Monday, November 7, 2011

Pins and Needles

The title of this post is utterly apropos given that I've waited more than 3 weeks for Canada Post to deliver my tiny (but lovely) sweater clasp. It came from the eastern seaboard, people. As the seller wryly observed, I could have walked there to pick it up by now. You know, I loathe paying big time shipping costs to have things couriered, but the way our postal system is going, I can see the allure. My parcel got held up at Customs?!? It was entirely properly labeled. It is what it purported to be. I wonder what Customs was doing with it for 2 plus weeks as I waited with bated breath...

Let me say that my love of Etsy persists. Pink Rhino Vintage is a terrific shop. I can't say enough for good client service. Despite the lag in delivery time, I would happily purchase from this vendor again.

But onto the pics of the Split Neckline Cap Sleeve Tee, yes?

You may recall that I made substantive changes to the original pattern. Just have a look at my Ravelry page for deets. You may also recall that the yarn turned into mush when I blocked it - a truly unpleasant experience.

It did return to its original dimensions, largely, after 30 minutes in the dryer, but it's not quite as tight (let's not mince words) as I'd like it to be. Nonetheless, I think the sweater pin gives it some ballast. I'm going to try to get with this thing.

Whatcha think?


  1. That is the best version I have seen of this pattern, barring even the one that illustrates it officially. This is gorgeous, Kristin, and you know we'll want to see it on you. Very Chanel-evoking, somehow, those colours, that trim, the pearly clasp. Fabulous!

  2. I think it was totally worth the wait on the clasp. Fab! :-)

  3. F: What an awesome compliment - thank you!! I am very pleased with the Chanel overtones. That's what I was going for. You never know if the intention will play out as per the creative impulse. And while this isn't as fitted as I'd like, it's a really good template.

    CGC: Why thank you! I am very pleased with the clasp. It really elevates the sweater, IMO.

  4. Holy Wow - you KNIT that!! Very impressive. I guess reading all about your trials and tribulations lowered my expectations of the final outcome. But you delivered (and far better than Canada Post, eh)!

  5. Thanks Wendy! (It's almost gold :-))

    Samantha: I'm glad I under promised and over delivered... Thank you! And don't get me started on Canada Post.

  6. What do I think? I like it. A lot! Well worth the wait.

  7. It is a thing of beauty Kristin. Congratulations on making this drop dead gorgeous sweater. I can't wait to see you wearing it.

  8. I agree with F that it is the nicest version of this sweater I've seen -- totally gorgeous. Well worth the wait.

  9. I suspect Customs was moving at their usual glacial pace merely to . . . oh, I don't know. Who can say?

    I love this sweater.

    Your talents have really evolved while I was "away."


  10. I love this! It looks beautifully made, and very Chanel + Orient. Knitting can be so frustrating when the size/fit isn't quite right - sewing is much easier as far as alterations go! But I do still love to knit.

  11. Andrea: Thank you!

    Susan: You are too kind - but don't stop! :-)

    Mardel: You and Frances are going to make me totally high on myself! :-) Thank you so much for your compliment. It means a lot to me xo

    E: Glacial sums it up! And so great to see you here. I hope you have been well xo

    Sherry: Thank you. I was totally going for the Chanel vibe (of course, we're not allowed to say that or Chanel gets upset). Somehow, cuz you can rip out the knitting, it seems less scary - if less quick.

  12. Jesus, you're good!
    I really like this and it's so well done!!!

  13. Stacy: Why thank you! We already know of your incredible sewing skills, but do you knit also?