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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


One present done; a million to go…

Or maybe, one down, none to go ;)

(I could just get away with no more handmade Christmas presents for the rest of the year with this!)

This little Beryl is destined to the wrapping table asap. When I was almost at the finishing point, a friend saw it and said, “Oh, for me?”

What could I say? I made it a size larger than I normally do for myself and it fit her perfectly. It was meant to be! So off it goes to a new happy home and I will make another one for myself.

This one is made from Bartlett Fisherman Yarn in Oatmeal and it is a thick and yummy knit. The seed and texture stitch accents are subtle and organic; they don’t quite merge with the yarn surface but don’t pop out quite as dramatically as a merino like Aurora 8.

Happiest touch of all: I found some really beautiful antiqued brass buttons earlier this year at the late and lamented Tender Buttons on Rush St and they’ve been patiently waiting for a new home.

I love the marriage of buttons and yarns on cardigans and just for grins put an assortment of faux tortoise, white and pewter metallic on this big band.

But the music was made with the Brass…

17 responses to “Wednesday, December 12, 2007”

  1. Gaile says:

    Bonne Marie, that is gorgeous! I love the longer sleeve length, and the buttons are perfect. Lucky friend!

  2. Maureen says:

    Late and lamented! I had no idea. Tender Buttons was a jewel in the crown that is Chicago.

    Love the sweater, btw!

  3. Emily says:

    I am chugging along quite happily on my Beryl!

  4. Karen says:

    Lucky friend and very pretty colorway!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful! It looks so very professional!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I love it! I hope mine comes out looking this good – I’m about halfway through at the moment with this pattern.

  7. Deb says:

    Lovely sweater- and I agree about the buttons- often- the buttons are the “make it or break it” of a sweater.

  8. Tracey says:

    I simply adore Bartlett, nothing says “Wrap me in warm wooliness” like Bartlett yarns. I need more of the oatmeal and sheepy gray colors. Desperately looking for something warm to knit that will fit an expanding belly as seem to be the only pregnant lady alive who is a popcycle instead of being hot all the time. Right now Twist is teasing me maddeningly. Your sweater is delightful and it’s intended recipient is one lucky lady.

  9. meg says:

    Oooh, gorgeous. You’ll likely blow your friend away with that gift – almost like giving a car in my books. Be ready to catch her, should she faint! :o)

  10. Seanna Lea says:


    Do you use the dress form when you are designing or knitting for yourself? I am still having a bit of difficulty in matching sweaters to my frame (even in taking things I already like and measuring them).

  11. Sonya says:

    I looooove the buttons – that wide band really does call out for show stopping buttons. I love it in oatmeal, it’s funny how it changes the feel. I don’t get mod as much anymore. Funky artistic. Those chameleon tendencies must be the mark of a well designed sweater or something.

  12. Michelle says:

    Hee hee, how do I get on your list? Funny how knitters rarely give other knitters hand-knitted gifts. Not fair!

  13. elise says:

    What a lucky recipient! I wish there was a beryle under the tree for me :)

  14. Leslie says:

    That is one fine sweater. Timeless. And modern.

  15. Wanda says:

    It’s really beautiful and I covet the oatmea color. You’re such a good friend!

  16. Ande says:

    Oooo, I think I have some vintage dresses and skirts that would go perfect with! Gorgeous Bonne Marie!

  17. Karen B. says:

    Me, oh my! I may be behind on my blog reading but the stylish beauty of this more rustic Beryl is right on time!

    Lucky friend, indeed.

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