Wednesday, August 20, 2008

my not-so-shrunken cardigan

Marilyn's Not-So-Shrunken Cardigan is finished...and there's not really much to say about it---which is a good thing! It fits just the way I wanted it to (you gotta love a top-down raglan) and I'm REALLY happy with the color (I may have accidentallyonpurpose purchased turquoise Mary Jane pumps today.) I used just over 5 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in color 09, verdigris, on size 3 and 6 needles. I almost made it with 5 skeins, but I needed to bust into one more for the last ruffle. I also lengthened the body to 13" below the underarm. The only part I'm disappointed with is that I wish the ruffles were more...squiggly. I think I may have crocheted them too tightly and now they sort of look like fins rather than ruffles. But it doesn't bother me too much. Fall can take its time, but when it does get here, I'll be ready! (Cardigan-wise, anyway.)

(Oh yeah, and I got bangs. I'm not so sure it was the right decision, but they're only bangs. They'll grow out.)


Blogger Melissa said...

Ooh, I love this -- the color is fantastic!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Oh, it looks gorgeous! The color is great with your coloring too. (And, the bangs are cute! I'm toying with the idea of bangs myself...)

3:57 PM  
Blogger yaiAnn said...

Love your cardi AND the bangs!

4:20 PM  
Blogger soknitpicky said...

It's beautiful! I'm glad you got action shots. And I think the bangs look great!

4:23 PM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

it looks really cute! and i love the shirt you are wearing underneath too. great outfit.

4:43 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Super pretty. You're making me rethink my generalized ban on all things ruffled.

And I agree:
- the colour looks fantastic with your complexion/hair
-y our bangs look very cute

4:50 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Love the cardi and you def. suit the bangs!

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Kellie said...

Looks great! I've eyed this pattern a number of times, and yours might just make me take the plunge.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're Bangin.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Sarah G said...

Love it! This has been in my Ravelry queue for a while, and I'm going to have to move it up. I love cardigans because they are so useful - they can go with so many outfits. Also, the bangs look good!

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! The colour is gorgeous and it really suits your colouring. I also think your bangs look great (although, being English, I can't quite think of them as anything other than a fringe - sorry!).
Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy wearing it!

5:41 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

The color is absolutely perfect on you -- actually, the sweater is perfect on you. I like the bangs, but yeah, if you don't, they grow out faster than you'd think!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it! It looks flattering on you!!!
Bangs also suits you nicely. Sometimes it's good to make a change.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Now I so badly want to pull out my five skeins of purple Silky Wool and attempt to knit this without needing a 6th. But I know I would fail, you just told me I need 6 and then I would get so mad at it, it would sit in a frog pile with the rest of the sweaters I knit thinking I could do better than so n so. I will listen this time. So thank you for saving me the trouble! A truly pretty knit. I really do like the ruffles so I think I will go get myself that 6th ball and have a go.

5:56 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

Keep in mind that I added a lot of length, the receipt for that 6th skein! :)

6:05 PM  
Blogger sue said...

The cardi is gorgeous. It suits you so well too, and I love the new haircut.

6:31 PM  
Blogger rockbridge said...

your cardigan is perfection! might be the best one i've seen yet - great job!

p.s. the bangs look really great and they're nice and long... so before you know it, you'll be able to tuck them behind the ears. i'm growing some out myself right now ;)

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long time lurker, first time poster:

I love the bangs. The first thing I thought when I saw the post was "OH! Jenna got some cute bangs!"

I also like the sweater. Quite lovely.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Kessa said...

Cute cardigan and bangs!

7:19 PM  
Blogger robyn said...

A great fall cardigan and your bangs look really nice. It might just take a while to get used to them :)

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great sweater- it looks great on you!

8:29 PM  
Anonymous MJ said...

The cardigan looks gorgeous! Now I want to make it too! (and absolutely love the color!)

... and LOVE your bangs!

8:50 PM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

it came out PERFECT, so pretty! the color and fit are right on.
and I love the bangs, I'm sure you'll get use to them soon : )

9:39 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Beautiful, and I especially love that it's a raglan cardi!

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Etoile said...

Very nice! And I loce the color too!

3:23 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

that is super cute!!! i think the ruffles look ok - not overly "ruffly" and the color is sooooo pretty!

love the bangs - I may give in and do the same. it's hair, it will grow if I dont' like it, right?

8:03 AM  
Anonymous carolyn said...

the bangs and the sweater both look great!!!! sweater is a perfect fit. wow! :)

8:17 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

I'm really jealous of that awesome freaking sweater. What a great job!!

9:17 AM  
Blogger seashoreknits said...

totally cute sweater and you've totally inspired me to add it to my queue. great color, great fit - so cute. the bangs rock.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Windansea said...

I love this, and love the color, and now it's in my queue too. Thanks! I think.

10:56 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

i love it! this is one of those patterns where i never really looked at it twice but, now that i've seen you make it, i can totally see the allure!

11:08 AM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

Oh it looks great! I didn't think I was a fan of this pattern, but seeing yours completely changes my mind. I think the front bits are just squiggly enough :)

11:28 AM  
Blogger Smuddpie said...

Jenna, this is so cute on you, but i see what you mean about the ruffles. It looks like this might have shaping on the front like waist darts. Is that the case?

I like the bangs...just decided to do the same thing a couple days ago myself.

12:10 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

The cardigan is perfect! And I think you really suit the bangs.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous ann said...

LOVE the cardigan, and I really dig the bangs. Well done!

1:15 PM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

just chiming in with everyone else!! Great Cardigan! And i love the bangs :-)

4:21 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

What a beautiful color! The cardigan is very flattering, even if it isn't quite as ruffly as you wanted.

The Elsebeth Lavold people really come up with some color winners! The "golden" color of Elin's latest sweater is awesome, too.

5:21 PM  
Blogger iwriteplays said...

I really love the cardigan. And the bangs are great! Then again, I'm biased because I have bangs myself. :)

8:44 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Your whole look is perfect - bangs and all. Great color, length, & ruffles. I'm going to have to go back to this project, now.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Hilary said...

I think the ruffles look lovely! And I agree with Susan -- the whole look is awesome. Love the bangs!

4:32 PM  
Blogger Yarn It said...

I love it! The color and fit - it is all great. I actually the ruffles. And I think the bangs are very flattering - they just take a bit of getting use to.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I like this a lot. I love the fit of yours and you are right, it will be perfect for fall.

5:32 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

i LOVE how this came out. it's freakin' beautiful! it fits you perfectly too!

i like the bangs too. mine have just reached chin length, and i've been thinking about chopping them all week.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

it's soooo cute!! and the color is great. you'll be fab for fall.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

This is really adorable on you!

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the bangs. They go well with your new super cute cardigan!! The color is FABULOUS on you. Great job

11:08 AM  
Blogger erin michelle said...

jesus so i will be the forty-seventh person to tell you that i love your sweater (open AND closed) and your hair but i'm probably the only person who is ever going to tell you i want to punch you, you are just that cute. you think i could make a cute cardigan out of like ten balls of wool-ease thick-n-quick?!!!

3:13 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

I love your cardigan - the colour is awesome!

2:50 PM  
Anonymous joanne said...

I love the cardigan and the color you chose looks great on the bangs also.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous meg said...

The bangs look great! I love the ruffles on the cardi.

1:44 PM  
Blogger bjl said...

cute cute cute. :)

12:43 PM  

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