Friday, February 06, 2009

Spring Preview! Sweet Tee!

Finish it in a jiffy!
Interweave Knits Spring Preview is up. Yay!
Do you want to hear a behind the scenes story? I had planned to submit a proposal for this sweater when the call for Knits Spring 2009 went out. Things at home and work got busy as they will and I missed the deadline. To my surprise and delight Eunny emailed and asked if I'd like to contribute. Hell yes! Fortunately I had this design in mind. She suggested Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blends, a luxurious yarn I'd been longing to try out, and the color selection! visit Purl Soho and see if you can resist the shimmering presentation, make sure you click on each color, I can get lost here, just watching the colors change. Time passed and no yarn...I didn't want to pester, they are very busy folks there at Interweave....and then I got an email saying garments due next week! Yikes! Speedy exchanges, yarn re-ordered....tick tick tick....yarn is the wrong yarn!....tick tick tick...yarn sent back....tick tick last! Yarn arrives and my husband and I are off to visit a friend on Tybee Island Georgia, right by beautiful Savannah... So there my friends, is where I finally knit this baby! Fortified with beach walks, Shrimp Grits and good company.
At first I was alarmed by the wild variation in the color, called Dove. In the picture it looked to be a uniform pale grey, in real life it ranges from ivory through pale pink to nearly olive. As I worked with it, I grew to like the moire effect the variation lends it, like beautiful Victorian Silk. (see the red-violet hat and ecru ballgown here, but don't miss the pink corset, or the floral dress stamped Biddeford, Maine).

Sweet Tee
by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Finished Size
30¼ (33¾, 37, 40½, 46¼, 48)" bust circumference. Sweater shown measures 30¼", modeled with plenty of negative ease for a close fit.
Yarn Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (70% merino, 30% silk; 150 yd [137 m]/50 g): #3019 dove (MC), 4 (4, 5, 6, 7, 7) skeins; #3014 natural and #3049 henna (pink), 1 skein each. Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.
Needles Body and sleeves—size 7 (4.5 mm): 24" circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). Borders and neckbands—size 5 (3.75 mm): 16" and 24" cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 19 sts and 35 rnds = 4" in St st on larger needle.

PS: Knitting, Saturday February 7th, Noon at my house!


Anonymous said...

Wow...what a pretty top, and you're right, the silk yarn is showcased beautifully...

I'll be there today with chocolate, cherry scones...hope that they go with the's a perfect day to gab and knit!


Miss Frugality said...

Well done for getting it finished against all the odds! It's gorgeous.I really love that detail ,which draws your attention up to the neck.

Gudrun Johnston said...

Thanks for giving us the behind the scene stuff!! It's so super cute and springy....congrats!

kat coyle said...

It's lovely!! it's always fun to read the story behind a design. this one sounds like it was pretty stressful.

Prunila said...

Ohhh! Another of your super cute creations!
Amor a primera vista je, je je... Congrats!!!
umm the model she is very strange with her arms (second picture) right?
And ... How we can wait one month now to get the magazine??? I always prefer the mag than this jpegs previews!

Eliza said...

Thanks for the story behind the masterpiece! I love it! And the yarn is beautiful too!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I love it! It is sooo cute!, for some reason I was imagining something totally different.

Thanks for hosting again today and what a great crowd huh?

Off for a walk with my doggie.. need to burn off some of your awesome bread ;)


magnusmog said...

You are the cleverest thing!

Gina said...

So pretty and delightful! Congratulations!

Cristina said...

It is a sweetie! I'm going to resist the link to the color palette for about two seconds...buhbye!

mel said...

It's lovely, "Sweet Tee" is the perfect name - I love those flowers!

3goodrats said...

I love this - it's my favorite design in this issue!

Poethead said...

Very nice! I can't wait to get my copy.

Connie said...

I love behind the scenes stories. Thanks for this one. The tee turned out lovely. You're such a master with colorwork design; and design in general of course! :)