FO: Garnet

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It’s done! And I got a bunch of outdoors photographs 🙂 I seriously worked my BUTT off to get these pictures!

First I spent 40 minutes walking to and from the park to realize I had forgotten my memory card at home. URGH. So I walk allll the way back. Then it’s either ridiculously cloudy or ridiculously sunny all the time. Did I mention I don’t have a tripod? I was setting my camera wherever I could think of…benches, trees, on the ground, on old stumps, etc. Then there was the issue of having the camera focus on what I wanted it to while I was not actually in the frame yet. Let me just tell you this whole ordeal took me about 3 hours!!!

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I think it was worth it though. These are a couple of bench set photos.

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This one involved setting my camera on top of my purse on the ground and then wiggling away from it for the shot.

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This top is just awesome though (if i do say so myself). I am in love with it. I love the color, I love the texture of the fabric, I love the fit, the look, everything!!!

I think you all know the pattern by now, it’s Kessa’s Lapis! This is a pattern for a beautiful summer top that you can wear out and about or to the office. I would probably wear it like so:

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Minus the jeans. I love you guys but there was no way I was changing pants along the parkway with cars and busses and bikers and walkers passing me all the time 😉

This is a great pattern because at the beginning it has a lot of interest and a very cool construction but eventually you get to move straight into plain stockinette. The directions are very well written and any questions that came up, the schematic pretty much solved right away! I am NOT a crocheter and had no problem doing the crochet required for this knit. I had a lot of fun knitting this 🙂 It was quick too! Under a month from start to finish.

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back/side views

Let me give you some stats in case you are curious, and also feel free to check out the project page on ravelry:

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The Yarn is Elann.com’s Soie Bambou. This is the first yarn I have pruchased from elann and it is really good actually! They have incredibly reasonable prices too. a 227gm cone was 28 bucks!!! It is a 60% silk 40% bamboo blend. So far i have not experienced any unwanted stretching! I used 2 cones…but only 30 of 227gms of the second cone. Needless to say I have TONS left.

The needles were size 000 addi turbos lace needles and size 5 knitpicks harmonies. The seed stitch was a bit difficult at first on such small needles but i got used to it pretty quickly.

The notes can be found on my project page. I hardly altered anything at all!

The buttons are still MIA! Although they have been shipped, and if you are curious, these are them.

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overall, I’m in love! My boyfriend says it looks sexy so i think that’s a good sign. A friend I showed it to (who has “no patience” for knitting) told me she couldn’t even tell it was knit! So I think its a win. This thing is awesome. I’m really proud to have 2 full sized garment under my belt now!

Go check out Kessa’s Lapis Pattern now!

And everyone else’s FO’s at Tami’s too of course. today she is showing off soooo much yarn, jealous! I just ordered a skein from her though…woohoo!

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19 thoughts on “FO: Garnet

  1. OK, before I tell you again how awesome this top is (and oh boy it is), can I just say how insanely jealous I am of your self-portrait skills! As you will be aware from our blog, I am incapable of taking a flattering self-portrait, and it is a small miracle when I manage to get a shot of myself looking at least sane – these photos are GORGEOUS! ……and the top is still awesome! I am half tempted to make one now, which is more of a compliment than you may think, as that top is far sexier than anything I own or usually wear! Well done, its fab fab fab.

    • hahahaha wow thank you SO much! You have no idea how ridiculous I felt taking these photos of myself…I was along the parkway so I’m sure you know there’s tons of foot traffic. I think I’m lucky to have taken some photography classes in highschool and I have a nice DSLR camera that sits by itself where I put it! I understand your struggles completely. Trust me there’s way more that I didn’t post that are RIDICULOUS! I think it’s sexy but in an understated way. There’s no major skin being shown! I bet it would look really good on yooooou 🙂 thanks so much again for your kind comment 🙂

  2. I feel your self portrait woes! The last time I did self portraits, for my 2nd raglan T knocked over my tripod and broke my lens *sigh* I have a big lens too but now its impossible to get self portraits with it.
    Your top is gorgeous and the red is perfect. I’m still trying to find yarn for mine.

    • Oh my gosh that is horrible! I would cry if that happened I think. So sad 😦
      Thank you! Good luck! I can’t wait to see more versions. Plus I want another one so I will be paying attention to what you and others choose 😛

  3. It’s a fabulous top and you’re totally rocking it in your photos. Well done!
    The yarn DOES sound like a deal but I’m always nervous about ordering online in case the colour isn’t exactly what I’m expecting!

  4. What a nice knit! I like the colour, it works well with the pattern!

    Also, I admire your determination, and it paid of: the pictures are great!

  5. Those photos are amazing! I love how brave you are, taking the timer shots at the park. We knitters do wonderfully crazy things. I will whip out my camera and take a self-shot basically anywhere if I need a pic of a hand-knit I’m wearing. Anyway, the top looks amazing on you and I love the colour, too!

    • Haha it’s so true! I don’t think I would EVER have the balls to do that but for the love of knitting…I mean…people do crazy things! I even got a comment or two :/ Thank you 🙂

  6. I agree with everyone else: The pictures are fab and that top looks really good on you. (: I feel your woes about taking pictures with a timer.. I take mine myself with a timer all the time and it got easier once I have a system down. There isn’t any way to control the weather conditions, though, so I do mine indoors. Congratulations on knitting such a pretty top!

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