Sunday, July 14, 2013

FO: Beam me up Scottie!

At last, a sunny day peeks through the winter clouds here in Sydney - quick, get your hand washing out!

It also means I can persuade Jakk to take some finished object photos.
Remember last year I said I'd like to use Berroco Phinney as a base to vintage-ify a design?

Well, Phinney - meet Evelyn Bellamy, a well known Australian designer from the 1940s.

And here is the result, knitted in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece:

freddies of pinewood 1940s jeans plus size 34 vintage

Silly me, I thought this jumper would only take a few weeks (aran weight yarn) but surprisingly it still took two months to finish.

Looking back, this yarn is probably not ideal for what I wanted - a figure skimming jumper with 1 inch of negative ease. I was hoping the wool would give stretch to the cotton, but not really. On the upside, its a dream to wear - not too warm, not too cold.

- shortened the body, lengthened the arms
- longer ribbing on waist and arms
- cast on in pink, then switched to black straightaway (for a nice edge contrast)
- intarsia scottie dogs
- measured the sleeve head against the chest, and switched to pink for the sleeve caps (common 1940s style)
- round neckline instead of square

And its a great opportunity to wear my 1940s novelty bracelet with little doggies!

1940s novelty bracelet jewellery
'In the Doghouse'

I'm really, really happy with it and will definitely use Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (and Cotton Fine) again. The quality is good, the price is reasonable (I get mine from Kaleidoscope Yarns) and I like the idea behind the company. In fact, I've already cast on for a Victory Jumper in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport.

Hair Clip - Mimco
Jeans - Freddies of Pinewood 1940s Work Pants (size 34)
Bracelet - Etsy

Bow-wow and have a good weekend!


Mid Century Pink said...

SUPER cute!!!! Love!!!

Amber Walker said...

Love it!

eileensbasement said...

You did a great job of refashioning that sweater. The little dogs are darling.

Jenn Walker said...

Adorable! You did a fantastic job!

Kate-Em said...

Love the Scottie dogs. The bracelet is great too.

Sara Wood said...

AHHH! What a perfect turn out! And with the bracelet?! Swoon.

quietvintagesewing said...

Nuts about anything with a scotty dog on it - and the bracelet is wonderful. Envious of your knitting talents, something I never bothered to learn - well done.

Valerie said...

That is just adorable. Plus from someone who can knit scarves and somehow managed to try knitting a sock once and found out I was doing it inside out and too small, I'm extremely impressed. Love, love the Scottie dogs and the colors.

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