plisse

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Well, your friend actually has some finished knitting to show you!
Plisse is my second Hanne Falkenberg style to make.  I find the patterns to be interesting and the construction to be amazing.  This was knit in one piece with only the sleeves seams to be finished.  Although my ballerina's will always be my favorite you can bet this will get its fair share of wear.
Because the kits are not inexpensive (they are actually quite an investment) I wear them a lot. Mostly as a coat.  And on size 3 needles this was not a fast knit.  But certainly one I enjoyed working on.  There were a couple of bumps in the road but after I figured a few things out it was smooth sailing.  (Or should I say driving.) 
With so much going on in the back, Jeeves was probably correct in telling me to leave that little problem I had alone.  
I'm thinking you all will be the only ones to know. (shhh)

Libby took this last photo and actually, the first one also.  And I'm thinking I want to remember my Summer '09 toes.  Yep, purple.  All summer long.

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127 comments

  1. It turned out lovely! Love the toes :)

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  2. Beautiful! It's inspiring...

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  3. yay for finishing a project! And don't worry, I won't tell a soul about that thing about the back, even though I can't even tell!

    Cute toes! You know i love feet pictures.

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  4. it's absolutely stunning! i can't even imagine the patience it would take to make one of these. well done, leslie!
    and libby is becoming quite the photographer....

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  5. It is gorgeous! I love all the details and the color is beautiful!

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  6. beautiful on you! love it with your hair. great color choice!
    someday i'd love to try the ballerina, but there would have to be visits with you. you know... in case i have questions or want a glass of wine etc. maybe jane could start one too!

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  7. this is such a beautiful sweater! i appreciate what you wrote about wearing your not so inexpensive hand knit sweaters as coats - i've been hesitant to make the investment in a sweater for myself, but really, our weather is mild enough here that i often do wear sweaters and not coats. perhaps i'll take the jump.

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  8. Love the whole entire thing! Great job leslie!

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  9. What a lovely, lovely sweater! Such a gorgeous color, too. Beautiful job! I hope you wear it *all* the time. I loved looking at your Ballerinas, too -- just stunning!

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  10. This is so pretty, you always pick nice patterns.

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  11. Absolutely stunning!!
    You may have started a purple toe trend :)

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  12. It's gorgeous! The color, yarn and style really work well together. After so much work I'm sure you're satisfied to have such a great sweater.

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  13. Yep, I think your amazingly talented daughter follows in mom's footsteps in art and composition. Great pics she took for you, of you!

    Purple is so good, isn't it, for that little bit of non-conformity, that shouts, "Radical, dude, life is a blast! Let's skyrocket outta here." OK, maybe too much of the lava lamp these past few days as I plug away in my creative alcove, but you'll totally understand. :)

    The sweater is to die for...as you'll know from another little place we rendezvous.

    Purple plums and gumdrops.

    XXOO

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  14. That is absolutely beautiful. Maybe one day I'll tackle something like that too!

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  15. that's gorgeous!!

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  16. Oh, Leslie. It's so, so beautiful! I admire your tenacity for completing so many Hannes. I'm not sure it's for me! lol.

    This is amazingly beautiful.

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  17. absolutely beautiful on you. what a perfect fit!! love it casual with the white t and flops and can imagine it all dressed up too!

    have to find a new pair of brown flops!

    hello to libby!

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  18. You never disappoint! The sweater is so GORGEOUS! The color as well as the workmanship are impeccable. It looks just fabulous on you. And Libby did a very professional job capturing your toes and your sweater! BRAVO to both of you!

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  19. What a beautiful sweater! Absolutely stunning!!

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  20. It's beautiful!
    And i love your toes ;)

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  21. i am now officially in love with plisse. as if i didn't have enough to knit!

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  22. It looks lovely and worth it!

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  23. It is beautiful and a great color for you.

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  24. It turned out beautifully. The perfect tender green for this time of year. And Jeeves was absolutely right (as usual!)

    And I do the same with my toes. Pick one shade, and then rock it all summer long. I haven't decided on what colour yet. It's still sock-weather here...

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  25. What a beautiful sweater... and I love your toenail polish! Libby's photography is awesome!

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  26. That's just gorgeous. I love the color on you. I must make a Hanna pattern in the future...

    Andrea

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  27. Wow, this is so feminine and just gorgeous. I love seeing all your knitted projects, they are far from the normal, very unique!! Looking forward to seeing what you'll be making next.

    Where do you find a lot of your patterns? They really are very different.

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  28. Lovely finished sweater, really, it's lovely. Very cute pics, even the feet, and I'm not a foot person... actually, I have an aversion to open-toed shoes. I may need to rethink that issue, and get some paint on my toenails. Maybe. Maybe...

    Dunno about the flip-flops though...

    Back to the knitting, the happy knitting-
    ali

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  29. That turned out wonderful! I love it! And even though you told us about the "mistake", I still can't see it. I might need to add this to my list of things I want to make.

