Wednesday, May 18, 2011

zara

I might feel a little like I am back in Jr. High, but I love it!
Worked bottom up, in the round. A little rib, a little color work, a little plain knitting in the round, color work, (twist, untwist), decrease, rib and voila. You've got yourself a sweater. (Okay, it really wasn't that fast.)
I must admit this looked like it was made for Libby when I finished it. (It was T I N Y !)
However, I didn't panic. (Tried not to.) I threw it (placed it gently) into the washing machine on its hand wash cycle, and then I blocked it (stretched it). That technique has worked for me every time.
I absolutely adore this fair isle pattern. Working on it was just enough to keep it interesting. Although, I just get a little bummed when I have to stop knitting to untwist the colors. And, I may have switched up some of the colors a bit. (Reading the colors, in that bright sun, on the beach, after a beer, may have gotten me a little confused.)
Pattern: Zara
Size: small, 36"
Yarn: Princess by Classic Elite 7 balls #3413 black, 1 ball #3428, 1 ball #3403, 1 ball #3416.
Needles: US 6 and 7

It's been really exciting around here... Libby got off her braces yesterday! Nothing but smiles and mirror checking. I am pretty sure she was smiling in her sleep when I went in for the final good night kiss last night.

Happy Day to you!

59 comments:

Gnat said...

Wow...it's absolutely beautiful! Great job!

Miss Julep said...

Beautiful!

Poshyarns said...

Ooh, very nice indeed, the fit is perfect. Libby must be so happy to be brace free.

Erin said...

It looks wonderful! Great work!

3 M's and 1 N said...

great sweater! I am amazed :)

and yay to Libby- I remember the feeling of that freedom from being a metal mouth!

ColorSlut said...

Holy love batman. What a great sweater! You did such a nice job on it. I could never wear it because I can't stand things next to my neck - but I love the color work and fit on you!

Suzanne said...

Just beautiful, Leslie. Your work is always so impressive and this is no exception.

Maria said...

Stunning and a perfect fit

MadMad said...

That is one of the prettiest fair isle patterns I've seen! Beautiful! And congrats to Miss Libby! There is nothing better than the feeling of getting braces off!

michele said...

i smiled at your statement about jr. high. i had a sweater similar to this in jr. high - hand knit for me by my grandmother and i loved it. have been dreaming of knitting myself something similar. you did an amazing job on this!

April said...

Awesome color work. I love the pattern and your color choices.

It should be great come fall.

Celestial said...

It looks perfect and well cut for you. Great color combo as well.

stitching under oaks said...

yeah for you and Libby! Love the sweater and the fit is perfect. The colors are great! Wonderful job Leslie!

kim said...

Oh, my gosh. I could not love this beauty more.

missyinedmonds said...

SO beautiful!!

Linda said...

Super cute!!!

Mom said...

Lindo!

Jane said...

cute! Matt got his braces off too. I have yet to get a picture of him without them!

house on hill road said...

yay you! that's sweater is gorgeous. and i love knitting fair isle. that's the only colorwork i like.
and yay libby! i bet she'll be smiling big for days.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Adorable and perfect fit!

Rene' Sharp said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I need to try colour-work, but it looks a bit beyond me at this stage :)

ELP said...

Great sweater, you do such beautiful work !

Jolanda said...

Wow it's so so beautiful!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

Kitten said...

Gorgeous work. I love these colorwork yoke sweaters the more I see them!

TD wool design said...

well, the fit looks awesome! it's just perfect.
hooray for no more braces! we have at least half a year to go.

From All Stitched Up said...

As usual another great sweater!

Anonymous said...

Oh so beautiful!

After so much ugliness and utter devastation all around us (tornadoes), it does my heart good!

My Cody has another year before the grand unveiling, and we've already talked about how weird it will seem to be without braces!

Hugs~Jan

Ellen said...

My daughter is having her braces off in September (yeah!0. Lovely lovely colors for the sweater - I really like the curly-cue points (don't know the official name).

Yarndude said...

Wow, this sweater looks incredible!!

stringsofpurls said...

So cute! I love it! Congratulations!

kathy b said...

jr high rocks

Julie said...

LOVE it! I've yet to try fair isle, but I need to. Drive Thru has been on my list since before I had kids and my oldest is now 3 1/2 so it's high time I get the yarn for it and give it a try! Maybe eventually I'll be able to tackle one in my size.

michelle said...

....wait!!!! aren't you in junior high???
(oh, it's just me and where my sense of humor is stuck)
xox

Z of ZKNITZ said...

This looks really nice!

kelli said...

I love it. it is beautiful.

Linda said...

A very lovely sweater! Yay to being brace free for Libby too!

Laura said...

Love it! I've recently gotten into colourwork and have yet to attempt a sweater... The yoke pattern is really very pretty!

Kristyn Knits said...

I know you're hearing this a lot.. BEAUTIFUL!! You and the sweater. Your skills are to be admired.

Yay Libby!! Beautiful with, even more beautiful without. Must be the time...Spencer is due to get his off in a few weeks as well.

jo said...

Just gorgeous, lovely work.

Judi A. said...

Ahhh...free of braces. What a wonderful feeling!! You just made yourself what is called a "lopapeysa." Check out this blog

www.rodprjonar.blogspot.com

He's also on ravelry. You did a beautiful job. Love the colors!

Erica said...

Just Beautiful!!!

Tricia U. said...

OMG...L.O.V.E!!!!!! Makes me want to try some fair isle now!

Jodi said...

So cute! I love the colors and the pattern.

Lisa said...

YAY Sweater and YAY Libby!

Maryse said...

It's beautiful! Good job with the blocking. Amazing!

Nantucket Dreams said...

Leslie I love it! And I don't think you look like you're in jr high at all! These sweaters are always stylish and I like the black and grays

tentenknits said...

gorgeous job!

Teresa said...

The fit, the color, the colorwork. You did an excellent job and you should be proud. This is really pretty!

lulubeans said...

it's so beautiful, and not jr. high at all! i'm always so inspired by your sweaters!

nicole said...

Yay for Libby! I remember when I got my braces off, I ate a huge bag of jelly bellies.

Love the sweater, especially the super cute "shrunken" fit.

wayside wanderer said...

Wow oh wow! It's lovely!

lucky knitter said...

Very pretty and great color combination!

Hilary said...

That's SO pretty! I love circular yokes with fair isle so, so much. Love the 3/4 length sleeves, too!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Lovely!

Entertaining Knitting said...

That bread-and-butter miss looks so cute!

Anonymous said...

You did such a wonderfull job! It looks like the perfect sweater.
Francis

riotyarn said...

It looks fabulous. Looks like a perfect fit. I never get tired of sweaters with a patterned yoke.

rosemary said...

yay for libby
wow for your sweater

Krista said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that sweater!