Sunday, October 26, 2008

Theoretical Theros

This post is titled thus because I'm rather bemused at myself for the way I work with designs. More on my gooberness below:
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Pattern: Theros
Yarn: 5.5 hanks of the very beautiful Handmaiden Samira Silk
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Firstly, the yarn.
I can never say enough good things about Handmaiden and Fleece Artist yarns. At least, all of their yarns I've knit with so far (and this is a considerable amount!) have pleased me in every respect.
The only hint of a possibility of a negative: when I blocked it, the colour bled out a bit. I didn't notice any difference in the hue of the yarn, though. Just the bloody-looking yarn-soak water!

Secondly, my madness.
Mad like a lazy person, I think. Inevitably, my finished knit designs never turn out how I imagined they would. This is usually due to my previously mentioned laziness. In this instance, it's also my lack of adequate yardage planning.
Initially I had wanted this knit to be created with a fair amount of positive ease, so that it could be nicely belted and look tres chic etc...
Well, after knitting up almost two hanks worth and realizing this would leave me with a garment that would reach only about to my armpits, I had to reassess.
Thus the good ol' negatively-eased tunic you see before you was born.

The lace sitting around my neck is the Dayflower pattern from Barbara Walker (I believe it was her Second Treasury book).
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The name?

Well, Theros is, according to a couple baby-name websites, is the root of me first name. I also thought the colour was quite autumnal, and the tunic-y-ness of the top sort of reminds me of astrological depictions of the Virgo. Plus, I'm supposed to be one of them Virgos.

22 comments:

orata said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! wow.

Cyn said...

Okay, that's it, I'm going to start stalking your designer page on Ravelry because I like pretty much everything you come up with. Stalky stalky!

That top is lovely.

yoel said...

Love love love! Fear not, you are one of the few who can pull off that much neg ease :)

christijnp said...

I love this! Beautiful!

Team Knit ! said...

It looks fantastic! I'm having a tough time imagining it as a belted, positive-ease pullover, but I really like the finished product! that neck detail is so lovely.

- Julie

Aesderina said...

just gorgeous!! the yarn the looks soft and cozy.. I think I'll have to find a pattern for that yarn! just looks too comfy to pass off.

Love the lace around the neck!

Siga said...

Tres chic! I love your earings as well.

Robin said...

That is beautiful - great lace around the neck and the color is gorgeous too!

Kajin said...

I like it too!

Kai said...

I think Theros is simply stunning... *drools*

petra said...

Beautiful! This color and style are lovely on you!

soknitpicky said...

Sooo gorgeous! And the color choice is stunning!

Hilary said...

It's beautiful! What a clever way to use the lace pattern -- the collar is very neat. And I think it looks very chic fitted!

Susan said...

What a fab, fab sweater! Great job, indeed.

glassoffashion said...

Gorgeous! I love the dayflower lace around the neck.
(I'm trying to knit an entire scarf in dayflower at the moment- I think it may require more concentration than I have at my disposal. Arg.)

Fel said...

You can still belt it and look gorgeous, no problem! :D Love the lace, and the yarn colour!

Amethyst said...

Very beautiful.

ern said...

that is beaitufl!!

will you post the pattern??

it looks great with your earrings and colorings!

Sel and Poivre said...

You can clearly handle that much negative ease - whereas a sweater to the armpits - probably not -beautiful job!

Niki said...

No matter that you had to change the design...it turned out beautifully. It would make a great holiday sweater. I love the neckline.

Sway Knits said...

This is such a beautiful sweater! Love the richness of the color. :-)

Walden said...

That looks great on you!