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Monday, July 02, 2007

Coming up for air

I've been completely swamped the last two weeks, buried under a mountain of yarn and a fast approaching (and then receding) deadline. I think I finally managed to send in something I'm happy with and that I hope they will be happy with. It's the most difficult project I've done and I was second guessing my choices the entire way. I think I've knit 3 sweaters worth just for this one project!

Inspired by Kate Gilbert's another look at her winged top from the summer's Interweave, I thought I would post a picture of me wearing Auburn Mist (from the summer Knitter's) and compare it to the Knitter's model wearing it:



See how short the sweater is on the model? The sleeves come down to the tops of my hands, but they reach only her upper wrists. Originally, this was supposed to be a moderately shaped, tunic-y sweater, but it ended up being a lot more sleek than I intended - which is okay, but not what I was thinking when I first sketched this out. The yarn is Trendsetter SuperKid Seta, a twin of one of my faves (Kidsilk Haze), but it's not a yarn that I would choose to make a fitted garment out of. I'm in the process of making this for myself out of Kidsilk Haze in the ice cream shade, but I had to put it aside a couple of months ago. The last time I worked on it was in April, on a car trip from Ithaca to NJ:

It's good car and TV knitting - most of it is in stockinette and the lace, once you get to it, is very easy to memorize. And Kidsilk Haze is always yummy to work with.

Anyway, my petite stature (which sounds better than just saying I'm short) makes it really difficult to design sometimes. I always have to keep in mind that my arms and torso are a little shorter than an average woman. I should just get a dress form, shouldn't I?

10 Comments:

Anonymous Zarah said...

Or a tape measure....
=)

5:24 AM  
Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

I've also been thinking about getting a dress form ...I think it would be very useful. I'm pretty average in size so I do mostly use myself as a dummy!
It is interesting to see how a design turns out in relation to your original sketch/idea for it...sometimes better and sometimes doesn't meet your expectations! I know what you mean about second guessing yourself too (part of why it's frustrating to not be able to share with others and get feed back on what is working or not)I'm finishing up something I've been working on and I must have re-done the sleeve edgings at least 3 or 4 times....think I've cracked it now!
Nice to see your design on you...I love that colour!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Yes, though you could make one out of duct tape. Though, a dress form may not really help with sleeve length. Trust me on this one. :)

11:07 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

You should've struck a pose in your cute sweater!
Did I mention how much I LOVE your super secret deadline sweater?! Ooh, I can't wait til it comes out...

12:30 PM  
Blogger Iris G said...

The length of the sweater does look different on you and the model, yet both effects are just lovely. What I really love is your WIP--such a delicious shade! I can see how ethereal it'll be ;-).

5:16 PM  
Blogger Sandra May Be Knitting A Ranch House said...

i love the sweater! it looks fantastic on you. i prefer the tunic-y feel myself but both looks definitely work. :)

and happy 4th to you, too. it's the same over where i live now, too. we have the 3rd of july fireworks. can't shell out the big bucks for the 4th. which is fine anyway. i go into the city to see the macy's fireworks anyways. . .

9:38 AM  
Blogger knitaly said...

Ciao Connie, mi fa molto piacere il tuo apprezzamewnto per il mio semplicissimo modello! Ammiro molto quello che fai tu, bravissima!
il tuo italiano non รจ niente male :)

Hello Connie, I'm very pleased with your appreciation of my very simple pattern! I admire your work so much,you are great!
your italian is pretty good :)

12:01 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

Haha, I'm beginning to love pictures of the designer vs the model in a given sweater. There are a few in that Tracey Ullman book that I find pretty interesting. I have one of my boyfriend wearing the sweater I made for Son of SnB, and he's dwarfed by it!

10:13 AM  
Blogger EDNA HART said...

I have a dress form and it is very helpful, but the no arms is a problem so fitting the garment on a live model is important as well. Try the duck tape dress form first. i love the color you chose and the fit is great...good work.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Helen said...

You mean your sleeves will fit me like a normal person? woo hoo.
Let's hear it for the petite knitters!
I too have been pondering dress forms. Perhaps we should place a bulk order for the knit-bloggers... and have a big ol' meet up somewhere in the middle so we can all gather our forms and knit and meet etc.
(Great to see the sweater on a real person's body too!)

4:35 AM  

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