Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Elegant Ella...

Modeled by the lovely Miss Diane is...
Ella designed by Wendy Wonnacott
Yarn: Four Play by Brooks Farm Yarns in Golden Splendor 2; 270 yds per skein, 3 skeins used
Needles: Size 10 US Clover bamboo circular
Finished measurements taken after a full day of wear: Panel width: 16 inches wide
Outer tip to center bottom: 50 inches

The measurements are a bit larger than Wendy's Ella. There may be several reasons for this:
1. My gauge may have been slightly off - totally possible given my well known gauge handicap.
2. I took the measurements after a full day of wear. The yarn certainly looks more stretched out than it did this morning.
3. I may have blocked it a little too zealously. As I look at the close up picture, I notice white between the stitches. I am a complete rookie blocker.
And it could be a combination of all 3.
Please feel free to share your thoughts with me. I'd appreciate it.

I really enjoyed knitting with the Four Play - it's soft, with a subtle sheen. I think it's the first silk blend I have worked with, and I will definitely work with it again. Another Ella even. The pattern requires concentration, but it's such a cool looking pattern that it was worth it. And really not too difficult.

And this, I believe, I will keep. For me.


16 comments:

Kim said...

Oh it's beautiful!!!

Zonda said...

Beautiful job, beautiful yarn...hehe I have 3 skeins of 4 play...

Areli said...

Your Ella is beautiful! I think it's my favorite that I have seen. The colors you chose are so pretty. Definitely a treasure!

Stefanie said...

it looks marvelous! I love the color combination.

Thea said...

what great stuff. You have done some great patterns here - I must check out that garter belt site... Love your ella yarn, what gorgeous colors.

Rain said...

Ooo it's gorgeous.

I think you definitely deserve to keep it.

Jerry & Maxy said...

I'm working on my blog etiquette, and I think replying here is appropriate...if it's better to reply to each of you via email, someone, please tell me! :-)

Thank you thank you thank you, kim, zonda, areli, stefanie, thea, and rain for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog. It's SOOOoooooOOO exciting to get comments (new blogger here!)

kim - how's progress? have you started the other arm? wing ;)?

z - I'm jealous of your 4 play. What's your plan for it?

areli & stefanie & thea - the 4 play was my first on line purchase, and WOW were the colors different on my monitor/in my memory. I was thrilled with what arrived on my doorstep, but it was a surprise! a very pleasant surprise.

and thea, the garter belt has some GREAT patterns. In my opinion.

rain, I am keeping it :)

Cheers everyone.

Erica said...
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Erica said...

It's SO PRETTY! Plus it looks awesome next to Diane's hair--quite striking.
(I personally think the blocking job is excellent, but it's your personal preference and based on what you want the finished fabric to do/look like, etc.)

Jerry & Maxy said...

Thanks, Erica. It does look lovely on the oh-so-pretty Miss Diane. I'm fairer haired, but I don't hink it washes me out too much.

Where oh where can I see one of your crochet bikinis!

monkeemaven said...

ZIBGROUPIE!!!

Kim said...

Just popping through on weekly Stashalong patrol--have a great weekend!

Zonda said...

Glad you are keeping it! As for my 4 play...nothing yet...so many wip's going on...

Kim said...

Actually I'm done! Woohoo!! I'm going to block tonight and will have pictures tomorrow :o)

Oh, and you've been tagged!

How did you block her?

Jerry & Maxy said...

Yeah, Kim!!!

I was out of town for work, so I just got your comment. I soaked her in Eucalen for 10 minutes and then spread her out on my guest bed - pinned just a little. When I di it again, I won't stretch her out so much.

What does it mean to be tagged?

Liz said...

Wow! That's gorgeous! Nice use of some lovely yarn!

(hi, I linked from your post on my friend Ruth's blog)