Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Not Socks


This Christmas as most of you know I made my mother Norwegian mittens and blogged about her reaction. When I was as the yarn store picking out the colors for the mittens, I looked down and saw this beautiful yarn still in the box and not on the shelves yet. The yarn was Lorna's Laces worsted in a beautiful colorway. Meera told me she can't keep that colorway in the shop it is so popular, so I picked up 2 skeins thinking I would make my Mom socks for her birthday...

My mother saw the yarn in my knitting basket and commented on how pretty the yarn was,I was stoked because I knew she would love her birthday socks. My mom then said, how I made her socks in those colors. Crud.... what was I going to do now?

I went back to my LYS and found that there was only 1 skein left (Meera wasn't kidding about the color flying out of the shop) and so I picked it up thinking that I would make a vest, or find something to make with the beautiful colored yarn.

Picture copyright Ysolda Teague.

After searching on Ravelry and deciding that I didn't want to design something - I found a popular pattern called Liesl by Ysolda Teague and she was donating a percentage of the sales to help Haiti... so it was a no brainer that I purchase the pattern and make myself a Liesl. The picture above is the designer in her Liesl. The great thing about Ravelry is that you get to look at every one's completed patterns and see how the finished product looks on real people. I knew I was going to make a larger size so that it didn't look so tight on me.... and I began to look over the pattern. My designer brain chimed in and said. "why don't you make this a pullover and not a cardigan.... you have a million cardigans". So, that's what I did... I changed the pattern a bit and made it a pullover.

I love it...

This yarn may or may not have jumped into by knitting bag last week to become another Leisl...



5 comments:

Katherine said...

Very bgeautiful and I can see why you originally bought those colors for Mom.

Ysolda said...

I love seeing variations on my patterns and yours looks wonderful!

Jenni said...

Did I mention blue was my favorite color??? haha. LOVE the pullover!!!

Aaron said...

For my birthday, Jenni would like one of these in the same color.. quid pro quo, Flowers... Pullover... Hint Hint.. Love you more

elizabeth said...

I love it! I'm totally going to copy you - it's pretty as a cardigan but I am endowed and cardigans that gape open make me look larger than I am and I lose waist definition - no good on all fronts! I think I'll wing it with the vine lace pattern (from Barbara Walker) and knit it top down, and see what happens! Thanks for the inspiration!