Friday, 9 September 2011

Fo Friday #8

Although this week has been pretty rubbish health wise I am so happy that today I can show you my first proper knitted piece of clothing! I actually got it finished at the weekend and in the post to my gorgeous niece, Eva on Monday, which is just as well or asthma would really have messed things up. So without further ado here it is
The arm is actually straight its just how it's sitting.

I wont lie I did have a bit of a problem with the picking up stitches. The first part (the collar) went beautifully,  no problems and I used a crochet hook to pick up the stitches to put onto my needle and I really think that helped. The first side also went beautifully and again no problems, but I tell you that last side was a nightmare. I couldn't get the unsightly seem to be on the inside, it didn't matter with way I turned the cardigan the seem always came up on the right side. The more times it went wrong the more frustrated I got which as you can imagine really helped. In the end I had to come away and leave it for a couple of hours as I was worried that in my temper I would ruin it. As it happened the time away really helped and when I went back to it I got it right first time!

Above is a close up of the neck and buttons. I was really pleased with the buttons. Not sure if you can see them clearly but they are cats. One of Eva's first words was Cat, she loves them, including our cat Phoebe (as you can imagine Phoebe is less fond of Eva!!) In fact I bought the buttons first and then the yarn, sometimes it just works better that way, don't you think?

So my final photo today is of gorgeous Eva and her cardigan, I received this photo yesterday morning, to let me know it had arrived and fit perfectly, which was my other huge worry all the way through knitting this. Am I alone in this or do you worry about the fit of projects too? Anyway as you can see it fits fine and I think Eva was pretty pleased with her cardigan! What a little poser!
 I also wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing response and support I received last week for my idea about knitted Christmas cards. I am definitely going to do this, I am in production as we speak! Look out for further updates nearer October!

Well I'm off to check out Tami's blog and see other Fo's!
I will also be linking this post with the following parties:
Friday - Creative Friday
             Fiber Arts Friday
Saturday - Weekend Wrapup
                Weekend Blog Hop
                Show and Tell Saturday
                Lovely Crafty Weekend
                Link Your Stuff
                Strut Your Stuff
Sunday - Strut Your Stuff
               Sunday Showcase Party
               Think Pink
               Homemaker on a dime
               Linky Party Sunday
               Say Hi Sunday
               The Sundae Hop
Monday - Motivate Me
                Craft
                Inspire Me
                I made it
                Handmade Monday
Tuesday - Tuesday Timeout
                Topsy Turvy Tuesday
                One Project at a Time
                Handemade Tuesday
                Too Cute Tuesday

56 comments:

  1. It looks great :) Those buttons are so cute with the pink yarn, and I love the last picture, very modelesque!

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  2. That cardigan looks very cute, and such a bright colour of pink! Thank you for listing all the links, more things for me to look through...I like being very involved.

    I am going to follow your blog, as its very interesting to read and see all the lovely stuff you post!

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  3. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. One lucky little girl.

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  4. Oh how adorable...and it fits her perfectly!! Well done!!!

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  5. It looks great! Your niece looks super adorable in it too. I think the buttons are fabulous. Doesn't it feel wonderful to know that you created something that will be used and loved?

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  6. Such a sweet sweater/child combo. You did a great job on the sweater and I love the color. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  7. How cute!! Glad you persevered and got through the pick up It will come easier with each attempt. Now, a you sized sweater???

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  8. Eva looks like one happy camper in her cute cardi, shes lucky to have a clever aunt

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  9. I'm in love with this cardigan---I want one in my size! The colour and shape are just wonderful, and those buttons make my cat-loving heart happy, as does the amaaaazing photo of Eva wearing her gorgeous FO. :D You deserve to be super proud and pleased with this project.

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  10. She's soo cute. Congrats even with being sick you managed to keep your cool and produce something really spectacular.

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  11. The sweater is adorable, I love the color and your niece is such a cutie, she's having her movie star moment, love the sunglasses!

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  12. That's beautiful, well done you!

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  13. Lovely sweater and the buttons are perfect. It looks so cute on.

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  14. Your picked up stitches look great! That's something I always have trouble with too.

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  15. Love that cute little pink sweater!

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  16. It's gorgeous and she looks adorable in it. What a great color on her! You should be so proud of it.

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  17. Thank you for visiting my blog. The sweater and the model are both lovely!

    After knitting many garments, I still worry about fit until I try them on. It comes with the territory ;-)

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  18. That sweater looks perfect and your niece is adorable. I love the little cats.

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  19. The cardigan is gorgeous! I really love the buttons and it looks like Eva loves it too :D

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  20. Thanks for visiting me over at we bloom here... so glad you liked my knitted bunnies. I'm SURE your niece and nephew would love the bunnies (and the bunnies were so fast and easy to make!

