01 November 2009

Alert the Media!

Remember this?

That slowly became this:

And then, eventually I learned how to create steeks. And it looked like this:

"Am I the only one that's wondering when she's gonna finish this???"

Finally, I learned how to cut the steeks:

Well ... ready or not, I have the latest picture to show you, so I hope you are sitting down and have not just taken a drink of something. 

*Please note that if you have a weak heart, you may want to just stop right now and move on to looking at pictures of bunnies or something like that.*

Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages, I present - at last - Dotty in all of its completed glory!

PatternDotty, from Rowan Magazine #40

Needles:  US size 3; US size 6

Yarn:  Various.  Base yarn is Reynolds Whiskey in Rose Quartz colorway.  (I learned that I love to knit with Whiskey, as well as drink whiskey ...)

Started:  As part of a class project at Rosie's Yarn Cellar, February 10, 2008

Finished:  October 14, 2009  (with a long break in 2008 to knit socks for Christmas gifts)

Modifications:  The pattern is written to be knit as a back and a front in separate pieces.  I knit it in the round.  Then I made an inadvertent modification - once I had the body nearly complete, I realized that the rows of dots were supposed to be offset from each other.  I like to think that I knit it in a way that made it my own.  (You know, "design feature" and all that ...)

If you really want the details about the yarns I used, here is the link to the project page on Ravelry.  The base yarn is not quite so pink-y, but more of a light beige/pink. 

The FO was gifted to The Tim this past Wednesday for an anniversary gift.  It fits him perfectly!  (When we are both home during the day and it's not raining, I'll try to get a modeled shot.)

This ended up being a really fun knit, though it took a lot of concentration and patience for me, especially at first (I must have cast-on and ripped and cast-on again about 4 times!).  But I did enjoy it once I had the rhythm going, and could see the pattern developing.  I will definitely try more fairisle knitting.

*In the event that you ignored my earlier warnings, and now find yourself short of breath, or collapsed onto a fainting chair, don't blame me.  I can only be responsible for so much, you know.


KSD said...

Did Garden Kitty survive the unveiling? I notice the absence in the final photo.

Jenn said...

Fabulous job! I have to admit the idea of steeking makes me a little woozy.

Did Garden Kitty go look at pictures of bunnies?

Carol said...

Woot! Congratulations!!!! Looks awesome.

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Marie said...

If this is your first attempt at steeking, then I am even more impressed than I usually am at the very idea of steeking. It makes me woozy to think about it. Congratulations!!

Channon said...

Beautiful! I'm more impressed by the stranded work than steeks. I guess we all have our hurdles, huh? ;)

Kathleen said...

Congratulations on the steeking. What a lovely vest for The Tim.

Ann said...

Steeks! You are a knitting goddess!

Lorraine said...

Bridget- You did it! Well done.

Amanda said...

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh! I love it! Mine hasn't been touched since we moved, but I LOVE yours. Love it.

Sue V said...

Woo-hoo! Beautiful!

Brigitte said...

Awesome!!!! YAY YOU!! So, what's next? Hmmm...?!!

Quilting Mama said...

How wonderful, finished and gifted.

so what's on the needles now?

Dave said...

Woo hoo -- well done!!!

Lorette said...

Very handsome! Congratulations!

Carrie K said...

But I didn't realize you were serious! /fans self.

Whoo!! Steeked and DONE! Dotty looks fabulous.

Kee Kee said...

WOW!!! This looks awesome!!!!! Great job!!

Anonymous said...

It's gorgeous!