Friday, January 06, 2006


Here she is.

Project Specs:
Pattern: Butterfly, Jade Starmore
Yarn: Hebridean 2ply, as provided in kit from above link
Needles: Susan Bates #3 29" (magic looped when circumference got too small)

I am immensley proud of myself. This was my fist foray into fair isle, and to put it mildly, was a bit of a leap for me. I enjoyed all of this project - all of it. It was slow to materialize, and I took my time and all of my knitting on it was mindful, and it surprises me that that mindfulness didn't wear on me. I would put it aside for stretches when I needed a break, and pick it up and wonder why I ever let it sit.

I will most certainly knit fair isle again, but a project like this has to be long term for me, so it will probably be some time before I tackle something as complex as this again.

The steeks, while scary in theory, made so much sense as I constructed them that by the time it came to cut them, I felt very confident and not freaked out at all. It all worked beautifully, and things are holding together so well that I don't even plan to cross stitch the facings down (that and Margene said it was OK!)

I love the buttons, and can heartily recommend The ButtonDrawer for a great selection and nice prices.

And for all you who like the seamy underbelly of things, here is Butterfuly bearing her insides for all to see

And now, after previewing these posts and looking at the photos over and over, admiring my bad knitting self, I see my fatal flaw - something here is not quite right. If one of you notices and can tell me what it is, I promise to take the time to fix it. If no one sees it (please, no withholding to be polite) then it will stay as is - if you nit-picking knitters out there are oblivious, then the unwashed masses out there will be too. And if one of you notices something NEW that I didn't see, well then screw you - I never saw it!


Blogger Chris said...

Oh, it's gorgeous!! Even the floats inside. Wow.

Um, the thing I noticed when I looke closely at the the first two pictures is that it looks a little off kilter in the front - the "stripes" aren't lining up between the right and left fronts. Issue with the button band?

It's still beautiful!!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Sandysknitting said...

Okay, I am not even going to look. Because when you are wearing it, no one will be concentrating that hard on the pattern. Really. Even though it IS STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS. People will not compare and stare. And if, I say IF there is a small flaw, this is good because it is your design element, making THIS version of butterly your own. Even better than AS's. Really.
It is gorgeous! Bravo! Wear it with pride!

2:57 PM  
Blogger bluecanary said...

it is GORGEOUS! What a labor of love! And you look fabulous in it.

but... it seams (ha!) to me like the color bands don't quite line up center front... I don't think I would have noticed if not exhorted to go looking...

2:59 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I see what Chris is talking about regarding lining it up, but only because I looked really closely. Actually, from far away. If it were me, I'd fix it - It would just be a matter of taking of the (gorgeous, by the way) buttons and resewing them in the appropriate place. Worth it, I think.

Gorgeous knitting. Looks good on you, too.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Helen said...


and I'm in AWE.

and the, but ONLY because YOU ASKED FOR IT, I'm turning on my hyper-pick eyes, and pretending I"m Monk

I note that the color of the yarn you used to sew the buttons on seems awfully bright on the back of the garment.

I note that there appears to be a weird gaposis going on at the top button. I'm guessing this may be caused by the fact that the stripse don't quite, line up, and though the top band appears to, the bottom band doest. With any luck, this can be fixed by shifting the buttons -- which you'd have done naturally when you swtiched the yarn to sew/tie them on to satisfy the lunatics who closely examine innards...

She's still gorgeous just the way she is though. And since I've never made anything quite as lovely, I'm still contemplating not saying anything...

nahh... I'm just rude enough to speak.. but only since you asked.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Carole said...

What everybody said about the stripes not lining up on the front - but only because you made me look. I might not have noticed otherwise. If it's not a big deal to fix - and if it will bug you - then you should. Otherwise, I'd leave it alone. It's really really beautiful!

3:20 PM  
Blogger caitlyn said...

It looks absolutely *beautiful*!!! I noticed the stripe issue, but only after you mentioned the flaw. Congratulations on such a beautiful piece of work!

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Monica said...

It looks beautiful!!! The stripes not matching up I didn't notice until you mentioned a flaw; it's easy enough to fix so I'd say go for it, take care of it and never think about it again. Very nice, and first fair isle, too, geez! :)

4:34 PM  
Anonymous margene said...

