Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bendigo, Here I Come

1 more sleep & tomorrow afternoon, I will be in Melbourne with 6 other ladies from my knitting group. I hope I can get to sleep tonight.

As it will be colder in Melbourne & Bendigo, I decided to knit a jumper & this pattern has been on my list for a long time & now I have a reason to knit it. Plus I also have the yarn in my stash which will be great for this jumper. My only problem was that I have only 10 days to my departure. Well, I just have to give it a try & hope I will finish it in time.

I did it in 8 days ! Here's my Blue Owls ......

..... I am so please with it. I was afraid that it will not fit as the yarn is only 10 ply & my gauge was way off the recommended gauge. I had to re-work all the numbers & measurements too & only use the pattern as a guide. I was also worried about the shaping on the back as this is the 1st time I have done such a shaping. I usually shape my garments on the sides. But again, it worked & it looks great .....

...... and makes me look more shapely.

I use Cascade Heather which I bought at a sale a couple of years ago. I just wanted to try the yarn but have not use it as it was too thick for Perth's weather. It's the perfect yarn for this jumper & it's my favorite color.

I love the owls on the yokes & I use beads for the eyes. The beads are knitted in as I go, so I don't have to sew them in later. I have 25 owls across the yokes .....


Then I decided that I need mittens to keep my fingers warm, so I made these ....


It's a great easy pattern & so quick (as I don't have much time left) - don't need any increases for the thumb, just knit a tube with a hole for the thumb. I love the diagonal rib pattern as it produces a lovely textured look .....

I think I am all ready for Melbourne & Bendigo !


8 comments:

2paw said...

Your Owl jumper is beautiful and you look very shapely. What a gorgeous colour and you are very clever to knit the beads for eyes in as you went!!

Rose Red said...

You definitely need the woolies for Bendi! Have a great time, I wish I could be there to meet you!

knitabulous said...

I hope to meet you in Bendigo Ann!

Sue said...

Your owl sweater looks beautiful on you Ann. It will be perfect for Bendigo too as it will probably be freezing. You knitted it up so quickly too. I was hoping to go but sadly Paul has the car for work so I will just have to read everyone's wonderful accounts. Dont forget your camera!

Bogie said...

It's a gorgeous sweater! Congratulations on such a flattering garment and for finishing it in record time. Have a great time.

Sasha said...

Speedy needles, Ann! Lovely jumper and I love the bright blue colour. And those mitts are elegant and look tasty warm :) Have a wonderful time in VIctoria!

Roseann said...

What a gorgeous sweater!!! You are so clever to rework all the numbers, that can be a bit of a tightrope walk for me. Your mitts are cute, too. You are all set for your holiday, I hope you have a wonderful time.

Rachel said...

Owls!! This knit has been on my long 'to knit' list for quite awhile as well! Yours is gorgeous and it seems your recalculations were spot on as the fit looks perfect!

And your gloves are great...off to take a closer look at that pattern!