Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Gen! (Adriana)

Today is Heather's and my dear friend Gen's birthday and in honour of her big day I thought I'd show off the knitting I've been doing for her.

An HGTV marathon while visiting my parents this week allowed me to finish off Gen's Tropical Vacation socks.
I love the perfectly matching stripes. It filled me with a ridiculous amount of pleasure :)

Last winter Gen had bought some yarn to make her first sweater, however, she got stalled a little way in and ended up frogging it (I think). I offered to help her knit a sweater with that yarn as my birthday present to her. We struggled with choosing a pattern since it was hard to find one she liked that matched the weight and yardage of previously purchased yarn. Luckily earlier this month we had a breakthrough and Debbie Bliss' Bolero Jacket was the winner. My job was to knit the back and two fronts with Gen working on the sleeves and the collar. Bulky yarn and big needles made this a fast knit, coming together in less than a week of evening knitting.
Here's a picture of the pieces blocking:
The yarn is the appropriately named Decadence (which appears to be discontinued?) from Knitpicks, a lovely red alpaca which shed a little too much (I found random fibres all over the apartment).

Gen, I hope you like your Christmas/birthday presents. I can't wait to give them to you in person.


Heather G. said...

Decadence is discontinued?? Say it ain't so!

Those stripes are a thing of symmetrical beauty! Well done!!

Azura said...

Awww! I love you guys!

And I can't wait to wear those socks and that sweater (although probably not at the same time) :D

So far we've got most of one sleeve done, then I had to stop because my shoulder was bothering me, but as soon as the pain dies down I'll knit the rest of the sleeve, the other sleeve, and the collar!

Bertha said...

Wow, great job on the matching!! Also, I can't wait to see the bolero all knit up, that color is gorgeous!

Rosemary aka fabricfan said...

Lucky Gen. Everything looks so nice. I use the same foam boards to block my wool pieces, it works really well.