Friday, June 22, 2012

Hillhead Finale

At long last, after three months, the Hillhead Slipover from Ann Feitelson's The Art of Fair Isle Knitting is complete!

Although I finished it last weekend, I didn't want to model it until I'd bought a new blue dress shirt and my first ever real bow tie -- and then learned how to tie it. I was able to get the shopping done this afternoon, after which I rushed home to watch some YouTube bow tie directions. I wanted to do it all today while it was still "just" in the mid-90s. It's gonna get hot this weekend, and Tuesday's high is expected to be 108. I know wool is supposed to be fire-resistant, but really...

Turns out tying a bow tie is very similar to tying one's shoes -- only with really fat laces that you can only see in a mirror. I think I'm pretty close to getting it right.

This sweater is everything I hoped. I love the colors, I got gauge by swatching thoughtfully, I made a modification in length that was sorely needed, and, despite needing to purchase an extra ball of one color, I still have enough yarn left over to make a Polar Chullo for some lucky soul with a smaller melon than mine.

Whew! It's good to be done with the wad of wool on my lap for now. Now all I have to do is await some cooler weather so I can wear this thing, bow tie or not. And my other project is just the thing to bring on thoughts of wintry weather.

Stay cool!

 

11 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! And you look just like a...ummm.....well, a LIBRARIAN in your sweater vest and bow tie! ;-)

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  2. Holy shit - I can't tell you how hard I love that photo. Every detail - the dress shirt, the bow tie, the cocktail, the chair - and the photography, too! Did you guys get a new camera?

    Oh, and nice job on the knitting. :)

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  3. What an awesome accomplishment!

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  4. This is an outstanding sweater, and the styling is perfect. Bravo! How will you ever top it?

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  5. This is an outstanding sweater, and the styling is perfect. Bravo! How will you ever top it?

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  6. Smashing job, Master Librarian!

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  7. Stunning, Steven! Simply Stunning!

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  8. You look like such a gentleman, Steven, out on the porch in your bow tie, most likely a cool drink to hand. Very nice. :) Uncle C

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  9. Senor Self ~ This could not be more fabulous. Perfection.
    ~jene

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  10. A handsome man in a fabulous sweater. Job well done.

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  11. I am just in awe, it's so beautiful (and if I might say, you look very dapper wearing it!)

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