayes9/27/2011 03:25:00 PM

    Ooh, your sweater is amazing!!  The edging is perfect, I can't believe you got it to lie so flat!  Love the embroidery too, especially the colors of that mandala, so pretty!

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