Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mirepoix Bodice Progress


I've been working steadily on my Mirepoix Bodice, and I finally have something to post about it! I have a little more than seven inches of the fair isle completed. I've established the neck and armhole steeks; they are about three inches long, and my shaping is almost done.

I'm still really happy with the color substitutions I made on this project. I had a difficult time getting an accurate picture of the colors (for one thing, the orange looks much more garish here than it does in person). I'm also really pleased with how the fair isle looks. I haven't done this technique before, and I was nervous about how it might look. I started off a little loose, but I've gotten a little better at regulating my tension, and now it looks really good.

The alpaca is also behaving better then I had thought it would. It's not sticking together like shetland or anything, but it is felting a little. I'm still going to sew my steeks before I cut, of course, but it gives me a little piece of mind knowing it will hold a bit on its own. I think it's at least as nice for fair isle as superwash wool (which was the recommended yarn).

I have to say, this is one of the most satisfying sweaters I've worked on in a while. I'm surprised at how much I like doing fair isle; I guess I can quit avoiding it now! It looks very pretty. I can't wait to get finished and wear it!

6 comments:

ShopDaughter said...

Holy moly!!! That is absolutely stunning!!! Excellent job! I wish I had the motivation to do fair isle. Keep on trucking!!!

Linda said...

Have you finished this sweater yet? It looks simply beautiful! I hope to see a finished photo some time soon :-)

miss elizabeth said...

I had to set it aside for a while to finish up some Christmas presents. I'm almost done, though, and I'll be picking it up again (and finishing, hopefully!) soon.

Leoma said...

Keep up the good work.

wsxwhx748 said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Anonymous said...

really appreciate YOU -- thanks a lot!