zara

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I might feel a little like I am back in Jr. High, but I love it!

Worked bottom up, in the round. A little rib, a little color work, a little plain knitting in the round, color work, (twist, untwist), decrease, rib and voila. You've got yourself a sweater. (Okay, it really wasn't that fast.)
I must admit this looked like it was made for Libby when I finished it. (It was T I N Y !)
However, I didn't panic. (Tried not to.) I threw it (placed it gently) into the washing machine on its hand wash cycle, and then I blocked it (stretched it). That technique has worked for me every time.
I absolutely adore this fair isle pattern. Working on it was just enough to keep it interesting. Although, I just get a little bummed when I have to stop knitting to untwist the colors. And, I may have switched up some of the colors a bit. (Reading the colors, in that bright sun, on the beach, after a beer, may have gotten me a little confused.)
Pattern: Zara
Size: small, 36"
Yarn: Princess by Classic Elite 7 balls #3413 black, 1 ball #3428, 1 ball #3403, 1 ball #3416.
Needles: US 6 and 7

It's been really exciting around here... Libby got off her braces yesterday! Nothing but smiles and mirror checking. I am pretty sure she was smiling in her sleep when I went in for the final good night kiss last night.

Happy Day to you!

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59 comments

  1. Wow...it's absolutely beautiful! Great job!

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  2. Ooh, very nice indeed, the fit is perfect. Libby must be so happy to be brace free.

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  3. It looks wonderful! Great work!

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  4. great sweater! I am amazed :)

    and yay to Libby- I remember the feeling of that freedom from being a metal mouth!

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  5. Holy love batman. What a great sweater! You did such a nice job on it. I could never wear it because I can't stand things next to my neck - but I love the color work and fit on you!

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  6. Just beautiful, Leslie. Your work is always so impressive and this is no exception.

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  7. Stunning and a perfect fit

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  8. That is one of the prettiest fair isle patterns I've seen! Beautiful! And congrats to Miss Libby! There is nothing better than the feeling of getting braces off!

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  9. i smiled at your statement about jr. high. i had a sweater similar to this in jr. high - hand knit for me by my grandmother and i loved it. have been dreaming of knitting myself something similar. you did an amazing job on this!

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  10. Awesome color work. I love the pattern and your color choices.

    It should be great come fall.

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  11. It looks perfect and well cut for you. Great color combo as well.

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  12. yeah for you and Libby! Love the sweater and the fit is perfect. The colors are great! Wonderful job Leslie!

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  13. Oh, my gosh. I could not love this beauty more.

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  14. cute! Matt got his braces off too. I have yet to get a picture of him without them!

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  15. yay you! that's sweater is gorgeous. and i love knitting fair isle. that's the only colorwork i like.
    and yay libby! i bet she'll be smiling big for days.

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  16. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I need to try colour-work, but it looks a bit beyond me at this stage :)

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  17. Great sweater, you do such beautiful work !

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  18. Wow it's so so beautiful!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

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  19. Gorgeous work. I love these colorwork yoke sweaters the more I see them!

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  20. well, the fit looks awesome! it's just perfect.
    hooray for no more braces! we have at least half a year to go.

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  21. As usual another great sweater!

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  22. Anonymous5/19/2011

    Oh so beautiful!

    After so much ugliness and utter devastation all around us (tornadoes), it does my heart good!

    My Cody has another year before the grand unveiling, and we've already talked about how weird it will seem to be without braces!

    Hugs~Jan

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  23. My daughter is having her braces off in September (yeah!0. Lovely lovely colors for the sweater - I really like the curly-cue points (don't know the official name).

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  24. Wow, this sweater looks incredible!!

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  25. So cute! I love it! Congratulations!

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  26. LOVE it! I've yet to try fair isle, but I need to. Drive Thru has been on my list since before I had kids and my oldest is now 3 1/2 so it's high time I get the yarn for it and give it a try! Maybe eventually I'll be able to tackle one in my size.

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  27. ....wait!!!! aren't you in junior high???
    (oh, it's just me and where my sense of humor is stuck)
    xox

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  28. This looks really nice!

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  29. I love it. it is beautiful.

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  30. A very lovely sweater! Yay to being brace free for Libby too!

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  31. Love it! I've recently gotten into colourwork and have yet to attempt a sweater... The yoke pattern is really very pretty!

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  32. I know you're hearing this a lot.. BEAUTIFUL!! You and the sweater. Your skills are to be admired.

    Yay Libby!! Beautiful with, even more beautiful without. Must be the time...Spencer is due to get his off in a few weeks as well.

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  33. Just gorgeous, lovely work.

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  34. Ahhh...free of braces. What a wonderful feeling!! You just made yourself what is called a "lopapeysa." Check out this blog

    www.rodprjonar.blogspot.com

    He's also on ravelry. You did a beautiful job. Love the colors!

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  35. Just Beautiful!!!

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  36. Tricia U.5/19/2011

    OMG...L.O.V.E!!!!!! Makes me want to try some fair isle now!

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  37. So cute! I love the colors and the pattern.

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  38. YAY Sweater and YAY Libby!

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  39. It's beautiful! Good job with the blocking. Amazing!

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  40. Leslie I love it! And I don't think you look like you're in jr high at all! These sweaters are always stylish and I like the black and grays

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  41. Teresa5/20/2011

    The fit, the color, the colorwork. You did an excellent job and you should be proud. This is really pretty!

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  42. it's so beautiful, and not jr. high at all! i'm always so inspired by your sweaters!

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  43. Yay for Libby! I remember when I got my braces off, I ate a huge bag of jelly bellies.

    Love the sweater, especially the super cute "shrunken" fit.

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  44. Wow oh wow! It's lovely!

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  45. Very pretty and great color combination!

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  46. That's SO pretty! I love circular yokes with fair isle so, so much. Love the 3/4 length sleeves, too!

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  47. That bread-and-butter miss looks so cute!

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  48. Anonymous5/30/2011

    You did such a wonderfull job! It looks like the perfect sweater.
    Francis

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  49. It looks fabulous. Looks like a perfect fit. I never get tired of sweaters with a patterned yoke.

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  50. yay for libby
    wow for your sweater

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  51. LOVE LOVE LOVE that sweater!

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