Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Bolero

There was a deadline for finishing this. It had to be done before oldest daughter left for a holiday to Turkey.
So I knitted like crazy to finish it, and just made it in time. Pffff, I'm still wiping the sweat of my brows..

Pattern: Bolero from the book Feminin Strik ( a Danish book ) by Lene Holme Samsoe
Yarn: Lima from HP Gruppen, a linen/cotton/viscose blend.
Needles: 2,5 mm and 3,5 mm .
After not having made a cardigan or sweater in a adult size for , well let's say 20 years, I am quite pleased with the result. It actually fits, and that was more than I had hoped for. I had a hard time following the minimal directions given in the book. There are no diagrams, no measurements given so there was some frogging. Finding the right color ribbon also turned out quite difficult, there was not a single one that matched the color of the yarn. So I had to be a little creative, I dyed it in tea. Normal teablends didn't give the right color, still too brownish. BUT I had a little teabag that was a gift with something in a Cherryblend which was just right. The tea looked a lot like blood, so if you have any Vampire feelings I will gladly give you the brand. Not my cup of tea ...

I didn't block it, it didn't need it but there also was no time.


A close-up of the ribbon closure.


After she had left, with the bolero, I took some time to relax ( an hour or so ) and cast on for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. But somehow I only managed to knit a couple of rows so there isn't really something to show yet. Instead I will show something else that I made and designed a while ago. A little bear. I used to make bears a couple of years ago but I haven't made one for a while now. I don't know why, because they are really fun to make. But this one seemed in need of a scarf and hat so I made hime some.

I thing he looks quite pleased with them.



Yes, I know he has big feet !

14 comments:

yarnophiliac said...

o.m.g. -- I love that bear!!! He has so much personality. If you ever feel like sharing the pattern, I would LOVE to have it/buy it. As for the bolero, your daughter is one lucky girl. It is gorgeous. Hope she has a great trip in Turkey!

Archiknist said...

The bolero turned out beautifully--and I love the pictures of your goats form a couple of posys ago!

Sarah said...

That little bear is so cute I can't stand it!!!

You should be proud of your bolero for your daughter - what a perfect thing to pack for Turkey.

Danielle said...

Your daughter must be absolutely thrilled to pieces with the bolero, because it's out of this world!!! I looooove it, with a capital L :) How creative with dying the ribbon with a cherry tea.

And your bear is adorable, my sister used to make bears a few years back too. Bears have such great personalities, especially once you give them their faces and some accessories ;)

Nancy said...

Woah! LOVE the Bolero!!!!! It really suits your daughter so well.

And the bear, SO CUTE!

Mooie fotos ook, Marianne... geweldig gewoon...

Windyridge said...

The bolero is beautiful and I love the bear!

Romi said...

The bolero is fabulous!

Very cute bear. :)

Kirsten said...

The bolero is beautiful and looks fantastic on your daughter. It fits her so well.

And that bear, oh that bear! He is adorable!!!

Cheryl said...

Wow, that bear is incredible! And you designed it! Amazing. The bolero is great too; the fit is really excellent.

Monkee Maker said...

You know what they say about big feet ..... big shoes!

What a gorgeous bear and lovely lacy bolero for your lucky daughter.

Alpaca Granny said...

Oh, the bolaro is beautiful, as is your daughter.

Fiberjoy said...

Love your bear, he has so much class and personality!

The ribbon is perfect with the bolero, nice.

Katarina said...

I think you made it beautiful. I have this book by myself,and I would like to knit this bolero,but it looks very difficult for me. Nice work,ones more:-)

zees5 said...

I have been wanting to make this but can't figure out the translation. You did a beautiful job!

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