Sunday, July 29, 2007

Where Blue meets Gray

We've finally got some FO shots for Claude and the Ribbed Tank Top... I know the shots could have been better but since I'm heading out to Beijing today.... I'd better post first before I'm gone again.

First up, here's my Ribbed Tank Top. I was totally inspired after seeing Krista's Fitted Tank here and went digging into my stash for the 400 yards of worsted cotton/silks...


Yarn: Classic Elite Attitude 4 hanks (404 yards total, with less than 2 yards left)

Needles: 4.0mm and 5.0mm

Pattern and notes: Ordering and then wait a week for the Blue Sky pattern to arrive from the US didn't make much sense... furthermore, I'm using a different yarn and working on a lesser yardage... So again, I wing it with my own pattern and am quite pleased with the results. Negative ease is the real key here. I did so in fear of running short of yarn and ended up with a pretty nice fit.
I really love this top, it goes so well with just about anything... it's as perfect under my usually black business suit as it it over a pair of jeans... it's slightly thick for the summer months but perfect to wear in aircon places... The color also turned out surprisely flattering and I have received a few compliments already ;o)

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And then we have my Claude, this is probably the first time I'm using the exact yarn and the exact color called for in a pattern. I have wanted to make this long ago and this is my third FO for Project Spectrum 2.0.




Pattern: Claude by Anna Bell at My Fashionable Life

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora SH 09, 9 balls x 98 yards

Needles: 5mm for the body and 4.5mm for the button/collar bands

Notes: Instead of knitting the button bands separately and seaming them up later, I did the them with my shorty dpns in a smaller size. They turned out fine but juggling with all those needles isn't much fun either.

Edited to add: I made the 34" size and lengthen the body by casting on an extra 2sts for the back and 1sts for each of the fronts, and make 1 extra decreases until I get the same number of sts as when the shaping should end in the pattern. That adds about 2" to the length, and I'm so glad it did.

By the way, this lot of DB Cotton Angoras are significantly different from the lot I used for the EZ baby sweater. Despite the same fiber content, the yarn are spun in Italy and Peru, and yardage is 98 yards/50g and 86 yards/50g respectively. The Italian lot is more muted and you can certainly see and feel more angora here, whereas the Peruvian one has more sheen to it but more splity, and it's mostly cottony.


12 comments:

soknitpicky said...

great FO's, esp that fitted tank. Congrats!

Krista said...

I love both those knits! The fitted tank looks great on you.

jenna said...

Wow. Claude is absolutely beautiful!! I wasn't interested in this pattern until I saw yours. Gorgeous color, too.

opportunityknits said...

I forgot to mention how chic your ribbed tank top looked when we met. The scarflet adds to that chic. :)
Wow, Claude is perfect! It looks so soft too.

Siow Chin said...

Beautiful FOs! And the photos are very nice too!

goosefairy said...

Wow. I LOVE that cardi. I'm not really big on cardigans but Claude has changed my mind. Guess I need to get the pattern now :)

Peggy said...

Wow, the top really does look very similar to mine, hee hee. I like the color of yours!
And ooooh... the Debbie Bliss cotton angora. I'm sure it was a pleasure to knit with!

Ava said...

Love them both, but especially the ribbed tank top. It fits you perfectly. Now I need something blue...

ann said...

They're both beautiful, and I really love your Claude! It's languishing at the bottom of my queue but seeing yours has inspired me to re-prioritise it...

mindy said...

Wow, great job. It looks so nice on you.

JL said...

I love Claude, bet must be very comfortable to wear in a cooler weather.

Ribbed Tank top is gorgeous too. i can imagine it with pant suit - powerful dressing.

anna said...

Your Claude is beautiful!