Wednesday, October 17, 2007

FO: Breton Girl

I am trying to keep my promise and blog more often. Seriously, I am! All of Secret Charlie Projects are completed, and am very excited to share them with you. However, you will all have to wait until after the baby shower. Charlie's mom has tried to find out what they are, but I am not giving in. (pssst... if you are not Charlie's mom, and you are on ravelry, you can check them out here).

So, to appease the masses, here is a never before posted FO: Breton Girl!

Project name: Breton Girl by Kat Coyle from Knit Scene, Fall 2007.
Yarn: 6 skeins Elann Esprit (solid) in 8972 Charcoal, and 4 skeins Elann Esprit (solid) in 6399 Lilac. (I actually had a little bit left from each skein, but I like to
round up).
Needles: Addi Turbo's US 6.

More details on my Breton Girl project page in ravelry.

So, what do you guys think? Overall, I like it. Elann Esprit is wonderful to work with. The stretchiness, the feel of it, I really liked how it knit up. I love the shape of the garment, it is very flattering, although it does lift up on the sides if you do not block it. (mee?? not block? nevaahhh!) Can you see that I did not block it? *blush*. I have thought of seaming the sides together all the way down, but I don't know... ideas ladies?

Also, if you do decide to make this one, make sure that you choose your bra correctly. Trust me, some bras combined with the horizontal stripes make a girl look bustier than she wants. Although husbands/boyfriends may not mind, you may end up looking like Ana Nicole Smith. (there is photographic proof of this, and NO, I will not be sharing).

I also finished my Free People inspired sweater, which I will be showing you guys soon. Here is a teaser shot before I finished the arms, and added the buttons, and seamed it all together, and blocked it (yes, this one I blocked). It turned out pretty good, considering it is my first time designing something for myself.

Currently I am working on my Kusha Kusha Shawl, and sorry to tell you I have no pictures of that one. So far it has been a very irritating experience. I had to cast on for it about 4 times, I had to switch needles three times (yuckie Addi Naturas and their wonky joins!) and am considering changing them again. However, I am charting along, and want to get it finished before my upcoming trip to spain. (Isel, the bet is on!)

I also went to the Stitches East show this past week, and had a blast with my two knitting buddies (aka enablers). I do not know what I would have done without them there. Poor girls had to hear me say "which one do I want?" "Do I need this?" and "My poor credit card is bloated already!". I actually did not do so bad, and am kicking myself for not buying this green malabrigo lace that I saw there. I bought the grey, but I should have bought the green too. Especially after seeing what ms. Twisted Knitter is doing with it... * sigh*

Anyhooooo... That is all from me for now!

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Blogger maitai said...

i really like breton girl! i have no patience for stripes though, i fear. lots of ends to weave in unless you knit it in the round and carry the yarn up the side, right? weaving in ends is my mortal enemy!

and i have never had any problems with looking like anna nicole smith, haha :). i definitely wasn't blessed in that area!

and to charlie's mom, the secret charlie projects are cute!! lucky you!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Love, love, love your Breton Girl! The color combo is really fabulous and looks great on you. Can't wait to see more of your FOs!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Leigh said...

oh, how you tease!

lovin' the breton girl--color combo and fit are perfect...tres fabuleux!

must check out baby goods, my friend is fixing to pop one out next month and i so far i got nothin.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Love the sweater and all of the Charlie presents, especially number 4.

4:43 PM  
Blogger alejandra said...

Paloma, te quedó genial, se ve que la textura del hilado es muy suave. Qué tentación con todos estos hilados de calidad!!! Acá no salimos de lo mismo, innovan con las fantasías, pero en general son muy gruesas para mi gusto.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Girl Kae said...

I adore your Breton Girl sweater :) I had thought of knitting it, then backed out, and now I want to knit it again. Well done - it's gorgeous

12:40 AM  
Blogger Girl Kae said...

Hi again Paloma! Hope you don't mind, but I tagged you. Play along if you like. Details on my blog.

1:59 AM  
Blogger Reckless Glue said...

I loooove both of these!

5:28 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

I Like the Breton Girl, it looks nice. I think you should block it and see if it still curls up. If it does maybe seam it all the way down as long as it still would fit comfortably over your hips. Otherwise maybe do a grosgrain lining on the inner side of the bottom hem to give it a little added weight to help keep it down.

5:59 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

Oooh, I love your Breton Girl! The fit is perfect, and I really like your color choices. I may have to add this one to my queue! :D

6:36 AM  
Blogger Floderten said...

Oh the Charlie projects are so cute!! Lucky baby.. I especially like #4. ;)

The Breton Girl is very flattering on you. :) I've never worked with Elann Esprit, but I've been wanting to pick up some for Mon Petit Chou..

And I'm envious of your yarn purchases! I have a severe case of the yarn jealousy right now - I can't buy more yarn until November, and even then I can only buy a limited amount (and not everything I want, either :(). So I drink up everyone else's purchases, wishing it was my own. :P
What're you going to use the Cashcotton for??

9:01 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

Wow, love the FOs! I must have missed you at Stitches...I was there on Saturday. Looks like you did well!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Your Brenton girl looks awesome!! I have such a crush on that pattern!!

Mmmmmalabrigo. Just seeing it on a blog post makes me happy! :)

7:59 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

what a cute sweater and great FO shots!

7:39 AM  
Blogger fluffbuff said...

Breton girl looks good and I like your color combination better than the one featured on Knitscene.

I know what you mean about choosing the right bra size. I just got a bunch of t-shirts from Old Navy in solid colors and stripes, and the striped ones… oh my!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous michele said...

the breton girl looks great on you! so nice to see modeled shots. as for the side i say if you prefer not to block live with them like they are. they may calm down with wearing.

laughed at your ann nicole shots. i have a few of those too. gaaahhh.

can't wait to see your free people sweater.

darn i want malabrigo lace weight. and don't you you hate it when you come home and wish you'd bought more.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Ava said...

Love the Breton Girl! But I hate knitting with stretchy yarn. What kind of needles did you use?

I'm using Addi lace turbos for my Kusha wrap. the sharp points make it go really fast.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super cute sweater. Again you're stuff is always super cute. Keep up the good work.


7:31 AM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

It really is flattering. I love the simple fitted shaping of it.
I'm looking forward to seeing the FP sweater -- it looks cute even without arms!

8:26 AM  
Blogger nessagr said...

What a cute top! It looks great on you and I like the colors you chose- a more feminine theme from the sailor's navy and white. Also great yarn picks- lovely neutrals. As for the sweater- your very own design- so impressed!!! I'm going to have to stalk ravelry to see when you post the pics! Though right now I'm running right on over to check out the baby items.

9:12 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

It looks great and you look fab in it!! Free people inspired sweater is coming along too - looking forward to seeing how it comes out.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Charlie's Mom said...

I can't take the suspense anymore. Please... just a little hint! No one should let a pregnant lady get her blood pressure up.
I won't tell...

4:33 PM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

I tagged you, then saw you've already been tagged! So I double-tag you. Check my blog if you feel like playing.

12:24 PM  
Blogger f. pea said...

you are awesome! your ravelry project page makes me drool with jealousy - where do you steal all that knitting time??? rock on, breton girl! i can't wait to see your finished FIRST DESIGN! woo-hoo!

2:10 PM  
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