Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A Crack In The Fortress of Solitude

While I'm still working on realigning my chakras and finding my centering, creative muse, I thought I'd do a brief picture share. After all, you guys really pitched in to make the final product decision possible, and I thank you.

Ten day old Luxy Rae cooed this evening when presented with her very own "Flower Power" kimono:

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Details, details:
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Pattern: Debbie Bliss' Special Knits
Yarn: 350 yards Catalina Baby Pima alpaca / cotton blend
Needles: size 5 and 6 (US)

With the exception of the reverse-engineered sleeves, there were very few modifications. Since this was not a fitted sleeve cap, I picked up the stitches around the arm hole and knit each sleeve from the top down on two Addi circulars. I made sure to include the paired decreases just as if they'd been knit from the mustard border on up.

The other minor change had to do with the embroidery. I opted for French knots as anchor points (4 mustard corners and green center) for each flower, instead of the chain stitch specified in the pattern.

(Loudspeaker in the distance interrupts: "Clean up broken glass in aisle 2. Now, people!")
That's me. Gotta go.

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Blogger Sister Madness said...

'Tis lovely... I'm glad you poked your head out of your hole to share. (Could this be a harbinger of things to come? Six more weeks of fiber arts?)

And... embiggen. HA! Love it.

Keep pluggin', sunshine.

12/27/2006 08:46:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy DG said...

Oh my! The embroidery detail is perfect. Beautiful!!!!

12/27/2006 09:32:00 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

The baby kimono is beautiful. Glad to see you back on. Happy New Year!

12/28/2006 04:35:00 AM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

Beautiful! I'm with Sis M, glad you poked your head up to say hi and show off the finished product!

12/28/2006 08:52:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Magnificent! I love it, so very, very lovely. Glad you surfaced to share with us.

12/28/2006 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

I'm so happy that you surfaced to share. The kimono is darling! I think your embroidery is just superb. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that you have a prosperous new year.

12/28/2006 03:41:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Oh my heart went pitter patter, it's so beautiful!

1/01/2007 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

This is just adorable! I do so wish my daughter was expecting a girl. Okay, I'll get over it. But thisis still really cute. And I love the embroidery. Here's to a better new year than the old year.

1/02/2007 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

SO cute! Nice work, love the embroidery you chose.

1/02/2007 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger Wendi said...

That's beautiful! I agree with Opal, the embroidery accents are divine.

1/08/2007 05:39:00 PM  

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