Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Forest of Stitches

Imagine a sweater that perfectly captures the beauty of a dense forest. In the midst of this forest the light filters through the trees, playing tricks on your eyes. Colour and shape reverse themselves, and the result is breathtaking. This is, perhaps, the most beautiful sweater I have ever knit. Meet Boreal, another brilliant design by Kate Davies.


I love the yarn - City Tweed, a lovely, soft mix of merino wool and alpaca.


I love the way the tweed gives the impression of gently falling snow. 


Most of all, I love the mirror images of the trees and snowflakes. 


It is almost enough to make me wish the cold weather would last just a bit longer so I could wear it. But then again, Fergus is at the stage where he is chewing up anything that gets near his mouth, so perhaps it is just as well that it will remain safely tucked away until next winter!

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    1. Julie - the comment below was meant to be a reply to you!

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  2. Thanks! I love it too, and can't wait to be able to wear it. The alpaca makes it far too warm for this time of the year though. It is definitely a "deep winter" kind of sweater.

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  3. AH! FERGUS! HE is so adorable (KISS KISS KISS)!

    I have been wanting to knit this pattern! You Boreal looks INCREDIBLE! I really like these colors together! I was thinking about doing khaki/red(ish)...but now I'm reconsidering.

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    1. I think this sweater would be very pretty in a red/khaki combination. Have you looked through the finished projects pages on Ravelry? There are some very nice colours, ones that I would never have thought of on my own. Just be aware if you knit the sweater that the arms are a bit on the small side. Have fun knitting it! What brand of yarn are you thinking of using?

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  4. wow, that's a stunning sweater!! you've been a busy knitter -- it's just gorgeous. i love the tweed, such a perfect yarn for that beautiful pattern. great job, kristie!

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    1. Well, I haven't been as busy knitting as I would like to be. This puppy is like a black hole - he somehow manages to consume what used to be my prime knitting time. Not that I'm complaining! I had originally planned to have the sweater done by the end of January so I could wear it this winter. This wouldn't be the first time my grandiose plans have had to be adjusted to reality. :-)

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  5. Linda says, "What a beautiful sweater! But that Fergus...makes me want one myself."

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    1. The breeder has another litter that will be ready to go in a few weeks (different set of parents of course!). Let me know and I can send you the contact info. :-) For many years I felt the same way every time I saw a Westie. They are irresistible.

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  6. Beautiful sweater, fabulous fit, great knit! Kudos!

    Fergus is the perfect accessory, ;)

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    1. Ha! Yes, I think from now on I am going to have to pick all of my knitting projects based on what goes well with Fergus instead of what might look okay on me.

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  7. Wow, it's absolutely beautiful! Wear it with pride!

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    1. Triona, the comment below is for you. This is the second time today I have had a reply show up in the wrong place. I am not sure if it is Blogger or if it is me.

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  8. Thank you! All the credit goes to Kate Davies. She really is a genius. Her designs are that magic combination of being both well-written and beautiful.

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    1. Thanks! How is the black sweater coming along?

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    1. Thanks. I was nervous about the colours. Sometimes the way they look on a computer monitor and how they look in real life are very different, but in this instance it turned out okay. :-)

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  11. What a gorgeous sweater! I have that patterned queued and I'm planning to make it later this year. I've knit with City Tweed and it's heavenly. I bet that sweater is even more amazing in person!

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    1. I think there are a lot of knitters with this sweater in their queue. You will really enjoy knitting it! And yes, City Tweed is a terrific yarn. I had knit my oldest daughter a sweater with it a couple years ago so knew it would work. I was just not sure about the colours, but they turned out fine.

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  12. Wow, it's beautiful! I have to admit when the pattern was released, it didn't grab me but I love the way it looks on you. Time to rethink! Lovely job and great colors!

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    1. Thank you! If you are thinking about knitting it be sure to go through the Ravelry projects page. There are lots of ideas for colour variations there!

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  13. Gorgeous! I've wanted to make this one since the day it was released. Yours looks great.

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    1. Thanks! I was just like you. The day it came out I took one look at it and knew I would be knitting it. What yarn are you thinking of using?

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    2. I haven't even thought that far yet. I've never done colorwork before, so I definitely need to get a few pairs of mittens or something else small under my belt first, but someday...someday...

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    3. A hat would be a good place to start for your first colour work. But some knitters dive right in and make a sweater their first project!

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  14. Beautiful! The tweed is perfect for it :)

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    1. Thank you! The original sweater did not use a tweed yarn, so I wasn't sure it would work, but it did! I loved how it ended up looking like falling snow.

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  15. I love this so much! Beautifully done, Kristie!

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  16. Brilliant choice of colours there, Kristie. That's a great fit too.

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    1. I was really worried about the fit. I had a false start with the sweater. I knit about 6", and in spite of the fact I had done a gauge swatch it was way too big. With this second attempt I was worried it was going to be too small. Had it been it would have gone to my youngest daughter, but I really, really wanted this sweater for me. I was happy when it fit!

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  17. The sweater is too beautiful to wear, especially since you made it with your own hands. I can picture a future granddaughter treasuring it. I'm not a person who buys or keeps things just to have them, but I see so much sentimental value in the sweater.

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    1. I wish I could be a generous enough person to save this for future generations, but I like it too much to be that unselfish! :-) But you will notice I am not wearing it until next winter when Fergus is past the teething stage.

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  18. Wow Kristie, it's beautiful! Perfect yarn choices and perfect execution. Tell that darling naughty pup, in no uncertain terms, not to lay a tooth on it!

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    1. Yes, he has been warned off. The trouble is he has no respect for hand knitted items and would chew it to pieces given half a chance. Maybe it is just as well I didn't finish it until now. I won't be tempted to wear it until next winter, and by then Fergus will have grown up and settled down quite a bit. I hope...

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  19. That is a beautiful sweater!

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    1. Thanks Hege! Maybe my next project should be some Selbu mittens. I don't think I would ever attempt gloves though. The ones you knit are amazing!

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  21. I loved this design when I first saw it...and yours is really beautiful! Glad to hear how much you liked City Tweed...not sure I've seen anyone knit with it yet and I've been curious! And I agree...thought not written for tweed, I love the look you got with it!

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  22. City Tweed is a very nice yarn. It also used to be quite a bargain, but Knit Picks put their prices up recently and sadly it isn't such a great deal in terms of price now. But I would say it is still worth buying. It is very soft and holds up well over time. My oldest daughter has a sweater I knit her out of City Tweed two years ago and it still looks terrific.

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  23. Hi Kristie! Just trying to catch up on blog reading and I have to say I LOVE your version of this sweater. I've told myself I don't want to do colorwork anymore but this might have to go in my Ravelry queue anyway....beautiful.
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    1. Thanks Kim! The sweater is such a nice pattern it might be worth doing even if you aren't fond of knitting colour work. The finished product might make it worth the effort!

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  24. I can't believe I didn't before say how beautiful this is. .. and the tweed is gorgeous. I just wish we would have acces to tweed (and/or knitpicks) around here.

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