Sunday, January 25, 2009

In which there is much Gloating






After much gnashing of teeth, I have completed the Ivel Coat.

Just as I finished pressing it with steam, it struck me that it was a perfect match for my favourite winter dress. Considering the number of times I've bees stuck for a coat to match this dress on winter night outings, the colour choice now seems inspired.

I did another suprising thing in finishing this project. Originally I had used a colour of kidsilk haze called Dewberry, a pale mulberry colour. I had originally considered the intense fuschia shade Splendour as a match to the Gypsy Wool Cotton. After swatching with both it was a tough decision, but I went with the Dewberry.

For the edging though, I decided to give the Splendour a go. And I love it! As Irene from Janette's Rare Yarns said, it's more of a clash really (than a match with the gypsy) but I think it works. One of my favourite colour combinations is fuschia with chocolate, and it looks a little like that I think. Yum.

I'm off to the beach right now, being tugged at like mad from the three kids (Alan is included here today) to hurry up, but I just couldn't wait to get on the internet and gloat like a bastard! When I get back I'll put it on and take a shot if it on a body. Not a great body, but a body nonetheless.

Edited: OK, back from the beach and took a shot of it on a person. The first shot of any iteration of this coat on a real person on the internet I believe.

But the BEST thing is that I don't have to knit it tonight. Tonight I can knit any damn thing I please. Maybe even something new. And that feeling, the anticipation, the thrill of the choice, it is that feeling that makes the knitting so addictive.

19 comments:

Corrie said...

oh my gloat away! that is just so beautiful...I can imagine that over a gorgeous dress and I undestand not wanting to model it

so beautiful and am sure it will be well looked after!

worth all that expense too!

Corrie:)

jacqueline said...

it looks stunning and i am desperate to see the modelled version.

inspired colour choices...gorgeous finished projects.

hurry up home from the beach.

M-H said...

That is... stunning. And so quickly made. Once again I bow to your knitterly talents. I hope it cools down enough for you to model it for us soon.

Donna said...

It looks awesome! Can't wait to see it on. Does this mean you're starting Autumn Rose now?

LynS said...

So beautiful - you're allowed to gloat indefinitely. Can we see the back too?

2paw said...

You should gloat, it is stunning!! Fancy matching your favourite dress?? You must have subconsciously chosen the colour.
Happy coat wearing, I bet you can't wait for Winter now!!!

SallyO said...

Gloat away! It's gorgeous.

Brena said...

That is stunning! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

Michelle said...

Can I just say ...

VA VA VOOM!! It looks absolutely splendid! Probably the prettiest and classist knit I have even seen on da innanets.

travellersyarn said...

Looks fabulous! Well done, and pray for a cool change.

Rose Red said...

Fantastic Ailsa, you gloat away - don't blame you one bit!! That edging, you know I thought it was a fabric edging at first - it's just fantastic!! Love love love!

Katewillknit said...

It looks fantastic! And even better on a real human model too.

Grandma Flea said...

I'm so impressed - it looks -- stunning! Can't think of a different word from everyone else - congratulations!

Luni said...

Gloat you should, all over the internet. It is very, very pretty. I think the touch of intensity on the cuffs and border really "make it work"!

Bells said...

Gloat away. So you bloody well should. It's perfect.

Michelle said...

O_O

i am speechless, gobsmacked. how come everything you knit comes out so stunning and gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

kgirl said...

it looks AMAZING! It's going to be a perfect compliment to that dress too

well worth every effort and teeth gnashing it put you through :)

Leeanne said...

Owwe love your coat, Great colour! It'll be lovely in winter...

Corrie said...

ok now I love it on! well done! that looks hugely expensive and a perfect fit!

Corrie:)