    Cheers!
    MB

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  21. Eva looks pleased as punch with her new cardi . It looks wonderful on her . Nice job !

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  22. Your sweater is adorable as well as your niece. I think it was good idea to pick the buttons before the yarn. It seems it really hard to find cute buttons and you can always find lots of yarn choices.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!

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  23. Super job! I think it is so cute and love the pink.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment.
    I'll be back again soon for a visit.

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  24. Ok, so where is the too-cute-my-monitor-is-going-to-explode button????!!! Love the buttons, love the fit, and love the glasses.

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  25. I love it - she's adorable! I seem to always have a difficult time picking up stitches too, but you're right - time away always works best!

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  26. Awww, she looks adorable in it and you did a super job!

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  27. eva's beautiful & I'm sure she'll get lots of happy wearing out of that lovely pink sweater. the buttons are perfect!

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  28. I fret myself silly about stuff fitting, particularly children...they grow so fast! It's a beautiful cardigan, and your niece looks delighted with it.

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  29. I am always worried about the fit and whether the recipient will like what I've made.

    It looks like you've hit both spot on. :-)

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  30. It is really cute and it looks like your neice loves it. I tend to go for a bit too big for babies and children (warning, about to sound like my mother here) because if it is too big the sleeves can be rolled back and they will grow into it. Too small is much more frustrating
    Hope you are feeling better

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  31. Very nice, I love the colour too.

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  32. what a cutie Eva looks in her lovely new cardigan, well done on the stitches. bee x

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  33. Oh that looks really cute! I wish I could knit well. All I can do is a straight scarf!

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  34. What a cute sweater! Your daughter looks adorable!

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  35. Looks great!! As a fellow knitter I totally relate to the "I better come back to this later before I rip out everything!" feeling!

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  36. Hi Sam, I just happened across your blog. I am not a knitter but would love to learn. The sweater is so cute! Feel free to link up any of your creative projects & come visit. I have a link up going on now. Happy Creating!

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  37. How adorable is that picture?

    Dropping in from the Sundae Hop

    Greta
    How Was Your Day

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  38. Ha this is super cute! Wish I knew how to knit...Great blog, am a new follower :).

    http://marleeindebt.blogspot.com

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  39. Hello, I'm a new gfc follower of your blog from "Say Hi Sunday":)
    http://www.savingwithsaveone.blogspot.com

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  40. Oh my, your wee cardigan is wonderful. I hate picking up stitches, always have, probably always will. I also worry about size, but I'm gaining confidence as I go along! You should be proud of yourself, that's a job really well done!

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  41. Well done lovely little cardy. I always find it pays to walk away from something that isn't working, clears your head and allows you to think logically, it certainly worked in your case. Bet you're a favourite auntie now!

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  42. Wow - what a lot of time and energy and love that has gone into that cardigan! I love the buttons :) Well done you!

    Lucy (Handmade Monday - Moseley's Giftware)

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  43. Great to see the cardigan being worn by its recipient.

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  44. Aww so sweet, and what a beautiful little girl too.
    Keep up your brilliant work darl xxx

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  45. Lovely cardigan and beautifully modelled!

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  46. Well done on the cardigan, sometimes you need to walk away as agree could end up the other side of the room.

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  47. It is beautiful, lovely colour and as a great cat-lover, the buttons are gorgeous.

    Jill

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  48. What beautiful work! Just charming! My sister knits and I've always been a little envious of her skill. She also spins on a wheel I gave her when I admitted to myself I was never going to bother to learn to spin. Drat, you have an amazing talent! That sweater is beautiful.

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  49. Wow it looks amazing! and such a lovely photo to see at the end of your post! I love the buttons too :o)

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  50. Great knitting. Love the colour It alwayts seams to help to give a problem a break. You can very often then see where the problem lies 1st off. I do it with everything. Your knitted cards sound intriging. I have just made a birthday card for my sister and incorporated a strip of knitting onto it. Hugs Mrs A.

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  51. Hi Sam, I am working through your list of things you have joined. I like joining in on things so thanks for posting these links. Hope you are feeling better with the asthma bee x

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  52. Very lovely sweater. Great for the coming winter months. Well done.

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  53. Very cute cardi and model! Lovely colour!
    Jo x

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  54. Hopping along, trying to catch up on my Sunday Blog Hops still! Do you visit everyone on your lists or how do you handle it? Please follow back @ http://www.pargasjunkyard.wordpress.com and/or on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/PargasJunkyard

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  55. WOw Being that this was your first I cant believe how great it came out?!?!!
    Im trying to teach myself how to knit and it frustrates me lol
    -Barbie
    http://lovinlifebarbie.blogspot.com/

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  56. I so wish I knew how to knit! That it just too cute! I am following you from the Made It Monday blog hop. Hope you can stop by http://www.pinkpoodlebows.blogspot.com

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