Sunday, July 27, 2014

FO: Lestrange

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.


13 comments:

Minding My Own Stitches said...

It really is stunning! So beautiful. That close-up of the collar lace is gorgeous! Well done! (and PHEW!)

kathy b said...

that is stunning!! !I love the cemetery shoot

Bridget said...

Truly stunning - congratulations on not just finishing, but doing such a great job!

Chrisknits said...

It is gorgeous and I am in Awe!!! I could never stick with her to the end so won't bother trying. Love it, and adore the photo shoot, perfection!

Araignee said...

A masterpiece! The fit is perfection. I am in awe....

Dee said...

There is NO frump about that sweater. It is all kinds of AWESOME!

Your mom took GREAT shots!

Frieda said...

As we would say here in Quebec, watatow !!!!! . The cardigan is beautiful and you look absolutely gorgeous ! Mom really did a wonderful job with the photo shoot too ....

Knatolee said...

WOW! Gorgeous!! The model, too! :)

Rachelle said...

It is almost enough to convince me to knit it too, but then again I have lots in my queue already and after seeing yours I don't think I can beat that!

CelticCastOn said...

Amazing! The amount of work in lace....*shudders* I would have tapped out long ago!
It looks fabulous on you!!
It was nice to see the colour up close as well.

Nancy Kay said...

What a stunning garment!! Oh my goodness, Valerie, this is a beautiful work of lace and design, and it looks fantastic on you. Doing the shoot where you had a lot of stone was perfect to show off Lestrange.

RobinH said...

Absolutely lovely! Great job.

Delusional Knitter said...

Absolutely amazing!! That is the perfect location for photos. I agree, a little bit overcast would have gone better with the "mood" of the sweater, but they are fantastic shots. It looks amazing on you, great mods.