Monday, February 23, 2015

Bluebells vs. Dumbbells

It's such a great feeling to finish a major knitting project. The minute I saw Kate's blog post about Bluebells, one of the sweaters featured in her new book Yokes, I knew I would be knitting it. I loved everything about it. The colours were perfect for me, which basically means there wasn't a hint of yellow in it. Plus I loved Kate's representation of the wild bluebells found in her native Scotland in the springtime.

I enthusiastically cast on January 1st, and in no time at all finished the ribbing and was ready to start the bottom band of colourwork. I was a little surprised when I looked at the chart and saw it was calling for a shade of blue other than the main colour. I didn't recall seeing another shade of blue in my bag of yarn from Jamieson & Smith. I went upstairs to my craft closet, hoping I hadn't made a mistake when I ordered.

As soon as I saw the bag I realized what had happened. I had indeed ordered the correct yarn. What I hadn't done was look at what I was grabbing when I pulled a ball of blue yarn out of the package and cast on. I had just knit 8 rounds of twisted rib in the contrast colour meant to be the bluebells. Fergus sits next to me when I knit. I'm afraid he heard a few bad words.

The rest of the knitting went well until I got to the end of the colourwork in the yoke. Then, unbelievably, I made the same mistake. Instead of switching to the main colour of blue I kept knitting in the contrast colour. As you can see in this picture, the two shades of blue are fairly similar, and I knit in low light in the evening. Which hopefully means I'm not a complete moron.


Fergus heard a few more bad words and I decided that the sweater should be renamed Dumbbells.

Ravelry details here

In spite of all the self-induced trauma, I have to say I love this sweater.


I changed the shaping and length a bit, and it ended up being the perfect fit.


There's a small part of me that is actually hoping for a return of winter so I can wear it. Which no doubt really does make me a dumbbell.

*Edited to say that I did rip back my knitting and fix my mistakes.

46 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous and I love the colour. x

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  2. I love that sweater, the colour, the pattern and it fits perfect for you. take care Jaana

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  3. Love it! It looks so pretty and looks really good on you - and you look very nice in it too! Good all round and no dumbbells at all from where I am looking!! I hope that Fergus has recovered from the stress - and you too! xx

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  4. The return of winter? Really? Tell me you are just teasing....it is truly lovely.

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  5. I wrote a long comment and it was eaten! Anyway, all very pretty - colour, you, the bluebells, the lot!! xx

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  6. I've made similar mistakes while knitting in low light. It's a dangerous thing. The sweater is beautiful and the fit looks wonderful.

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  7. That is a very beautiful jumper, the colours are lovely and the flower design is so pretty.

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  8. Love your sweater and it fits you perfectly and looks lovely on you as well, congrats on such a beautiful knit.

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  9. Had you not mentioned it i would have remained ignorant...and it looks superb. I love the design.

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  10. That is a sweater to love. Eight rounds isn't so bad and it's not like you knit them in green! The two blues are very close even in outdoor lighting, so no Dumbbells.

    PS - Isn't it nice that Fergus can't repeat those words in kindergarten??? :)

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  11. Just gorgeous! It fits so nicely. Would you share your shaping modifications?

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  12. Kristie I love your sweater!!!! It's just perfect and it looks amazing on you! I am green with envy! Hey I make "alterations" like that all the time but think of them of design modifications or features. It just so nice on you and the colours are beautiful. I don't think we are out of winter yet. It gets chilly when it's damp at the Coast so I bet you get lots of wear out of it this Spring. You will have to get some fashion pics in Beacon Hill Park next time you are over there. Sadly I have no reason to travel to the Island now , but maybe we will go just cuz!

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  13. Kristie, I love the sweater, too. And I can't see any differentiation in the blues, so I would never have known any difference. Let's just hope Fergus doesn't share his new words when Lucy is there!

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  14. What a beautiful sweater. I love everything about it - the shape and fit, the colors, the yoke pattern. It looks really nice on you, wear it well.

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  15. Ooohhh, I love it! Man, I have got to figure out colorwork one of these days. It looks like so much fun!

