Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sexxxy Librarian...

... we don't say dis (Sorry, it's compulsive.)   This is my second knit for the Holla Knits KAL and it was really a change for me.  It's fitted, cowl-necked, and sleeveless.  I love it!



And how on Earth can this be Lilith Ubbelohde's second design.  Have you seen her first?  A romper and then this sweater!?!  I don't get it.  My first, and only, design is a Madewell rip-off cowl I worked up to use extra yarn.  It was like doodling while you're on the phone, so I'm blown away by Lilith's style.



I used City Tweed dk and size 0 needles.  Yes, 0, but I'm bored with talking about my gauge because of all the knitter-speak in the world to talk about gauge is the most boring.  I did find that I really loosen up tension when I do seed stitch, so I had to re-start and even reduced the cast on stitches by 4.


It does fit well.  I kind of wish I'd knit it a hair longer, but I'm not sure, yet.  It depends on what I'm wearing it with.  If super high waisted pants do work their way back in my wardrobe, even after I pledged never to do that for fear of mom jeans syndrome, I know I wouldn't want it longer.   Otherwise, this could be longer on my torso, but I don't want to mess with it and it's working fine.


I could've blocked it out more aggressively, but I loved the fit around the arms and didn't want to mess that up.  I didn't even have to work the optional crochet chain around them to finish them and pull them in.  It has a raw, rolled look that I love.



So, the cable was fun to work, yet easy enough to memorize.  I like that it runs all the way up the side and onto the cowl neck.  The cowl is folded over, so it's soft and squishy, especially in the City Tweed.


I don't know what else to say about it.  The pattern was easy to follow and it came out exactly as I hoped.  Now, I have to try that romper this summer.  I may as well break out of the "wife beater/jogging shorts rut" while I'm breaking out of the "knitting only with wool in Texas rut."  So many changes...

(more on ravelry, kollabora, flickr)

More on making this: planning,  beginning, and the cowl neck.

12 comments:

  1. LOVE this! it looks SO good on you!

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  2. Excellent! That cable is so fun looking. The fact that you love Lilith's romper sort of cements for me the fact that you and I are style-sisters. I LOVE her romper! And I know you'd have a fantastic FO from it. Rompers ftw!

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  3. So cute and springy! The cables are fabulous!

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  4. Awwwww. I'm so glad you like it so much! And who know's how these things happen. I never would have designed that romper if Allyson hadn't encouraged me. :)

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  5. Thanks, Jennifer! I love how it turned out, too.

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  6. I think the romper is what made me interested in checking out Holla Knits in the first place. It was so unique. Well I gotta try it. I'm really, really going to try to knit more summery things out of practicality. I already have yarn for Ontario Skies and plan to do the Fire Opal tee KAL.

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  7. Thank you, Dayana and yes, it was that warm. I was rushing to take the pics because I was starting to sweat like a pig. I'm afraid I'll have to wait til we go camping to wear this. Maybe on my anniversary, for a meal out.

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  8. Thank you, Vanessa! Now if only spring didn't really mean summer in Texas :/

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  9. Oh yes, that is a date night knit top, if I'VE ever seen one!

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  10. It is an awesome design. It was interesting enough for seasoned knitters, but very doable for a newbie. I don't have anything like this in my wardrobe. I'm definitely wearing it on my anniversary trip.

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  11. Ha! Thanks, Katie. The funny thing is, he outgrew that but I just keep saying it. Everyone expects it now. If we're watching tv or out and hear "something," they get a little smile on their face and know what I'm going to say.

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  12. Thank you, May!! I don't love being in the photos, but I do love the knits and taking the photos. So, I'm always thankful for forgiving light and a good hair day :)

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