Saturday, February 07, 2009

Jumpers. Snow & Pie.

Before we get onto the knitting, my contribution to London(ish) knit bloggers' delight in our recent snowfall. As well as the odd juxtaposition of British phonebox and New York Cab, I love the red and yellow shining in all that white light.

Cityscape in Snow closeup

Unfortunately, getting me, daylight, snow and photographer all outside at the same time proved impossible, so these FO shots are quite thawed. Plus, it is still bleeding cold, so it was a matter of running round the corner to the park behind our house, taking photos, running in to de-frost and change jumper, then running back.

Owls close up of yoke

Firstly, O W L S. Even ignoring the wonder of the owls, this is a very well written yoke pattern - I may use it for a plain jumper. I loved the waist-shaping at the back, though if it does mean the unworn jumper looks a bit like it has a bustle (this might be because I gave it an extra inc and dec set to accommodate the smaller row gauge and my over-average height) The owls are fun and cute, but the button-eyes give a pretty detail and though I'm wearing jeans here, it looks smart paired with a plain black skirt, grey tights and boots.

I wasn't sure the owls would be dramatic enough in lighter yarn, but I like them now they are all done and have eyes. I was also worried I’d run out of yarn as the seller only had five left, so I decided to err on the side of a smaller size. The result is tight, but works - I’d much rather this way that too big. I needed have worried about the yarn: I've got a ball to spare (I got the yarn on sale - even with the buttons, a very cheap project). The other worry was that I didn't suit yoked sweaters, but I'm actually quite pleased with it. Despite all these concerns, I was completely convinced by the pattern. Not just for those of us who read The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark too much as a child, a properly lovely jumper. Full stats on ravelry.

I also finished a purple tweed jumper (ravelry page here). But it's really plain, so I'll finish with a shot of some hot cherry pie I made last night instead. Because that's what we need in this weather. Warm jumpers and hot puddings.

cherry pie

24 comments:

Corvus said...

Both are gorgeous and suit you quite well. I must make that owl sweater some day.

Phiala said...

Oh, WOW. I love the owls.

Nadia said...

The owls are really darling!

Jane said...

Lovely jumpers! The pie looks wonderful too. I've only recently discovered the joy that is pie so it's featured heavily on my dining table these past couple of weeks. I'm yet to make a cherry pie though - yum! It looks like you're all set for London's next snow day (fingers crossed....).

RooKnits said...

I love the owls and the felted tweed jumper - that pie looks delicious too

Knittripps said...

What a wonderful way to stay warm! I love your new jumpers and your pie looks delicious.

Deadly Knitshade said...

I love your owls. Same jumper is in my queue.

Also your photo of cab and melty phonebox rules.

I blogged about the London snow too. We're a snow-lovin' bunch, eh?

gleek said...

both sweaters are super cute. i just love those owls!

and damn, did you have to go and show the cherry pie?! oh, i want some now!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Your sweaters are lovely! They look beautiful on you.

tangerinetrees said...

Please stop knitting such awesome jumpers, I have way too many queued that were inspired by this blog already!!

Mollimoo said...

Ooh, lovely cherry pie!...oh, yes...Gorgeous jumpers too!!Very inspiring blog. Will look you up on Ravelry.

Iris said...

Both are looking stunning but I particularly like the Owls!

Also, I could do with a slice of that pie... ;-)

startare said...

Just love those owls!

lara.clements said...

Whoot!! Both jumpers look excellent and really suit you. Thanks for posting a link to my snow post!! And I love the look of the pie - so yummy.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

The Salina is very simple and chic--it looks superb on you!

twigletqueen said...

Om nom nom. Wooly jumpers and hot pie = perfection, I quite agree.

Love your owls, so cute!

ponyknit said...

Lovely sweaters! The owls are adorable!
Mmmm pie looks delish!

atia said...

your owls jumper is fab! and the cherry pie looks delish too.

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Lily said...

This will not succeed in reality, that is what I think.

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