Saturday, 12 May 2012

The Cats Are Out

I nearly can not believe it myself. My jacket is finally finished. The finishing was a kind of pulling my hair out experience.... First of all I forgot to move the sidemarks before sewing the steeks - I remembered it after I cut it open for the sleeves. I was then wondering if a wig would be a choice if all the hair was gone...

And the jacket was a little too small. BUT, I am a modern woman - I have an iron. And decided to leave my hair where it was - still on my head.

With a wet cloth and the hottest setting I manage to get it bigger and not that strange looking from the wrong placed sidemarks.

Wool is always on your side - or was it on the sheeps side or back? Or whatever... LOL!

I must say I love the colors. I never thought they would look that good together and they certainly take away the small errors from my sight. I tried a new way of knitting the edges.

I hate purling pattern so I decided to knit them in the round. After all I wanted pattern on both sides, and my name and 2012 knitted into them. I picked up stitches and added six more for steeks and knitted the edges.

After binding off I sew and cut it open. It was so lovely to knit in the round.

But I managed to knit too tight, and the edges had to be blocked over night to get the right shape.

I was about to leave the jacket way back in a closet and starting pulling that hair after all. But I am not good at giving up and wanted that hair - so I thought that I would finish it once and for all.

No matter the outcome. Happily after adding the clasps - the jacket is fine. I actually love it - I think... There are a lot of hours knitted into my new jacket. It is always lovely to finish a work like this. But most of all the work preparing for the colors, pattern and all the rest together is a fun part of it all.

The road of life twist and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.
Don Williams Jr.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Pt2 from Rauma
Needles: 2.5mm
Size: M (I think)
Pattern: Modified from pamphlet 1235 Rauma (Snodige katter)
Other materials: Cloak clasps
Ravelry linkKnitting Cats And Dogs
This polymer clay bracelet made a while ago, is a match for my new jacket.

42 comments:

  1. Kjempeflott jakke! Liker veldig godt både mønster og fargevalg! Måtte humre litt for meg selv når jeg leste innlegget ditt, du skriver så underholdende og humoristisk om arbeidsprosessen! ha en fin lørdag!

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    1. Tusen takk Britt!!! Ha en fin lørdag du også!!!!

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  2. Det var ei fin og artig jakke! Og så stilig med årstall!!

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    1. Tusen takk Edy - ja, det er moro med årstall når det har gått litt tid...

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  3. Jakka ble fantastisk!!! Perfekte farger. Masse arbeid, men resultatet ble beundringsverdig!
    Ha en flott helg!

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    1. Tusen takk Anne - ha en riktig god helg du også!!

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  4. you picked such lovely clasps for this sweater! and wearing it over a simple white shirt is so efortlessly elegant, well done.
    Also happy to read your hair is still on your head :-)

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  5. Så stilig og fargerik jakke!

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  6. Wuuuhuuuu just loving it :),hvor ER den bare blevet så fin ,godt du kæmpede videre,så du nu både har en flot trøje og hår-LOL.

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    1. Tusen tak Gitte - ja, man skal aldrig holde op. Ja, og godt med det hår....

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  7. This just beautiful!I could never make anything like it so I am quite impressed!
    Fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Gabriela - never say never!!!!

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  8. Oh Lone, that turned out most awesome. I wish I could come knit with your....and clay too :)

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  9. Nydelig!! Den ble knallfin! For et slit du har hatt for å få den ferdig! Flinka!

    Skal se litt på den filmen du anbefalte :)

    Håper du har ei flott helg!

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    1. Takk for det Desiree!!! Kos deg i helgen!!

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  10. That is gorgeous and adorable!

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  11. Syntes fargevalget er spennende, og at resultatet ble kjempefint. Du har all grunn til å være fornøyd selv om jeg forstår at det har vært mye jobb og frustrasjon. Ofte da man kommer på de beste løsningene. :)

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    1. Tusen takk Helle - du har så rett i det. Strever man litt er det ekstra gøy å klare det!!

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  12. Her gik man lige og troede at du "kun" strikkede tørklæder:-) Den er dæleme blevet vellykket, trods kampen.
    God søndag!
    Kh. Dorte

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    1. Tak for det Dorte. Det er da godt at jeg kan overraske dig lidt!! God weekend!!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful. Luckily you still have all your hair.

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    1. Thank yoiu Just-Do - yes that is after all a good thing. LOL!!

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  14. Lone, you are so lucky I don't live close to you! Because everything you make would be missing! LOL! I truly love the sweater and matching bracelet! Love, Love, Love everything!!! Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. Thank you so much Stacy - I really wish you did. I could make your crows fly to me!! LOL!! Big hugs!!

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  15. Wow!!! I am astounded!! And I absolutely LOVE those buttons!! Great job!! :)

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  16. Your post made me smile, Lone! The jacket is so pretty, and I am glad it all worked out because I would not want to see you without your beautiful hair! LOL!

    The polymer bracelet is a perfect match!

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  17. Vilket fantastiskt arbete du gjort! Helt underbar! :)

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  18. Beautiful!
    I just 'discovered'your blog and inscriped as a follower, because I love the things you are making and the colors!
    Beautiful cardigan and I saw another little one witch I am looking up for in a minute.

    Thank you for sharing!
    Greetings Marjan

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    1. Thank you so much Marjan and welcome to my blog. I am glad you found me!!!!

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  19. Good day Lone,
    I found your blog at WWW last week and I have to say...wow...I love it!!! You´re a so colourful Person (hope, my English is not to worst). And this Cardigan is perfect. Where could I find this instruction for it? Please be colourful!!!!!
    Greetings from Antje

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    1. Welcome Antje and thank you so much for your compliment!!! I will be colorful :-) The pattern is only in norwegian and is only sold in shops in Norway unfortunately.

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    2. Thank you Lone! Now you have another fan from Germany ;)...take care...

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    3. Thank you so much - and you take care too!!!

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