Okay - I have to admit, near the end, I really wasn't feeling the love for Lestrange. Looking at the other projects, I was worried that after all that work - she'd end up too boxy and frumpy and I'd never wear her. But now that she's done..
Yes - I'm totally in love.
She was so pretty, I knew she needed an exceptional location for her photoshoot. After some brain storming, Mom and I came up with the idea of a cemetary.
This one is very old, and just a short drive from Mom's. It has beautiful grounds and some fascinating headstones. We even have relatives resting there. I was hoping for a slightly darker day (it was suppose to be cloudy and rainy this weekend) but the pictures turned out amazing anyway (thanks to Mom's fantastic photo skills). But back to Lestrange...
I won't go into too much detail - you guys have been on this long journey with me. It started in October of last year, but she got put away for Christmas knitting. I didn't pick her up again until March....
...but didn't knit faithfully on her until this month when I started the collar.
The collar was a definite slog (basically, a full sized shawl all on its own) but I got through it. In the push to get the project done, I totally messed up on the bottom ruffle - but no one who isn't familiar with the pattern is going to notice.
I made several mods to the fit and shape along the way. They are detailed on my project page. In the end, she took approximately six-and-a-half skeins of Slinky Cat Fingering. (I'm not even going to tally the hours.)
The colour is Midnight Peacock and it changes depending on the light. Outside it's vibrant, while indoors it's dark and moody.
Once the weather cools down, I see her getting a lot of wear. I had to go buy a dress to wear with her for the photoshoot - but I have plenty in my fall/winter wardrobe that will make her shine!
Not that she doesn't do that all on her own.