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  30. It's beautiful and looks very wearable. It looks great dressed down, but I can totally envision it dressed up to.

    What a great knit!

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  31. Wow, that is a really amazing sweater, and I can just see how much work it took! I'm very impressed, as always!

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  32. wow, you've done it again -- another gorgeous hand knit! well done!

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  33. Just beautiful! I love the spring green, and the shape is so neat. I'm with Jeeves -- no one will ever notice.

    Hmmm... I like the idea of a signature nail polish color for the summer.

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  34. oh leslie! it's stunning. the color, the drape, all of it. you're inspiring me to pick up the needles again...

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  35. oh, wow! it suits you just perfectly. imagine, that hanne falkenberg designs can be bought even in Switzerland... So my next trip to Zurich will lead me to Vilfil, that sells ballerina kits...

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  36. Oh my! This is gorgeous and in my favoritei color. I'm sure you'll get lots of use out of this one!

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  37. Very nice. I love the color of the sweater and your toes.

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  38. What a flattering sweater on you and the color is so pretty too!

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  39. Wow, what a great sweater! Your knits are always so inspiring. It's been ages since I've attempted to knit a sweater for myself. This one is adorable. (P.S. I love the summer toes, too!)

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  40. Whoa. Gorgeous. Darn. I was hoping I wouldn't like it; it would help me resist a little better...

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  41. Gorgeous! It looks great on you!

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  42. Gorgeous - love the color and the shape. Congrats on finishing - and those ballerinas are amazing, too!

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  43. Anonymous5/28/2009

    Awesome!

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  44. Oh my, I love this. It's beautiful and think I will be ordering a kit soon!

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  45. That turned out great I wish I was as talented as you.

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  46. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Am trying to figure a way to justify buying the ballerina jacket kit. I love that knitting project. great toes too.
    Your site has gotten me into knitting everyday and how I had missed it.

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  47. Wow, that turned out great! Knitting an adult sized sweater on 3s takes a serious amount of dedication. Good job!

    You can stick to one nail color all summer?! I'm too schizophrenic (sp?) to only pick one. ;)

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  48. completely gorgeous. seriously.

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  49. the green yarn is just perfect! and the fit looks fantastic. [and no sign of any whoopsy at the back to even worry about. :) ]

    ps thanks for the comment on my paper crane - tried to email you back but it bounced - sorry. :(

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  50. the pleats look amazing. a lot of patience is absolutely required for such a great sweater!
    i also love the green on you and the toes!

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  51. I really have nothing to add that all the other comments haven't already said ! It is lovely, well done , very flattering. I'm sure you will get lots of wear from it.

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  52. That sweater is great...the color is one of my favorites. I cast on my first sweater last night so hopefully it will turn in to something that resembles a sweater!!!

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  53. What a beautiful sweater in a beautiful color. It looks great on you. I love how it flares. So pretty!

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  55. oh boy, this is super cool, you are good, professional standard !!

    love the way you posed for the pics, very nice.

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  56. This sweater is spectacular! I still don't see anything wrong with the pleat. It looks perfect. Purple toesies are cute too.

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  57. Wow! It is really gorgeous! The construction is amazing. It seems perfect and looks really good on you! Congratulations!

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  58. This is really beautiful, nicely done!

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  59. cute swingy shape and I love this shade of green! Ohh cool toes too :)

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  60. Ohhh! !I love this one! Beautiful!

    So, what's next?!

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  61. absolutely perfect, i love the color, the swing, the sweater...oh, and the purple toes!

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  62. oh, that is beautiful! and the color rocks!

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  63. Love, love, love it! The color, the style, everything! I can see it as being a staple and it sure is cool enough this morning you could wear it today!

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  64. its gorgeous. i love the color and the bottom.

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  65. That is smashing! I love the color!

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  66. It looks fantastic! How wonderful to have to only seam the sleeves!

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  67. The sweater is beautiful! The toes are lovely!

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  68. it looks great. i have the mermaid h.f kit and you have given me the motivation to start it. love the purple toes.

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  69. It looks wonderful on you. I really like the color.

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  70. So beautiful - I love it! I really dig Hanne Falkenberg's stuff, though I have yet to knit anything by her. Really, I just watch others (you) knit them and swoon from a distance. Though this one - this one is wonderful - and I love the color you chose. Time to stop living vicariously? Hmmm....
    :D

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  71. it came out great!! Looks beautiful!

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  72. I think it looks fabulous. Love the color, nobody will notice the back at all, in fact if you hadn't shown us earlier, I wouldn't notice it now. Love the purple toes. Enjoy the summer. g

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  73. it's AMAZING, Leslie. i love the color. i can't believe you knit something so substantial as a sweater on size 3 needles! you are my hero!!!

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  74. Leslie you have out-done yourself again!! I love it and the colour is perfect.

