Sunday, April 22, 2012

FO: Bettie's Pullover


Welcome to today's edition of "Random Poses With Farm Equipment".

Your presenter today is Ms Roo B. Doo, who would like to demonstrate the Cultivator.
Note how gripping the marker encourages an upright posture.

Climbing onto the discs is not to be advised.

But it is essential that your (Ginger in teal wool) skirt matches the weathered paint... and that your nail polish (Priti NYC Blue Sage) matches your tights (Mary Portas) which match your new pullover... and that your hair matches the colour of the sky.


Now, why exactly are we messing about posing with farm equipment, Roo?
Oh yes - your pullover!

Stats:
Pattern:  Bettie's Pullover by Maria Leigh from Interweave Knits Winter 2011.
Yarn:  5 balls of Alba Yarn from The Wool Shed, colorway Moody Blue
Button:  Vintage and origin unknown, found in grandma's button box.

Process:  I started knitting this on the train on the way home from the Crafter's Ceilidh in January.  So it took me exactly three months to knit.

The instructions look very complicated, but they work.  My only word of warning is that you need to take care to pick up the loops on your short rows or you will get annoying holes in your garment.  It's obvious, but I missed a few and had to go over them with a stitch or two of spare yarn at the end.

I knitted my sleeves flat and at the same time to keep myself motivated.


Verdict?
If anything, I like it even more than I expected to.  It fits really well (despite early worries that it was looking a bit baggy) and the gauge with the Alba Yarn is perfectly acceptable.  I thought it might be too thin a yarn, but it seems to work with every pattern I throw it at.  This is my third Alba Yarn garment:  Audrey in Unst and Betty Jean both used it too.  As I just bought 5 balls of Honey to make a cardigan, you can see how much I love this wool!

The style is wonderfully vintage-inspired, but I like that it doesn't look "stuck in time".

It's my new favourite pullover!

39 comments:

Lauren said...

That is BEAUTIFUL! It looks very, very high end in its finishing. The colour is great on you.

Kestrel said...

Wow, this really is beautiful. I love the vibrant colour and vintage look. Great outfit altogether - you look great.

Jill said...

LOVE it. So classic!

Lynne said...

It's gorgeous!!! And it goes really well with your skirt. :) Good luck with the cardy!

Gail said...

Beautiful! The fit is absolutely perfect!

Sadie said...

Beautiful - and I love how colour-coordinated your outfit is!

Linda C said...

That is a beautiful sweater - and the way your outfit is put together is so chic! I love that color- and the style.

I see you too are " blowing in the wind." We have a beautiful blue sky, no clouds, but, to quote the weather man, "wind advisory until 7 p.m." My husband and son went to move the tall ladder again the chimney (I don't want to know what that was about) and immediately came back in for a sweater and a jacket.

Enjoy your beautiful sweater!

LindaC

Lucy said...

Oh, lovely. I love everything about the jumper, and your outfit in general, and the photos, and this post. Lovely!

Lucy said...

PS. May I stalk you out on Ravelry?

kbenco said...

It is a gorgeous pullover, the fit looks perfect.
Your colour co-ordination and farm equipment enhance your jumper nicely ;). Great photos.

Sarah P said...

I've been keen to see this since you first started it and it looks fabulous! It's a beautiful colour, and really suits you.

We're off up to Elgin on holiday soon and I really want to visit The Wool Shed. You've inspired me to try some Albayarn - what is it like to wear? Is is soft or is it itchy? I don't get on with Jamieson and Smith's 2 ply - is this the same?

Congrats again on another very, very lovely project.

Marie said...

Oh this is soooo lovely! The style is really cool and the fit is perfect!

Clare S said...

Wow, I love this! I absolutely agree that it's got that perfect combination of vintage style and modern aesthetic, so it doesn't look like you're wearing your grandma's jumper! Fabulous - you've inspired me to get back to learning knitting so I can get good enough to make something this lovely!

Sarahel said...

