Friday, December 30, 2011

Almost Aislin

The second sweater finished in my "finishing bonanza" last week!  I was knitting this one concurrently with the 1958 sweater, but never got around to doing a post about it.  It was great to pick up when I just couldn't stand to work with the ropey Louet Gems any more.

I'm a sucker for Jannette's Rare Yarns' special offers.  I don't always order when she sends out her emails, but occasionally I do succumb, and about a month and a half ago, I ordered three different colors of Kidsilk Aura because it was on super-special and it has been discontinued.

The first color I got was Ochre; when it arrived I was surprised to find that it wasn't what I consider ochre at all, but more of a light pumpkin.  Which is fine with me!  I made a list of all the things I could make with it, and finally settled on a Kim Hargreaves pullover called Aislin.

Now, I'm a big Kim Hargreaves fan.  If I could only sew one designer's patterns for the rest of my life, it would be Colette Patterns; if I could only knit one designer's knitwear, it would be Kim Hargreaves.  But peplums are just not my thing. Probably no big surprise, given that my hips are 2 sizes larger than my waist.  Who wants to emphasize that?

But I really loved the neckline of this sweater.  So I decided to knit it straight without the flouncy bits.

And I like it quite a bit!

You may notice by my hairdo that I photographed this one on the same day as my 1958 sweater!  I'm wearing this sweater with a silk scarf I made with hand-rolled edges, following a tutorial on Sarai's blog a couple years ago, right around the time she put out her very first patterns.  I really like the scarf and don't have a whole lot to wear it with, so I'm glad that it goes very nicely with this sweater.  It's a really lovely printed silk crepe I got from - you guessed it! - Vogue Fabrics, soon after we moved here.  This is two widths sewn together at the selvedge:

 And then hand-rolled at the edges:

It was really tedious to do, and made my hand cramp, but I'm really happy with the result.

And that's the last of the finished items for 2011.  Onward and upward to 2012!


  1. Great choice of color, and I like your decision to omit the frilly bits at the bottom.

    I'm impressed you hand-rolled that edge. I was going to try it once but found it way too fiddly and gave up :-(

  2. You look great - you sure are into that colour! And the scarf is incredibly beautiful. I have one from Paris that I bought at an artist stall this summer that reminds me of it.

  3. Thank you, ladies! It does seem I'm a little obsessed with orange at the moment, but I swear it's just a coincidence!

    The scarf edging was VERY fiddly, and it took me days to complete. I have more silk to do another, but I can't bring myself to do it again!

  4. Lovely sweater and beautiful scarf and they go together so well. The yarn you chose for the sweater is really gorgeous and the color - I'm a sucker for everything orangey to red :)
    I'm totally impressed by the smoothness of your knitting and the sewing of the knitted pieces together - your entire gallery on Ravelry is stunning! Great job!

  5. I love Aislin and have always had it in my queue. I just love yours and the color too. You've styled it beautifully.

  6. Thank you, Carmela and Kristen!

  7. I love your jumper, especially the colour and your scarf is gorgeous! Your outfit is very close to what I've just seen on Have a look!

  8. Thanks, Mrs. Purple! I love Color Collective! I look at it every day!

  9. Oh, another lovely sweater! I like that pumpkin color, and I really like your spin on the pattern (not a huge fan of super girly ruffles or sticky-outty things, myself).

  10. hehehe - wearing it right now!

  11. I love Kim Hargreaves' patterns - my favorite book is Breeze. I could knit everything in there. I will admit that I stopped buying her new books when I realized that most patterns were simple variations on others.
    I like the color you chose and that you left off the frilly peplum. It looks great with the grey pants and the scarf!
    Happy New Year!

  12. She does "recycle" a lot - but hey, I'm a granola girl, so I'm into recycling!

  13. Words can’t convey how much I love this sweater. It looks so soft and the colour is just stunning, which of course makes me a tiny bit jealous because I can't wear any shade of yellow! It looks great on you, and that scarf sure goes with it quite well. You could even wear the sweater with a purple skirt or navy pants, or dress it down with jeans. It’s simply perfect.

  14. Thank you, Andrea! I've actually been wearing it quite a bit!


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