Thursday, November 02, 2006

Gardenia twin set

My Gardenia is finally an FO with all the loosen treads sewn in. Such a relieve, one less wip to hide and worry. For the past few days, I have been waiting for a nice sunny day but as the week went by the weather was getting worse and worse with dark clouds and rain. I attempted for a picture section yesterday morning but none of the photos were clear enough. Actually, the background was nice and clear in the photo except my FO. Unable to post them, I decided to take some indoor pictures at night and it turn out to be much better. Though I still don't enjoy much to have my curtains as a background. My younger son took the photos and he made sure you all could see my Gardenia top as he left out pretty much the rest of me. :)

Couple days ago,I wasn't very thrilled with Gardenia . The sides looked big , even blocking didn't help the cardi to stretch down. It could be the way the body was constructed as the back and front parts were knitted as one piece. Also, wearing them as set could be another factor. Perhaps I will have to wear the set separately or just to be more realistic, loose some weight! Now giving another try, buttoned up seems to make me look slimmer. Talking about buttons, I wonder if shell ones would give a modern lift to this cardi.
Well, looking from an angle it's not so bad. And with second thoughts, I am starting to like it with all the imperfections. After all, it was an elaborated design ( for me) with all those difficult crochet steps. Even if I don't get to wear it often, this FO will be nice to just look at and pat. ;)Since this is a "reunion of the twin set" ( borrowing the words from Peggy of kneurotic knitter), it deserves a photo .
And now the formal FO picture,

Pattern: World Knitting Spring/Summer 2004

Yarn: Sirdar Pure Cotton for the body . Crochet thread from Michaels for the lace part

Needles: Japanese size 4 ( 3.3mm) for knitting and crochet size 2

Modification: Resized to fit the gauge of my yarns.

23 comments:

opportunityknits said...

You did such a good job finishing it, the crochet squares are so neatly seamed together. I like the neckline. And the pearl buttons add just the right touch. A very pretty set.

knitties said...

That's a gorgeous set and you did a wonderful job! I've been in love with that pattern for a long time but the crochet bits look so complicated.

yuvee said...

I think it looks beautiful, very ladylike The pearl buttons go perectly too.

Siow Chin said...

This is a gorgeous set! And both ways you wear it (as a set or separate) are just as nice in my opinion. A true classic!

Toni said...

So very pretty! I like the vintage look.

Agnes said...

Wow! This looks like something that would take ages to finish ... but is so beautiful! The twin set is very eye-catching ... I didn't even notice the curtain in the background! :)

Vanessa said...

Oh wow!! Gardenia is absolutely gorgeous. I love it Mimi. This is the kinda cardi that I'll definitely wear.

Jan said...

I think your sweater set is lovely. Its just the type of vintage look that I love. Very elegant. Makes me think of formal gardens and ladies drinking tea.

wakana said...

oh my god~ it is so gorgeous! you did such a beautiful job! I do like the crocheted squares --- fantastic!

Vivian said...

It's very pretty. The pearl buttons look great on the cardigan. Great job.

joy said...

ooo la la! Such intricate work. What a feminine twinset, and you carry it off very well. :-)

Does this mean you can start your woolly knits now? ;-)

Eva said...

Beautiful twinset ! I wish I have time to knit a similar set. Recently, I have no knitting time ><

Doreen said...

It is really beautiful, I'm attracted to this set as well but I'm not good in crochet. Thats why I've got to drop the idea of knitting it.

handknit168 said...

how pretty it is. and it looks perfectly on you.

Laura.Y said...

i still dun see any imperfections. Just a very outstanding piece of handwork. It's very lovely . Very elegant and it suits u. :)

Dipsy D. said...

I'm absolutely impressed by your set, it looks totally stunning! I so love the lacey details and the pearl buttons! This is a true piece of art, how very elegant!

Peggy said...

Wow, this one IS a real beauty! It would be great to wear for a wedding! I like the pearl buttons, it makes it more classic :) Kudos on your crochet skills... I can't even handle simple sqaures. :(

Anonymous said...

Your kidding right? This set is absolutely gorgeous, the fit, color, buttons, everything, great job, how can I get this pattern?

Ling said...

I love it, absolutely gorgeous!!! I think it looks great together. WOW!

yuki said...

Such a wonderful set, Mimi! They certainly seem to recall the elegance and delicacy of a bygone era.

sue said...

Your knitting is always so beautiful and professional looking. I am sure your knitted items would sell wonderfully well in a store you know. I cant wait to see the other cotton top finished too, so pretty.

Lois said...

this twin set looks gorgeous and I'm digging at those pearl buttons!

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