anhinga

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I had to look back through my archives to see when I last finished a sweater.  November.  Last November.  Holy cow.  
I was happy to be working on an interesting, stockinette stitch, pattern, with just enough "change it up" to keep my mind busy.  I love how the center insert highlights the intersecting pieces.  The visible seam was a challenge for me as my mother has taught me how to hide the seams so well.  A trip to the yarn store was actually required for teaching me how to show my seams! 
 
A super straightforward back piece and two sleeves with exactly the same number of rows (ha! thanks to working both sleeves at the same time).  
I am mostly a cardigan knitter, but can't tell you how much I adore the "wear" of this sweater.  The "flowy" front makes it fun and easy on the body. 
It was not my first time for a Berroco, Norah Gaughgan pattern (which I love) but was my first go around with Amy Butler yarn.  100% organic wool/cotton blend.  It is super soft and I think I could actually wear this sweater all year depending on that summer day.  I thought it gave the perfect drape for this pattern.

Pattern:  anhinga
Yarn:  10 balls Rowan by amy butler belle organic aran  color 212
Needles: size 8
Size:  34"

I wanted to let you know that Jimmy Beans Wool is carrying a limited edition of Denise2go's newest set of interchangeable knitting tools.  This special line will feature eight designs of the Denise2Go released monthly over a six-month span (through February '13).  There are only 46 sets of the "roll back to school" edition available.

And one more thing.  I don't really have a recipe for my veggie chili.  I just take every veggie I have in the fridge and saute them in olive oil.  (This time I had, onion, mushroom, zucchini, eggplant!, green and red pepper and celery.  Then I toss in a couple cans of any beans, one can of corn, and 1-2 cans of crushed tomatoes along with a teaspoon of chili powder.  Let that simmer for a bit, then spoon a big ladle into a bowl and top it with cheese (i love cheddar) sour cream, diced red onions and avocado.  Serve with tostito chips.

Enjoy your weekend!

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31 comments

  1. This sweater is beautiful. So cozy.

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  2. Lovely to have you back.

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  3. What a beautiful sweater-it is gorgeous on you! Your sweaters are always so inspiring- I love seeing what you've completed. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Gorgeous! I can never get over the perfect fit you achieve every time with your handknits - bravo!! I was also wondering how much of a bear that sweater was to block :)
    I love Norah's patterns, too - they are just amazing.

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  5. love it! What a great knit!

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  6. OH, that's a pretty one, Leslie! I've never known any else who puts corn in their chili - that's awesome! Actually, I use hominy, but still, same (-ish) thing!

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  7. Beautiful! I love/hate mine because I chose a terrible nylon yarn. :P Yours looks just how I dreamed mine would be!

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  8. The sweater looks wonderful and sounds like a dream to wear.

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  9. That's a really cute sweater.

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  10. You look lovely!

    Thanks for sharing the how to on the chili. I love that it's such a loose recipe. Yummmmmm!

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  11. This sweater is beautiful and it looks great! You have quite a knack for knitting sweaters; mine have not turned out nearly as well!

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  12. I love this pattern and bought the book just for this. Your pretty sweater has inspired me. It's lovely.

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  13. Try it with hominy in place of corn. Much more fun!

    Anina

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  14. Great job! I love the color.

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  15. Maureen9/16/2012

    Perfection...as usual! It's stunning - the pattern, the color, and the fit! You look gorgeous! Any tips on achieving such a fabulous fit with each and every sweater you knit?

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  16. What a beautiful sweater! I love the "flowy" look of the front. I'm usually a cardi knitter, too, but that pattern really speaks to me.

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  17. Meghan9/17/2012

    You are a whiz at beautiful sweaters. So glad to see you sharing again. It's always nice to see what loveley things you've created.

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  18. Love the sweater! The aran weight isn't too heavy? And my mouth is watering----that veggie chili is on the to-make list this week. Thanks.

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  19. It's a beautiful sweater! Simple without nice drape!

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  20. LOVE. It came out perfect.

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  21. That is an awesome sweater! What a fun pattern. Looks great on you.

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  22. It came out beautifully!

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  23. it's so pretty, leslie. i love the color!

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  24. Nice article, thanks for the information.

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  25. Beautiful sweater! Looks so pretty on you. :-)

    (were you able to find the picture on facebook of your chalk placemat in use?)

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  26. What a great sweater! Very interesting shaping!

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  27. Try give some tide straight at the bottom front of that sweater, but other than that, it's gorgeous, though!

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