It is a marvelous job and would be easy enough to fix the fronts to match. I had the same problem with my first FI front. You did a magni job of stranding and finishing. Bravo!!!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

it's gorgeous! It look completely fantastic!

Like everyone else, I didn't notice that the bands don't match up until you told us to look for a flaw!

If it bothers you that much, you probably want to fix it (no sense in spending so much time on it to look at it and gripe at yourself every time you see it because of one minor flaw). But frankly, I didn't notice it until you told us to. :) It's gorgeous! :D

6:37 PM  
Blogger Aimee said...

Your vest is stunning. And you know, I was really staring at it in awe, and did not notice the whole stripe thing. That is, until you begged us to knit-pick. I think after all the work, you have to fix it, because it's going to bug you. Beautiful. Even the husband said wow.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

She's stunning, inside and out! The buttons are perfect and she fits you perfectly! Well done!

9:37 PM  
Blogger CjSachiko said...

Butterfly is just stunning!

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I say save your time and knit something else, rather than fixing the minor flaw on Butterfly. Like everyone else, I didn't notice anything off until you mentioned it. It came out positively beautiful, and you should certainly be very proud of yourself for knitting such a gorgeous piece. Well done!

3:11 AM  
Blogger Margot said...

Your vest is stunning! It fits you beatifully and the colors are perfect.

Wear it with pride!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Butterfly is a work of art ... inside and out (thank you for the shot of the inside ... I love looking at the "guts" of Fair Isle work).

If it were me, I'd fix the button bands, but I really didn't notice the problem until someone else pointed it out.

You have every reason to be immensely proud of yourself. This is beautiful work.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Butterfly is a work of art ... inside and out (thank you for the shot of the inside ... I love looking at the "guts" of Fair Isle work).

If it were me, I'd fix the button bands, but I really didn't notice the problem until someone else pointed it out.

You have every reason to be immensely proud of yourself. This is beautiful work.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Great colors - fantastic first time out of the gate. You should be very proud of the accomplishment!!

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

It's stunning and it fits you perfectly. I am wicked jealous you get to strut around in something so beautiful!

10:14 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

It's beautiful! Even the inside is beautiful! You did a fantastic job.

I do think that you need to fix the problem with the stripes. They don't look too bad on the body (you can always say that they are supposed to be like that!) but the bottom edge looks very odd. Hopefully, shifting the buttons will solve the problem, but I'm guessing that the button bands will need to be reknit :-(

10:24 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

GORGEOUS. Simply stunning. The fit, the colors, the buttons. Perfect. You did a great job. I'm so impressed.

11:22 AM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

So incredibly beautiful! And the buttons are a perfect choice. What fabulous work. I can't get over how neat it is on the inside. My colorwork needs lots of work to be even and not pucker. I am (as ever) impressed! :)

2:40 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

I don't see anything! Great job, your floats look amazing!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

it's beautiful, simply beautiful! Like a work of art, in vest form.

I'm not going to study your pictures to see something wrong because I'm the knitter who leaves mistakes in as my own secret joke. From my glaces I can't see anything and instead see how great a choice those buttons were.

All of the fairisle'ing I've seen this winter has set the bar high for my "next-winter" fair isle projects!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Beautiful work, Pumpkinmama! Truly amazing! I have been staring at the photos in awe. I hope you are VERY proud of yourself!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Stunning. Now I want to make one too.

4:06 PM  
Blogger the fiddlin' fool said...

Beautiful work! I may have to ask your advice about steeking when I cut my fair-isle vest up, which is something that, in theory, I do not fear, but as the time approaches, I am beginning to wonder...

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Pam said...

Wow, I'm in awe - the colors are just gorgeous! Beautiful knitting, Pumpkin!

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Teresa C said...

Wow! I am so impressed. I started an AS fair isle years ago and now am too nervous to start it again as I am sure my gauge will be different and it will bug the heck out of me.

I'll be saving my money for that kit now.

7:32 PM  
Blogger alison said...

Gorgeous! That's one of my favorite of their designs. Great job!

11:05 AM  

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