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  75. That is simply GORGEOUS! (I just finished a similar sweater -- the Diminishing Ribs Cardigan -- in the exact same color!) We Leslies think alike! :)

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  76. oh, i love this one Leslie. the color and fot are perfect. stunning!

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  77. Beautiful!
    I usually knit pullovers, but since we've moved to an almost tropical climate this year, I think I might have to seriously consider your brilliant idea of knitting 'coat' sweaters. It does get chilly enough here for a jacket (although I made it all winter without needing an actual coat.)
    I've been trying to figure out if the style suits you so well because you are tall? I'd love to think that it would work for me, but I'm only 5'4".
    I really like the color. (And since finishing is my least favorite part of knitting, having only the sleeves to do sounds divine!)

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  78. Anonymous5/29/2009

    Oh wow, stunning!!!! I almost started a linen/cotton project that needed sizes 1, 2 and 3 needles and I chickened out. Just decided I couldn't do it. Congratulations on your stick~to~it~ness! (there's a word for that which escapes me at the moment)

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  79. so gorgeous. perfect fit. impeccable workmanship. I enlarged the first photo and just stared at it for five whole minutes - i will probably return later to stare at it some more. your work is so inspiring.

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  80. oh leslie! it is so so gorgeous!!! i think you will get a ton of wear out of that! what an amazing knit!

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  81. It looks really fantastic! I have a question, though - I've always LOVED the Hanne Falkenberg designs but been bummed that they only come as kits because the yarn seems sooo itchy. So my question is, does it soften up with wash and wear, or would I just have to wear it with a turtleneck all the time so it can't touch my skin?

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  82. What a beautiful sweater! The pattern quite different and original...and the color and fit is so pretty and flattering on you.

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  83. The sweater is absolutely beautiful!

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  84. Betty Sleeth5/30/2009

    What a beautiful job you did!

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  85. Ooo! It's beautiful and it looks fabulous on you.

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  86. It's amazing Leslie! And you wear it perfectly! you are a great knitter

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  87. Wow, it turned out very well!

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  88. plisse is gorgeous!

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  89. I will add my compliments to everyone else's. Plisse turned out beautiful and the color is perfect.

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  90. i'm loving that purple polish... and the cardigan is beautiful!

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  91. Ok, 95 comments?? You are a knitting superstar, darling. This project is a real stunner!

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  92. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  93. I am always so impressed with your sweaters, Leslie.
    You're right, some of these projects can be quite an investment, but with results like that it is well worth it.

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  94. I love it! So stylish! I agree with you on them being a worthy investment!

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  95. Looks fantastic on you! It's such a pretty knit with all those pleats!

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  96. gorgeous. i can't get over how patient you are. : )

    and by the way, what brand are those flip flops? i've been looking for a pair just like 'em.

    : )

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  97. gorgeous. and amazing. and perfect. and stunning. and impressive. and beautiful. ok, now I'm done.

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  98. OH it's gorgeous! Looks fantastic on you.

    That shade of purple is one I have been looking for, for so long!

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  99. Wow! What a gorgeous knit! You have inspired me to pick up my Gloria, soon!

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  100. No wonder you received so many comments on this post! The creation is magnificent. Truly.

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  101. How beautiful! And who could resist purple toes? Not me!

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  102. Just gorgeous! Congratulations!

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  103. the sweater looks great as do all of your finished projects!

    also, the toes! i went au natural the last couple of years only to decide that this year i'm going to paint them...lots of PINK! i found a very reasonable sally hansen diamond strength "ruby sequin" it is wonderful & i love looking at my toes just to see it!

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  104. Beautiful! You did a wonderful job. I've wanted to do this kit for a long time but am very allergic to this yarn - would you care to sell your pattern?

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  105. What a gorgeous sweater! Wow - it is fabulous! Nice work.

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  106. WOW! Fantastic! Just awesome and fits you wonderfully!

    (love the back detail work)

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  107. Gorgeous knitting, as always. Love the color and how it flares out just a bit. Cute toenails, too. I think I'm finally having to break down and cover up my ugly toes with some nail polish this summer.

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  108. This is so beautiful! It looks so fantastic on you! Kudos to your budding photographer too!

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  109. I love the color. You did a fantastic job! Your blog makes me smile.

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  110. Another gorgeous sweater! This one is really flattering and I love the color. I just might have to invest in one of these kits someday - so worth the beautiful outcome!

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  111. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!! And this color!!!!!!!!!

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  112. Perfect! I know you had a few skirmishes but in the end, you absolutely won out.

    BTW, one of my summer colors is OPI's Catherine the Grape! Fun.

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  113. Oh, that's well knitted, and beautiful ! I also like the color ...

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  114. Just gorgeous! The shaping is so flattering.

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  115. jsut spoke to the cucumnber patch and mine shipped on monday 7/28 :)

    BTW I was able to get it for $125 less than 1/2 what it was at other sites... just wanted to share.

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  116. Absolutely gorgeous!

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