Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bunny Yarn!

"What yarn?" That's what everyone wants to know. Well, it's bunny yarn. It even has bunnies on the label. How could I resist such temptation? Even Cleo can't resist the bunny yarn.

Die, bunny, die!Cleo takes a big bite of bunny yarn and shakes it to kill as if it were an actual bunny. Notice that Cleo's ear and the ball of yarn in her mouth are slightly blurry. I caught her just as she was going in for the kill. Naturally, the yarn was immediately taken away from her.

But I digress. The yarn is Angora Extra by KFI in a lovely dark red color. I was sorting through my sweaters (handknit and store bought) and I noticed that I had only one red sweater and a plethora of pink sweaters. How odd. Red is actually my favorite color, yet I haven't knit with it very much. Perhaps I have been trying too hard not to knit with red. So to make up for it, I decided to make a truly luscious red sweater.

Here's the back of my sweater lightly blocked. (Color is not even close to correct in this photo.) Although I spent much time swatching and doing calculations, I was still thrilled out of my little mind that the piece blocked to the correct measurements. Trust the math, Laura. It won't fail you.

Scarlet Leaves

So, this is your first real look at the design that's in my mind. What do you think? Is the lace and stockinette a bad combination? (There is a long story as to why I designed it like this, but that doesn't mean that it was a good idea in the end.) Be honest! I truly want to know before I start knitting the front.

22 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

It looks gorgeous! Are you planning on doing a similar stitch for the trimming around the neck area? That would balance out the stockinette. Nice work!

zibibbo said...

It's' lovely. Honestly! What are you planning for the front? Pullover? Cardi? Looking forward to the FO!

D said...

Love it and I like the lace on the bottom for 3 reasons:
1. bra won't show through
2. Pant color may which may be a coordination bonus :)
3. a little sexy goes a LONG way
4. just wondering if I hit upon any of your reasons....lol

Great job, can't wait to see the whole enchilada!

rincaro said...

Wow. It's beautiful. And I think the lace works up into the stockinette just beautifully!

Ruth said...

I think it's a great combination ... how do you see the rest of it?

Trillian42 said...

GORGEOUS! Definitely like the lace and stockinette combo. I am anxious to see what you do with the rest of it.

And, you know, when you put the pattern out there for the rest of us. =)

goodkarma said...

Oh, I like it. It reminds me of something I might find in a Jaeger book. I like that the lace is only below the bustline... so the bra won't show through. I can only imagine how fluffy and soft your bunny sweater feels! Can't wait to see more.

amylovie said...

I think the two look great together.


Yum...angora...one of my favorite fibers, and your cat's too apparently.

Amy

erin said...

This is a lovely combination of lace and stokinette, quite often seen in Japanese patterns. It is a pretty shade of red.

Mamid said...

gorgeous. just gorgeous. I love the lace.

Jessi said...

I like it. The color isn't really my taste, but that's just me--I think on the right person it would look really nice. The stitch is lovely though. Great work! :-)

Jennifer said...

I like it! I'm wondering if what you have planned for the front? The back doesn't look like you added shaping? I'm just wondering because if you are planning a cardi, that would look quite nice. I'm wondering how the front would hang if both front and back are the same. I really like the leaf lace though. Very pretty. And you wouldn't want to have lace up top for modesty reasons.

Laura said...

I like the combination of the lace and stockinette too, for all the reasons Tesoro mentioned. It's really gorgeous, I can't wait to see the rest!

BTW, I took your advice, and I'm not really trying to finish Kepler by Thursday. You're right, it takes all the fun out of knitting to give yourself a stupid deadline.

Pumpkinmama said...

I really like it. I think the lace bottom and stockingette top look quite nice. Keep it up!

Alison said...

I think it's beautiful!

shetha said...

I love it!!!! In fact, why don't you post the gauge so I can start swatching now. I want to find the perfect yarn for when I make mine :D

Keep up the good work, I knew you could do it!!! Sleeves will be similar, right? With the lace on the lower half?

Robin said...

I want to knit one now, too!!

GretchenX said...

I'm FREEZING in the office today, so the idea of angora ANYTHING sounds lovely!! And, it's pretty, too! Glad Cleo didn't kill the yarn!

amanda said...

looks great! are you planning a cardi for the front? can't wait to see the fo! do you plan to put any of the lace motif on the sleeves or front pieces for balance?

Lisa said...

I hope you're taking lots of notes... I would love to see you submit the pattern to Knitty! (If you're up for calculating the various sizes, of course.)

Kate said...

It looks absolutely beautiful- lace is so nice in fuzzy yarns like angora. Can't wait to see the rest!

Ingrid said...

I like it. You need a bit 'O lace with angora because it is such a warm yarn.