Wednesday, December 26, 2007

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    You got them, and they were stiff as a board, and you broke them in.
    -Levi Strauss

    The buttons are fabulous. The sweater is perfect. I've worn it nearly every day since finishing it, and it's perfect for bopping around town. My town, or the central coast of California, as luck may have it. For all of my plans to knit ski sweaters, mittens, and all the fun things I love to knit, this is a great sweater for the California climate. I like it buttoned up, but it also works unbuttoned, or partly buttoned.

    Shaped Denim Aran
    Pattern: from Debbie Bliss' The Celtic Collection
    Yarn: Elann.com Den-M-Knit in Dark Indigo, 15 skeins (pattern called for 17 skeins of Rowan Denim)
    Needles: US6 for the body, US 4 for the borders
    Notes: No real pattern modifications. I was surprised and (pleasantly) amazed that the denim shrinking thing worked so well.
    Best Thing About This Project: It was a product knit more than a process thing, and I love the product.

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    20 Comments:

    Blogger Nonnahs said...

    It looks just perfect on you!

    12/26/2007 10:29 AM  
    Blogger alligator said...

    Looks great! Sometimes even though the product knits aren't as much fun they are more rewarding because you get so much wear out of them!

    12/26/2007 11:02 AM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Looks great! Congrats on a CA-OK FO!

    12/26/2007 11:28 AM  
    Blogger Angelika said...

    You just gotta love it when you put all that efford into a project and it fits just perfect. Makes it all worth while.

    12/26/2007 11:43 AM  
    Blogger Elinor said...

    So, so beautiful! I've always been scared to touch denim because of the shrinkage but I'm glad yours came out just perfectly!

    12/26/2007 12:08 PM  
    Blogger Turtle said...

    The sweater looks beautiful and fits you so wel...love the buttons as well. Your stockings were cute, thanks for including the link!

    12/26/2007 6:51 PM  
    Blogger Wool Winder said...

    Fabulous!!!

    12/27/2007 6:05 AM  
    Blogger Pat said...

    Your sweater is beautiful - maybe I shouldn't be so afraid of the unknowns of Denim yarn!

    12/27/2007 6:09 AM  
    Blogger Pumpkinmama said...

    That looks so great! Nice work.

    12/27/2007 6:11 AM  
    Blogger Kessa said...

    Nice job! It looks great on you!

    12/27/2007 9:55 AM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    It looks WONDERFUL on you and everything about it is just PERFECT, especially the buttons..LOL And, I'm really glad it works for your Southern CA climate.

    12/27/2007 12:38 PM  
    Anonymous Carrie K said...

    It came out really cute! And perfect for the weather.

    12/27/2007 7:01 PM  
    Blogger Chrissy said...

    Hi Theresa...

    Great job with the sweater!!!

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    Thanks.

    12/28/2007 7:54 AM  
    Blogger knitzalot said...

    That sweater turned out perfectly! It looks really good on you. Cotton may not be fun to knit with, but it makes a very comfortable sweater for our weather, doesn't it?

    12/28/2007 9:32 AM  
    Blogger Ren said...

    wow... that sweater is just gorgeous on you! great job! : )

    12/28/2007 3:20 PM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    Wow, that looks fantastic! The fit and color are just perfect for you. :)

    12/29/2007 11:28 AM  
    Blogger WandaWoman said...

    It looks great and the fit is perfect. And you're right, that cardigan is probably just perfect for California weather.

    12/29/2007 12:19 PM  
    Blogger Disentangled said...

    Yay! It looks great and congrats on such a great wearable sweater!

    12/30/2007 5:01 PM  
    Anonymous Dad said...

    Great pictures, you are beautiful.

    love you, Dad

    12/30/2007 8:32 PM  
    Anonymous TheNutGraf said...

    The sweater looks perfect. Congrats on finishing.

    1/01/2008 8:27 PM  

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