That is GORGEOUS.

Snickerdoodle Smith said...

It should be your new favorite! It's beautiful! I liked that sweater pattern when I first saw it, but you've definitely inspired me to add it to my "Make" list.

Penny said...

It does look stunning.

The Foggy Knitter said...

That jumper is amazing, looks brilliant, suits you beautifully and works so well with the skirt. I'm most jealous!

Adele said...

Wow! I am so impressed! Bettie is fabulous! It looks absolutely stunning on you, man I wish I could knit! (well more than ribbed slippers). Beautiful job and it goes perfectly with your skirt too.

Sigrid said...

It really is a winner, and I must say the yarn choice, styling and model are even more appealing than the Interweave shoot. (Also, your hair matches the grasses in the background much more than that wild looking sky.) Another really perfect outfit.

LLBB said...

Wow, love the color, style, fit, outfit, everything!!

KateB said...

It's gorgeous! Even more certain now that I would look dreadful in it, as you look divine. :-D

Sølvi said...

Congrats on finishing it! This is such a pretty style and color, I just love it!

Lorna A said...

Ditto.

Well everyone has already said how fab you and Bettie look. Those tights take me back to my youth when I too wore navy. I've got to go and buy some Mary Portas tights now to cover up my Mary Portas knickers. ;-)

shivani said...

this is SO beautiful! Loving all the hues of blue :)

Christine Laennec said...

Absolutely beautiful, you should be extremely pleased with yourself! Very cultivated as well (even next to a cultivator).

I can't wait to see what you do with the Honey yarn now!

Lysy said...

This (and you!) look gorgeous! I love the colour and the fit, and it looks perfect with the ginger skirt :)

Roobeedoo said...

Aw - thank you everyone!
:)
Sarah P - you asked if the yarn is itchy... um... maybe? I know my mother would not be able to wear it. You need to feel it for yourself I think! I haven't used the yarn you mentioned so can't compare. I am wearing a long-sleeved t shirt underneath.

Evie said...

This is so very beautiful. This sweater is definitly on my to-do list and I think I may give this yarn a go too. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

It deserves to be your favorite sweater! It's terrific, and you look terrific in it. I will add it to my Ravelry queue right away. May I ask how much ease is in your version? It fits beautifully - a great look.
-- stashdragon

Shannon said...

The detail is truly lovely. The button and the little button flaps are so cute :)

Ali said...

You are too funny! And this is gorgeous. Such a lovely sweater -- color goes with nearly everything, I imagine, and all the details make it really special.

Your knitting is always so inspiring. I think I'm going to pick up Weekend Hats, and that's totally your fault ;)

Scruffybadger said...

SWOON - it is fabulous! And shown off to perfection with agricultural equipment. I LOVE everything about it - colour, stitches & style with that o so cute tie neck.

Sarah P said...

Thanks for letting me know about the yarn. Daft of me to ask really; it's such a subjective thing. I think it's maybe not for me, but the colours are lovely and it seems to knit up incredibly well. You've made some really beautiful items with it. Maybe the long sleeve t-shirt is the way to go for me. Thanks again!

Roobeedoo said...

Stashdragon - you asked about ease. I made the second size, which is 34 3/4 inches, which gives me about two inches of room to breathe. It is very stretchy though, so the sizing gives a lot of leeway!

Margaret said...

Beautiful sweater! I wish my knitting was that fitted. My last attempt at a sweater can be seen from space, I think. More like a tent.

Anonymous said...

You look like the cover girl for a knitting magazine. What a lovely sweater, and what a cute outfit.

didyoumakethat said...

It's beautiful! I'm so pleased to think I was at least nearby at the start of this make. Love the outside shots. You know, I'm still knitting my cardigan that was begun before Christmas!!!

feresaknit said...

Simply gorgeous. Love the little tie at the neck which manages not to look blocky. :D

Elizabeth said...

The sweater is stunning and the scenery is spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures with us.