Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Once upon a Fable

I realized that I promised you a detailed post on Fable - and while I flashed pictures, I didn't actually give any details.

So here they are:(please forgive my grumpy morning face - I loved camp - but they made me get out of bed far too early - and I really should learn to stand up straight...sigh.)

The pattern is Fable. And as mentioned, I modded the crap out of it. The original had a folded hem neckline and a rolled hem for bottom and sleeves. I figured, if you're going to fold the hem - make it picot. And if you're picot-ing one hem - do them all!

The next mod is obviously the length. The original is a flirty, flouncy little shrug - and absolutely adorable (if you have a flat stomach and the cute little boobs to match - obviously - I don't), but not quite right for me, so longer it was. Next mod: more fitted sleeves. This was done more as a time-saver than a design feature. I wanted to get this done in time for camp, so extra stitches were out.

Last mod: Three hook-and-eye closures instead of single button on collar. The front edge is an attached i-cord, and even after blocking, it didn't want to lay very flat. The single closure just didn't seem to work, so three it was. I didn't have any buttons delicate enough, and the hook-and-eyes were on hand. I may switch to buttons eventually if I come across the right ones.

Fable was knit with 2.5 skeins of Fluffy Cat, colour is Figgy Pudding. The result is a light, comfy cardigan that I forsee getting a lot of wear. It's perfect for layering, and ideal for the over-air-conditioned office in the summer.

Sadly, a few weeks back, our supplier notified us that the Fluffy Fingering and the Fluffy Lace bases are being discontinued. We will still be able to get Fluffy Light (in between fingering and lace wieght) a few times a year on special shipments.

We still have some fingering and lace in stock (only one in the shop right now but more coming soon) so if you really want some, you'll have to grab it fast.

I'm really disappointed. As you know, Fluffy is my favourite base, but I guess this just makes it that much more special, right?


Rhonda said...

You wouldn't be you if you didn't mod the heck out of a pattern.

Knitting Linguist said...

Ooh, that turned out beautifully! You will definitely get a lot of wear out of that - and I like the sleeve length, too (perfect for staying out of the way of chalkboards, but that may just be me). :)

Rachelle said...

but I love fluffy cat! So far it's only been patted, but it's gorgeous and I want more (can't afford it atm)

Delusional Knitter said...

Beautiful! I understand morning face ... I am not a morning person myself!

WildflowerWool said...

Great modifications! The sweater looks great on you.

gayle said...

I like your version better than the original. Well modded!

RobinH said...

I will go on record as saying I find the shrug a highly impractical style, at least for me. It's too warm for summer, and not nearly warm enough when the weather gets cool. I suppose I could see it in a warmer climate (and you're in Ontario, even snowier than NH!) but I would never knit this as a shrug...but I *love* it at the length you've chosen. And the picot gives it a nicely harmonious finish. Lovely work.

Alisha said...

That came out awesome. I love it. Always a treat to see your finished knits!!!