Tuesday, January 28, 2014

knit knit


It took roughly a month, precisely 4weeks, for me to knit this raglan sweater. You might say it isn't that bad for a piece of hand-knitted sweater with one's spare time... but I was so tired of it in the end, as it didn't seem to me that this warm sweater would be in time for this winter. Sewing is fast. Much faster than knitting, to me. I always lose my presence of mind when knitting, because I never remember that it needs a fair amount of time to fulfill a good knitting project!! I like knitting, but I don't like me knitting.

Having annoyingly shouted that, I calmly declare here that this tunic-length sweater is all finished at last and in time for this winter. In Japan, days are getting longer day by day, we feel the daylight is changing and already suggesting the next season, and I know blooming season is only a mountain away, though, I'll probably have several days that suit this sweater. I sincerely hope so.
Please have a look at my project page for this sweater for more info, if you are one of the Ravelers.

Anyway.


I chose my old hand-knitted skirt for the new sweater in today's photographs. Although the skirt is shockingly five years old and looks a bit worn now, it is still in my favor because of all those funny fringes. I'm not frequently asked if I have made my outfit by anyone but you (I don't start conversations with no-sew-people saying "I made this" either, because I'm pretty embarrassed to say "Hello, by the way, I made this! And this, this, this and this!!" (pretty everything for them)), but people have asked if I made this skirt quite frequently. People always notice those strange fringes and wonder why I have them in my hem. I love/choose/make clothes that are subtly funny, but this skirt failed to be subtle, I guess. I love this sweater too, because it has a funny neckline with abnormally long ribbing reaching almost to the wearer's armpits. I insist that no one (but you) notice it does and hey, it is subtle.


Knitting is done.
I'm starting some muslins for a new skirt. My friend Carolyn visited Japan on holiday and she kindly brought a beautiful cotton fabric for me all the way from Australia. I want to make a lovely skirt out of it, right. now. So impatiently.

What are you working on now? Have a lovely day, my sewing friends!!

Talk to you soon!
Love,
yoshimi


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Raglan Sweater
pattern: Raglan Sweater from Jo Sharp Digital Download Patterns
4ply cashmere yarn, lavender(light purple)
some written also in my ravelry project page

Knitted skirt
from my old project
also can be seen in
my ravelry project page for this skirt
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18 comments:

  1. Amazing sweater and such a gorgeous colour!

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  2. Stunning sweater!! Only a month to make it as well! Wow.

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  3. WOW! Your sweater is just stunning Yoshimi, and looks lovely with the knitted skirt too. I remember when you first posted that skirt and have wondered about it a few times so it is good to see it on you again. 4 weeks is amazing to have finished such a substantial project using 4ply yarn. Bravo!

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  4. Wow, only a month to knit this pretty sweater? I wish I could knit that fast, I've been knitting the same sweater for months.

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  5. oh that color on you, i'm wondering if that's your perfect shade. stunning!!

    and i like the skirt. :)

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  6. What a beautiful sweater, and a wonderful testimony not only to your skill but also your patience. And I just saw your mom's sashiko, it's truly amazing work. The apple doesn't fall from the tree, does it?

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  7. What a gorgeous outfit. The sweater is so pretty and cosy looking and the little fringes on the skirt peeking out underneath are lovely.

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  8. what a beautiful sweater, so pretty. love the color.

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  9. so very pretty! I seldom every finish a long knitting project; I lose interest. I'm trying to improve, however, and finish some that are now languishing.

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  10. Great sweater. The color is perfect. I love sweaters but want to wear them before I'm eligible for Social Security. It's why I machine knit!

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  11. I really like your new sweater. It is simple in styling but looks lovely and cheerful and warm.

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  12. I LOVE this sweater. Such a great style and looks warm and cozy!

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  13. Lovely sweater, fits like a dream. Wish my weather was cool enough for sweaters like this. I clicked on the Jo Sharp link and sigh ... the modelled sweater is so ill fitting, I wouldn't have been attracted to it at all.
    And I love the ruffles on your skirt.

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  14. It's lovely, Yoshimi - so soft and warm looking, and a beautiful colour for you!

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  15. Yoshimi, that looks so perfect and professional that I cannot believe it is handknit. It looks great on you!

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  16. Oh, wow! I wish I could make something so pretty! I just finished my first knitting jumper and it looks eons away from this! :D
    And I love, LOVE that skirt. Pretty!
    Forgot to say, that colour is perfect!

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  17. Only one month? that is fantastic! The color is just beautiful :) It looks so good with the skirt... m.

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  18. Wow! The sweater is beautiful! I've been sticking to sock knitting over sweaters because it's so much more tedious than sewing. Plus I live in LA and don't need many sweaters. Congrats on a gorgeous knit!

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