Saturday, March 15, 2014

Nae scarf, and more bumps in the sewing road

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Another easy-peasy knit scarf has come off my needles.  This one is Nae by Anat Rodan.  And look at that yarn, mmmmm.  It is Malabrigo Sock, in Ochre.  I love that antique gold color.  Straw and pollen and honey.  Malabrigo is the softest yarn in the world, I think. 

Notice, too, the dress underneath it:

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Taupe voile, silky-soft, it looks like my mother’s Girl Scout uniform from 1950, which, by the way, is the best possible recommendation as far as I can tell.   Sadly, due to the, er, clingy quality of the very delicate fabric, contrasted against the backdrop of my, er, largely sedentary self, this dress might my most beautiful failure.  From Clothing for everyday wear by Yoshiko Tsukiori , it is so pretty, but also pretty unflattering; this is the second time in a row I’ve forgotten that I am not a waif, but I refuse to be deterred.  I love the designs in that book, and I will sew something I can wear.  On the hunt now for some lightweight linen, preferably in (wait for it) mushroom gray.  Any ideas? 

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Oh, that’s a nice palette.  Worth it, just for that. 

22 comments:

  1. Oh it is such a BUM when you put in the effort and it is not as dazzling as you wanted it to be. However, the scarf is to die for so keep your eyes peeled. Jo x

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  2. Oh boy that scarf is a beaut. Malabrigo is never dissappointing.
    Sorry about the dress. It looks like you did a great job on it. I like the buttons with the loop closure and the shaping on the sleeves. I can't tell you how many times I have had one of those Japanese pattern books in my cart somewhere and never hit the button, just for the reasons you described above. But they look so darn easy to wear/make. Fabric-store.com sells some great linen fabric. If anyone can make it work, you can!

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  3. Your dress and scarf look wonderful. I think you should wear your dress with pride, perhaps put some leggings underneath and with your scarf will look brilliant.
    Kind wishes
    Wendy

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  4. Love the shawl... I just want to get up tomorrow morning and start one just like it... I love the yellow (yellow is one of my favorite colors... So bright and shiny like the sun) and I'm sure your dress is great ... I know you can find a creative way of wearing it ....you are so creative and have such an impeccable taste .

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  5. I think that both your scarf and dress are beautiful - I bet you look lovely in both, don't be so hard on yourself - wear them both with your head held high, you did a great job.

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  6. That is lovely and I love the colour :)

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  7. the scarf is stunning!!!! I'd put the dress away for awhile and see if you don't like it better in a couple months. I don't know why, but that works sometimes in this household....I think sometimes I get too close to a project and too critical. It's quite lovely!!! I hope it finds some love.

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  8. Are you sure you can't wear it - you always look so elegant and slim to me and always like the sort of person who sets trends we all want to follow. In other words effortless stylish. I agree that it might suit being worn with leggings.

    Sometimes I just feel self conscious about wearing certain things as I feel uncomfortable but it would probably look fine. At the moment I've been trying to work out what length I should make a dress, as regardless of the state of my legs (they aren't bad but not good either), I would feel wrong having too much of them exposed. It's an age thing I think. I'm starting making some clothes as there seems to be so little around to buy that I even like.
    Sara

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  9. That scarf is just lovely! Was it just the one skein?

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    1. It's about 1.4 skeins, I think--still quite a bit left on the second one. :)

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  10. Beautiful scarf!! Hope that you work something out with the dressmaking!! xx

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  11. Kristen, as someone else has already written, I would not give up on that beautiful dress just yet. Maybe it you give it and yourself a few months (while warmth returns to our part of the globe) you might look at you all together in a different way.

    The color combo of the dress and your newest scarf is so pretty. It's a color pairing that I cannot wear, so I admire it from my discrete distance. I might just try to knit one of these myself. Admit that I am still a few rows away (plus blocking) from actually completing Ysolda's Follow Your Arrow mystery scarf project. Might complete it this week, but of course, I've also already got a few other projects on the needles.

    Still hoping for spring weather...and thant tomorrow's forecast snow just passes us both by. Enough!

    xo

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  12. dear kristen, i think the dress needs to come to california ;) LOVE your shawl, i've had nae queued for ever, must make it too now!

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  13. I sympathize! I seem to remember my shape completely different than it actually is. I suppose it is good for the self esteem to feel like I look like I am still 24. Hmm. Lovely scarf, lovely dress. These days, I'm sewing up all the a line/empire waist goodies from Oliver & S and Citronille, much more flattering to the hips!

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  14. I am kind of afraid of the colour yellow. Maybe its my fair skin and hair talking, or maybe its that this Canadian winter seems to have taken all those pretty pastels out of my yarn stash. But this is so beautiful. Even the sunshine-yellow colour :)

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  15. The scarf is a total winner, the colour is so golden and comforting. The dress looks pretty good to me, very vintage, right up my Strasse. How about some bias binding in a strong colour at the sleeve edges and collar? Maybe bottle green or muddy brown to reinforce the period vibe.

    Jean x

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  16. Beautiful scarf! and considering I knwo how to knit only baisc pattern, this pne seesm so complicated! :) I love your sewing and knitting adventures! Keep it up!

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  17. a really beautiful scarf -- love the stitch definition. Being a newbie knitter I am dying to try the much-touted Malabrigo. I think that dress looks really quite nice. If I didn't have a thick middle, I'd love to wear one so nice. Perhaps if you hang it in the closet for a bit and then try it on again, you may feel differently. Lovely sewing.

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  18. Being British, and having lived in Scotland - I interpret the title of this post as 'No scarf, and more bumps...' and was confused to find that there actually *is* a scarf, after all! 'Nae' being Scottish dialect-ish for 'no', of course.

    Ah, this funny shared language of ours!

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  19. oh I love your nae very much especially the color! I loved knitting that pattern so simple but striking.

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  20. I think that the scarf and the dress are both lovely. Sorry that you dont feel as lovely in the dress as you had hoped. Maybe though it would make a lovely present for someone ... If I was your sister I would be very happy.

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  21. Knit and dress were made for one another ... such lovely colours!

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