17.4.13

soay




Spring has well and truly sprung in Vancouver now and it is welcome beyond belief. We are currently being treated to road upon road of blooming cherry blossoms, a breathtaking sight and really I should be out snapping away with the camera before it disappears just as quickly as it began. However, given we arrived late last year with only a handful of suitcases, and most of our house contents still lying in storage till July, my clothing rail is becoming ever more inappropriate for this milder weather. The time has undoubtedly come to ressurrect the sewing machine, particularly now my new Spring knit is complete.

This is Soay, a second pattern by Gudrun Johnston and certainly not to be the last, as you will see. Gudrun's patterns are fantastic to knit from, she explains everything so thoroughly and it's almost as though she is right next to you as each stitch is created. I love that my knitting journey teaches something new with each pattern I've tackled so far and Soay is no exception. The i-cord trim was the challenge this time and it is so effective, such a pretty and neat way to finish off an edge. Interested in the unusual name? Soay (pronounced so-ay) is the name of an island just off the coast of Skye. It's also a breed of primitive sheep, from that same island, of course! (You should click the link for a look, they are cute little things.)

Madelinetosh is a beautiful yarn and I adore this colour too. I always have a hard time fighting off the urge to buy grey but when I saw 'well water' I knew it was the one .. it's a subtle turquoise/blue which just happens to look beautiful with grey too. Ha! Equally perfect was the fact my vintage buttons were already in the tin, and just the right size. My, that is so satisfying.

As ever, my Ravelry notes are here.

Are you having a good week? I do hope so, won't you let me know what you're up to?

36 comments:

  1. The colour is fabulous and so is the top/dress you are wearing with it....what style!
    D x

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  2. It's stunning Kate and the colour is gorgeous. You really are enjoying this knitting lark, aren't you? :)
    I checked out the sheep and you're right - cute!!!
    V xxx

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  3. I love this... it looks beautiful on you. I think I may have just found my next knitting project!

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  4. It's a lovely pattern and just my colour! I've never done an i-cord edging before, looks impressive.

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  5. Kate is a very clever lady! This is so you and so stylish and beautiful, I love MT yarn too, so smooth to knit with and that pattern is just beautiful. I so want to be able to knit myself something fitted like this, I often just knit scarves, gloves and shawls as they are not fitted as I seem to be very bad at choosing the right sizing for myself! I will persevere though, I have serious Spring cardy envy going on here :o)
    Thanks for sharing Kate, enjoy all those blossoms xxx Penny

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  6. Beautifully made... and such a pretty colour
    Happy week
    Thea x

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  7. It is absolutely stunning, Kate! I am in awe and yes, Madelinetosh yarn is fabulous stuff and extremely sturdy which is a huge bonus. I'm getting more and more into blues and greys these days. The Celadon colourway is my all time favourite.

    I tried the i-cord trimming once, a while ago, and I found it quite tricky. Did you?

    Stephanie

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  8. It's very pretty, you've made it so beautifully :) x

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  9. ~ So lovely, Kate....I love the three quarter sleeves as they are so very flattering ...Please send us some of your sunshine.....Our blossoms are rather slow in coming! ~ April showers be off with YOU! Have a lovely rest of week! Love Maria x

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  10. That is so lovely, both the cardigan and dress. And the colours go so well together. Spring is slow here, longing for some sunshine and warmth, Jane x

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  11. Very nice on you Kate! I like the edging very much and also the shape of the little cardi, a great knit for spring.

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  12. That is gorgeous, I truly love it...the colour is beautiful, I love blues and greys too, very tempted to look at the pattern myself....hhhhmmmm!

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  13. Your beautiful knits are truely inspiring! I am dying over the beauty of this knit.

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  14. Absolutely lovely. That's the nicest one yet.

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  15. What a beautiful sweater. I have just started learning to knit having been a crocheter for many years. I hope I can master this craft well enough to attempt this pattern some time.

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    1. Hello Cathie, thanks so much for popping by and leaving your lovely comment. I'm afraid this is the only way I can get in touch with you so I do hope you come by again and read this! Thanks so much for enthusing so much over my cardigan, I have every faith in your ability to make one, or something similar, for yourself. If I can, then any one can! x

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  16. Stunning Kate, really splendid. I am so glad you are enjoying your first spring in Canada, you are fit in the perfect outfit.

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  17. Oh my goodness. What a cardigan. How utterly beautiful - the colour, the detail, the trim, the neckline and the combination with your gorgeous dress. I admit to burning cardigan envy.

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  18. So lovely - that colour is just perfect.

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  19. Hello. Wanted to let you know how lovely your pinterest boards are, very inspiring, just adore that long grey dress you made a while back, if only someone stocked it to buy! Gorgeous cardigan colour and detail, perfect with that lovely dress, so very talented. Hope all is going well for you in your new abode. Niki.

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    1. Hello Niki, I hope you get this message because I can't see any other way of getting in touch with you. Thank you SO much for your comment, it has truly made my day. I also hope you find the time to pop by again. x

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    2. Thank you and I'll always pop by. I've often read your blog in the past, but haven't left a comment. I think I first found you through Vanessa Cabban's blog, great that she's back. No I don't blog, but have recently started my own Pinterest page....'nikitom' (Suffolk, England). Kind regards, Niki

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  20. Your new cardigan is gorgeous! And so is the yarn, but of course Madelintosh is always gorgeous. :) Perfect color for spring.

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  21. I love it!! My queue keeps getting longer and longer and now I'll be adding another sweater :)

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  22. gorgeous. I have cardigan envy too.......

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  23. Thank you everyone, you are making my week xx

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  24. Gorgeous cardi Kate! The fit is perfect and that blue is so pretty! And loving that dress under as well. Can't wait until you crack open your sewing box again :)

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  25. I love your cardigan and the way you've worn it. You look so fresh and ready for spring. I would love to know how the Madeline Tosh wool wears. Does it seem likely to pill? T x

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  26. Beautiful knit Kate, and you look fabulous. I wouldn't have been able to resist that colour either, and you know what a fan of grey I am!

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  27. That is beautiful - and you look so fresh and springy.

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  28. Oh my. This is perfection! The colour is perfect for spring and I just love it with the print dress. Well done Kate:)

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  29. You know I love this...and I love that dress just as much! xo

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  30. So gorgeous!! And, love the color!! xo Heather

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  31. absolutely gorgeous! Is the dress also handmade? it look a perfect combo wear...

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  32. Hola, te felicito por tus hermosos trabajos, quisiera saber donde consigo el patrón de Soay y Norby. Gracias y espero tu respuesta :)

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