3.03.2011

FO: Daybreak

One of my goals for this year is to knit things that I will actually wear. It seems like a simple enough resolution, but in actual practice pretty difficult, at least for me. I often get swept away by how a project is styled in a magazine or book and irrationally decide on the spot to cast on for it. Never mind that I will never look or dress at all like one of those romantic heroines in the Rowan magazines. At least I can have their sweater, right? But then that very same sweater ends up in the back of my closet, never to be worn more than a couple of times. This year, I am consciously editing my knitting choices to things that are more practical to my personal style or lack thereof. That's not to say that I will forgo all fantasy knitting...a girl can dream. But for my everyday outfit of jeans, t-shirt and sneakers, something like Daybreak is just the thing to add a little knitter's swagger to my steps.


It was such a fun and relaxing knit, requiring no drama at all.


 The end result is a warm, colorful and versatile accessory....


....that goes with my favorite kicks.


(hey, I hear there's a party over at Tami's blog! Go check out these cool FO's)

11 comments:

  1. An excellent resolution, and a lovely shawl!

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  2. That is a really cute little shawl. HOWEVER, I have no qualms of taking your neglected hand-knit sweaters off your hands and incorporating them into my wardrobe for you. =P I can do the whole romantical thing for a handknit ;)

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  3. Beautiful shawl! I haven't made a Daybreak yet, but maybe it would help me use up some of the stack of leftover fingering yarn that continues to grow here.

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  4. I know exactly what you mean about wanting to create things that you'll end up not wearing---I have to resist patterns all the time! (Although my laziness about making anything big enough to actually wear helps in that regard.)

    This shawl turned out stunningly, the colours and stripes are amazing, and it has wonderful drape any way you drape it. Definitely a wearable item. :)

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  5. I have the same fear. Once I start making sweaters/clothes, I'll make all the pretty ones, not the ones that will actually look good one me. LOL Your daybreak turned out great and I LOVE your shoes.

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  6. That turned out great! I have a problem with making things I never wear too, although that's mostly because the things I make for myself never fit right.

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  7. I made the same resolution this year after a bad experience with a fingering weight halter top. And I love your Daybreak. I may have to break down and make one for myself now.

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  8. I love the stripes and the colors you chose! Awesome job.

    I had to laugh at your first paragraph, because I do the same thing. I always picture myself wearing the sweaters like a Rowan model, scowling in the middle of a field or in a cafe in Italy or something, rather than me wearing them in my real life, going to work and the grocery store. : )

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  9. Fantastic shawl, looks like you will get alot of use out of it

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  10. Very nice! I often have the same problem - I knit things I can never wear. I need something that go well with my Asics, LOL! Your shawl came out wonderful!

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  11. Love the shawl, what great colors. My problem is I never make anything for myself. I always feel like well that can wait until I get x y z done for charity. They need it more then me...sometimes I get as far as buying the yarn. Then fritter it away a little here and little there in other projects.
    Sandy

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