Monday, 12 September 2016

Finished Object: Silversmith Hoodie


Pattern: Silversmith Hoodie by Meiju K-P
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios
Colour: Teal Feather
Needles: 4mm, 4.5mm and 5mm Round Needles
Start of project: August 5th, 2016
End of project: September 12th, 2016

On Ravelry

It took me a bit more than a month to finish this year's SSKAL project, my Silversmith Hoodie. I wrote about working on it here. I added 10cm of lenght to the original pattern, because I wanted something coatlike, otherwise I followed the pattern. Once the minicables of the back and on both sides were done, progress was much faster even though it got quite heavy and very warm while knitting the sleeves and the hoodie. I mostly knit in the evenings because it was too uncomfortable during the day.



This was one of the most interesting projects I've done so far. There are so many amazing and clever details in the pattern that aren't all that obvious but they make such a difference if you look closely. I especially liked the beginning of the body, the short rows at the beginning of the hoodie and the iCord bind off which gives it such a clean neat finish.


I am very happy with the fit of my new coat. I blocked it slightly larger, it was a bit too tight but now there are probably about 1 - 2 inches of ease everywhere which will allow me to wear a long sleeved shirt underneath. I think this might be a bit warm to wear inside most of the time but it will be perfect for cooler days outside and inside when I am not moving a lot.

Antonia and I went to take some project photos today and let me tell you one thing: This wasn't meant to be worn at almost 30 degrees, even when you are in the middle of lots of trees. So if I look a bit flustered, just imagine to wear your warmest blanket in the desert ;-) 


Nevertheless we had fun and I am quite happy with how these photos turned out. Somehow I really need to have photos I like at the end of a long project, it just ties down all the loose ends. I am fortunate enough that I usually have one or two photographers around (well my kids ;-) who know me well enough and are able to take as many pictures as I like.

12 comments:

  1. It turned out beautifully!
    And I know what you mean about modelling in the heat! (and sometimes the cold!) but you just have to get pics when you finish it. It's just not the same otherwise.

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    1. exactly, there was no way I could have waited ;-)

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  2. I saw this stunning hoodie on your Instagram and was in awe! So so gorgeous! Love all the textures and love how you added some extra length to it! And I am so with you about photos at the end of the project - it's always so fun to play around with them! Though my poor husband, who takes my photos, is far from happy :), but he's dealing with it now :)

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    1. You should see my kids' faces when they realise it's time for project photos again ­čś│

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  3. it's beautiful!!! I love the colour, and those cables... what a knockout knit! I don't find modelling knits ever gets easier, but it does get faster. As lame as it sounds, I generally cycle through a series of standard poses that I do, that I find usually work. And something else that helps- I take a photo of a knit photo that I love, show it to my photographer (which is my husband), so he knows what kind of shot I'm aiming for. They don't always work, but it helps clarify expectations between you and the 'photographer'!

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    1. It always depends for me. Sometimes I actually have an idea and more than a few moments (like this time when I knew I wanted to go to the forest) when there isn't a lot of time, we often end up in front of the same wall. I used to take daily selfies for over a year a while ago, so I kind of know what I like but it's hard to tell that to an impatient kid. Often we just start shooting and then we look at the first results together and decide which pose / angle / light might work and then we try to improve it. My photos are just for pleasure but I think I'd get pretty obsessed if they were for a new pattern.

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  4. I think your sweater is fabulous! The cables look so amazing in that colorway! Your photos look great, nice job for braving the elements. Things we do for our knitting :) -Sierra

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    1. yep, everything for a few photos. Usually the weater is more suitable but this time it was really quite intense. Fortunately it's supposed to get seriously cooler by tomorrow.

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