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  16. Wow, it's a knockout, and a perfect fit too. I like that twisted rib - it reminds me a bit of brioche. Those are definitely your colours, and what a very beautiful colourwork pattern.

    Did you say "hoping for a return of winter"? You mean winter has left you already? Must be nice.... :)

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  17. That is such a pretty sweater, Kristie and it suits you to a T. Spring may have arrived here on the coast (or at least it seems it has) but we will still get those chilly days when this will be perfect.

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  18. Lovely colours. I'm also someone who doesn't like to wear yellow. I like your new blog banner. That snowman deserved a rest. We haven't had much snow in London this year, but the cold has been bone-chilling. Roll on spring.

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  19. Beautiful, beautiful sweater... I have the pattern in my queue as well.
    Dumb or not, it suits you perfecty.

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  20. Oh, what a beautiful sweater Kristie, and the colour suits you so well. I'm sure you will get plenty of wear from such a lovely piece.

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  21. What a lovely sweater and the colours are beautiful. It suits you very well. P x

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  22. It's very pretty, I've read about the book before so am definitely going to buy it now! xx

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  23. Lovely sweater. I'm not surprised that Kate Davies has featured it on her blog!

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  24. A lovely jumper and when winter comes around at the end of the year you will be ready and waiting.

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  25. Beautiful, Kristie! I was so happy to see it featured in Kate's blog today.....so interesting for me when one "blog friend" crosses over with another!

    Barbara M. In NH

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  26. It's so green where you are. And warm enough to be outside in a sweater. It is very, very white here and that lovely sweater would be covered up with a puffy coat.

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  27. This is such a beautiful jumper Kristie, I quite like one for myself if you don't mind. You are being too hard on yourself, the two blues are terribly similar and I bet I would make the same mistake, too. I would be too lazy to correct it though so well done you! x

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  28. Lovely work, Kristie! It looks great on you!

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  29. Beautiful - think the bluebells of Kate Davies is my favourite one too - the colours look good on you :)

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  30. I wouldn't have noticed the wrong colour had been used! It's such a beautiful colour and looks lovely. Sarah x

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  31. A really fabulous sweater, your work is beautiful and it suits you perfectly.

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  32. Gorgeous, the colour on you is so good. The fit looks perfect and I like the neckline, well done

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  33. No matter what, it looks lovely, and perfect on you! Wonderful job!

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  34. A wonderful and amusing story which makes all the rest of us who have done things Just Like That feel so much better. The fact you did it twice just makes me like you even more!! The sweater is a beauty.

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  35. Wow, what a beautiful jumper! You clever thing :)

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  36. I love your sweater and I think the fit is spot on perfect! I was drawn to this color/design as well. I am sure I will be knitting one in the future.

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  37. What a gorgeous sweater. Being another who can't wear yellow, I really love that shade of blue. How annoying about the mistakes. I too would have had to pull back and re-knit.

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  38. I missed this post somehow.

    It's a gorgeous sweater, and the colour and shape suit you so well :)

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  39. Lovely sweater, I like it! The color is so pretty. The first picture in your last post is amazing what a beautiful view! Also when you get to watch Wolf hall I'm sure you'll like it, I have not read the book though. Has it started there yet? Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  40. You are no dumbbell my friend, you are brilliant and so is your gorgeous sweater. It fits you perfectly! i love it and you did a fantastic job with it.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  41. Never call yourself derogatory names. A simple mistake, but I'm glad to hear that you changed the yarn back to the original colour ... your sweater is beee-u-ti-ful!! That shade of blue looks wonderful on you, and I love the colourwork details. I was knitting last night on a suddenly annoying project that I just can't seem to finish without making mistake after mistake. I had just wound a new ball of yarn as I was almost finished the previous ball, but after knitting happily along for two more rows, the yarn ran out about 4 stitches from the end. My careful planning of preparing the new ball, and I still ended up knitting with the last little straggle of yarn from the previous ball without noticing. Silly and most annoying. I left it to unknit this morning ;)
    Wendy

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  42. This sweater suits you well, very well ! it's a perfect job !!!

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