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Empire of the Sun

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The best part of being a knitter is loving something you made so much you never want to take it off.

…And, admittedly, the compliments. It’s always fun when a non-knitter is completely gobsmacked when I tell them I made what I’m wearing.

Thanks to my dear Elizabeth for all these gorgeous photographs! Having a confident photographer take FO pics was a real treat.

 

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The buttons are from Jo-Ann—I’d been hoping to find the perfect vintage buttons on Etsy, but I really wanted turquoise and I couldn’t find any in the right size.

 

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The pattern is Gudrun’s Empire. The King Charles brocade pattern hits that sweet spot of easy yet impressive, and I picked up a few new tricks too (the bias bind-off and the i-cord bind-off around the collar). My Ravelry project page (with detailed notes) is here. There are definitely more designs by Gudrun in my knitting future—maybe Laar next? (See Anne’s gorgeous version!)

 

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Hempathy is, like all plant-based fibers I suppose, advertised as a warm-weather yarn; but I have been wearing this cardi and my Pomegranate sweater and just a tank top underneath, and with my Vaute Couture coat I’m perfectly toasty. (I still have to blog my Pomegranate photos, which Elizabeth took on the RISD beach back in November!)

 

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(You can tell in this shot that I didn’t pick up the wraps. Haha. Knerd alert!)

 

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I will leave you with this hilarious piece of over-the-topness (although the ladies’ costumes are definitely not vegan!):

 

6 Comments to Empire of the Sun

  1. February 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Beautimous! I’ve just started knitting and the thought of making myself a cardigan makes me feel totally overwhelmed. First I have to learn to read a pattern, then I might have a fighting chance. The sweater is gorgeous!

  2. February 21, 2014 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    I think you are super talented and super clever for knitting such a beauty! Enjoy it, with pride!

  3. February 21, 2014 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    I love it! I am so envious. I’ve always wanted to knit but the arthritis in my hands makes it not worth the pain.

  4. February 21, 2014 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    This is super cute. What tops is all off, though, is the serene smile on your lovely face!

  5. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    February 21, 2014 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    The buttons look great (as does the rest of the sweater)!

  6. March 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Wowee! What a beautiful cardigan & cheerful colours! The yoke detail looks fantastic in the yarn you used!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.
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