Thursday, April 11, 2013

A few finishes

With all this book-writing and Quilt Market organisation (and a spot of teaching thrown in) on my part, this poor little blog has been neglected.  So too has my reading and knitting. 
 
The top I began on New Years Day was looking like being a WIP forever, but thanks to interstate flights (and delays with flights), I managed to get a lot of it done last weekend.
 
 
The yarn is a hand-painted linen from Prudence Mapstone (purchased at one of the craft shows last year.... or the year before...?).  The last time I used this yarn was with crochet.  Knitting was a much slower affair, but I wanted the challenge and the opportunity to enjoy working with this luscious yarn for a long time.  (I just hadn't counted on it being over 3 months on the one project!)

 
The pattern is L2 by Lidia Tsymbal, available on Ravelry here. I've bookmarked a few more of the patterns by this designer.  I like her style.

 
The last push to finish this top was my reward - guilt-free knitting in the evening - for finishing the sewing for the new book.  The samples are now all packed up and awaiting international courier pick-up.


And now I'm all inspired by a zillion different knitting patterns and ideas.  Teresa Dair's Mayhem jacket has captured my imagination, and I'm planning to start playing with different sized needles and yarns to create texture. 


I just have to finish a bit more writing and organising first...

10 comments:

MsKRS' Pink Stitches said...

I love this!....its very cool! ;)

bloglessanna said...

Love your new top. I'm so pleased the bags are completed and on their way. Hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

thornberry said...

Wow - how incredibly gorgeous is that knit! You've done a sterling job, Miss Nikki. Used my wonderful new bag today, by the way - loving it! I'm off to the AQC next Thursday, and plan on visiting Prudence Mapstone's stand...dangerous, I know! Are you up to coming along too?

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Beautiful knit - very chic and elegant. Love the cross bits at the back - sort of like big dropped stitches.

Fer said...

Oh my, this is so you! Well worth the time and effort.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

congrats and well done times a thoosand for all the finishing.

but 3 months for a knitting FO? that's nothing I've got WIPs years old. Gets to the point I think I never finish anything!

that red is very you.

Katy Cameron said...

Love the top, and looking forward to seeing what that needle/yarn combo will deliver! Hope the end is in sight for the writing/organising (well, for now)

meli B said...

A great finish Nikki. Ravelry is a fantastic resource.

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Hannah said...

Oh my goodness, this is GORGEOUS. You always have such great details, like the belt on the Mod bag. Are you on Kollabora? Even if your techniques are carefully guarded secrets, I think everyone else there would go crazy for these pictures alone.