Sunday, 13 July 2008

defeat...no, victory...I think...


as a little diversion while knitting my forecast (progress: steady but slow) I decided to do myself a little summer quickie...the antropologie inspired capelet...mmmm, in a lovely soft silver grey Rowan Cocoon...mmmmm again (what is it with me and grey knits? I love 'em)

you'll note the capelet is designed in reverse stocking stitch, i.e to be worn purl side out

I knit it nicely in a couple of days on the No. 68 (upper deck)

and for once decided I must do what all those knitters out there swear by and block the little beauty (I mean, I had already done a guage swatch and everything)

well, imagine my delight, turning rapidly to consternation when I raised the sheet of protective fabric from the steam blocked knit to find this...on the right side out...


ignore the pretty heart shaped pins (filched from Ms. Reva's sewing basket, knew that would come in handy some day) look closely, you see those orange marks...they'd be scorch marks folks....


just in case you didn't see them clearly enough first time around



between you and me - I was almost weeping at this stage...

but then, inspiration struck...

I turned the little baby "inside out" ...


and smiled again...


phew!

ASIDE: do you know, almost the entire workforce of my office fell about the place laughing when I innocently put these shades on when we were out having a few drinks together the other evening...I mean I know they are large but do they really look that ridiculous? perhaps they'd (ALL) had one too many drinks...hmm, I like them regardless...(the shades that is, I haven't quite forgiven my colleagues...yet)

[vintage brooch from the regular Monday Jubilee Market, Covent Garden, London]

27 comments:

Leah said...

very glam - and love the brooch

knitsational said...

It turned out really lovely! And good thinking on turning it inside out, I would have been just sick.

megan said...

good save!!!
{looks nice that way round anyhow i bet!!}

erm . . . the glasses . . . no they're great your collegues were just drunk 'n' jealous!!

megan said...

nice = nicer !!!! [blush]

painted fish studio said...

the capelet is lovely! (yay to turning it inside-out!) it's so nice to put such a glamorous face to the name!

Jen said...

A perfect save! And I like those glasses on you--you look very chic!

Meridian Ariel said...

the shrug, capelet thurned out lovely! that brooch is fantastic, you look so very glam. *looks down at primark "vintage style" t-shirt and sobs*

the glasses make you look very cool and chic, especially with your fab hair.

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Fantastic recovery of a near-disaster there! The finished article is well cute. And I think the shades are fab.

Katy said...

phew, good save there. Rather fabulous too. Y'know if you ever feel a strange overwhelming desire to knit one for you rather lovely Northern friend, I wouldn't say no....(wink wink...christmas is a-coming)
Tell work folks they are fools...I also have shades as large (and some a bit larger), and you know how superfly I am, doncha (are you laughing? Don't laugh - I AM superfly...in my world...in my head...)

soph said...

good save! i actually prefer it right way out (um, wrong way out, er the way you have it now) but then i am easily confused and can spend hours trying to turn trendy knits that have the seams on the outside the right way...

Suzanne Vaughan said...

That is really lovely. I love grey too.

Gina said...

Well saved! I think I would have given up at that stage. You look great in the glasses by the way and your colleagues obviously have no taste!!

Helen said...

Love the capelet! I have this one in my ravelry queue too. Great yarn choice - how fortunate that you were able to reverse it too - I would have wept at the scorch marks!

Great sunglasses too - ignore your colleagues, they have clearly had too much sun!

Chloe said...

Its brilliant, what a turn out!
And it looks great on.

The glasses are fabulous.
Mine are exactly the same!

I may possibly commision you for one of these, if you do them that is?

Amy said...

well, since inside out looks right side out to me i see no problems what so ever! i see a lovely little sweater.
as for the glasses, oh my dear mine are just a big and just as fab!

JuliaB said...

Oh no! you look very "Audrey" very glam. Jealous workmates, that's what. x

ellie said...

ohhh. I think I would have cried. What good luck, and good thinking to turn it inside out - looks wonderful, especially with that little brooch.

I actually think the sunglasses are fantastic, and match really well with the little capelet. Maybe your work collegues just aren't quite fashionable enough.

lucykate crafts... said...

i love it!, i had a similar scorching incident with a felted bag that i ruined with the iron : (

love the glasses, i have some similar that alastair calls my 'bono' glasses! i like your hair like that btw.

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

Oh my lord! I would have fainted had I seen scorch marks like that on a newly knitted piece. Thank goodness you had the piece of mind to turn it inside out. It turned out beautifully! (and the shades are fun, don't listen to them)

Jackie said...

Well I was just thinking 'I wonder who that glam and very mysterious model is?

K&S City Girl said...

I love this capelet and a good save. Where did you find the pattern?

Mary

Jennie said...

I have glasses that big as well!!
I think they look good on you!

What a great turnaround and the t op looks lovely!!!

(am putting your parcel in the post as I type.. I am a great multi tasker!)

Kyoko said...

Seriously beautiful knitting you have done there. Well saved on the capelet! The sunglass looks fabulous too. I love it!

Lindsay said...

I love it! Gorgeous. And the shades, very cool. The wool looks divine, I'm a sucker for pale grey too.

Jo in Tas said...

Gorgeous capelet, and I reckon the scorch marks were telling you that it would look much better worn inside out:-) and the glasses are perfect for protecting your eyes and for looking glam.
PS Love the mod haircut!!

juanitatortilla said...

What are they laughing about -- those shades are nice!!!
Yikes, pity about the scorch marks. But, hey, thank goodness there are 2 sides to a capelet :)

tillyboo said...

Well, I think the shrug and the sunnies look fab ! very cool, they must be a fuddy lot to laugh at those ...