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Monday, April 30, 2007

It Is Finished!

My Vine Lace Cardi is all finished! It felt really good to sew the last button on this and I can't wait to wear it! This is my first ever sweater from my handspun. All the details: The yarn was spun from Spinner's Hill batts, one ply was blue green, and the other was a blue, somewhere between royal and denim. I alternated skeins throughout the entire sweater to blend them together and make spinning differences less obvious. I used the traditional Vine Lace stitch pattern and found an edging stitch pattern for the neck band and front bands. The edging pattern came from a Classic Elite leaflet and the best part was that you end up with a YO in the center of each point which you can use as a buttonhole or just leave as a decorative YO.
This meant I didn't have to figure out how many buttons I wanted and where I wanted them before hand. As you can see from the top picture, I stopped the buttons part way up instead of going all the way to the top. I did this for a couple of reasons: I won't wear it buttoned higher than the highest button, and this sweater is so lightweight, I was afraid if I took the buttons all the way to the top it might make the neckline flop down on that side. (BTW, the buttons are photographing slightly lighter than they are in real life because of the flash - they actually blend much better.) So, how light is this sweater? Well, when I weighed it before I sewed the buttons on, it weighed 5 5/8 ounces (159.75 grams).
Here is one last picture, the lace in the window artsy shot.



Blogger Gale said...

It as absolutely beautiful.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Carissa said...

The cardigan turned out beautifully! I really like lace cardigans for the warmer weather. The edging that you found worked really well.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Abby Franquemont said...

Wooo! That's like the cardigan of my dreams, that I would wear nonstop all the time. ;-) Beautiful work!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I could not wait to see the final product! It is Stunning! Just Stunning! I was not sure what I thought of it = now that it is blocked and finished - it is a dream!. Hope you post a pattern for this so we can purchase it!
thanks for sharing

7:49 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Oh Melanie, It's beautiful; your handspun is awesome!

Great job, as always!
See you Saturday

8:37 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

That is a work of art! And how wonderful to use your handspun. Beautiful!

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Chery said...

Very pretty, I like the color and your pattern.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous! You are sure to get a lot of compliments on it when you wear it! Mindy

9:21 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

It is absolutely beautiful. Can we have a modelled shot?

9:25 AM  
Blogger Alison said...


10:44 AM  
Anonymous Astrig said...

You have every reason to be proud and I hope the first time you wear it out into the world, everyone's heads turn so much that you blush!

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Jill Schaefer said...


12:22 PM  
Blogger Busymom said...

Beautiful work!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:49 PM  
Blogger Sherie said...

It's lovely! Your handspun yarn was perfect for this project. Great job on the spinning and designing and knitting. I know you'll wear it with pride.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Kary said...

Holey Moley, Melanie!
It is beautiful ... great job! Hugs!

1:37 PM  
Blogger SheepsPyjamas said...

It is Pretty! Very nice! Someday I'll make something from my handspun for me...

2:59 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

That is really beautiful! You are so talented!
Sheri in GA

4:24 PM  
Blogger Taueret said...

oh it's beautiful! That lace design is perfect. I am going to steal your buttonhole edging idea. Thanks for sharing.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

Beautiful job!

5:44 PM  
Blogger handknit168 said...

I love the lace cardigan and yours is so beautiful, especially knitted by your spun yarn.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Very beautiful! Well done! Are you going to write a pattern?

11:58 PM  
Blogger April said...

Wow. Just wow. It's stunning. Pattern? Is there going to be a pattern? :)

12:19 AM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Lovely cardi! From your own spinning too! How inspirational :-)
I started knitting a baby dress in vine lace but decided it was a little too open. I'm going to try it in another item instead.

2:00 AM  
Anonymous janine said...

Beautiful - well done !

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Classic Elite patterns are among my favorites. You've taken it to a whole new level!! Just beautiful! No wonder you're so tickled pink! I'll look for those yellow Crocks on Saturday!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Webbo said...

Stunning. That's a wonderful cardigan.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Romi said...

That is absolutely *gorgeous* - top to bottom. Yummy!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Madame Purl said...

Gorgeous work!!!

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

Exquisitely light & lovely. Beautiful job!

8:24 AM  

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