19 November, 2006

Brocade leaves sweater - ready to start

I am going with the Brocade Leaves sweater this time (my name for it). The others are gorgeous, too, and I hope I can make them in the future. I have still not yet made more than one sweater out of any one book, but it's good to have dreams, right?

The saturated colors in the brocade leaves are just so beautiful to me.


The yarn came in 100g hanks and 50g hanks. I love yarn that comes in hanks like this. They look so sensual, compared to the usual prosaic skeins.



Gorgeous blues for the body



And the peach, pinks, green, ochre, and white for the border.

I leave you with some shots of my original Oleana jacket, which is the same one you can see in the sidebar. I hope they inspire. The colors are more beautiful in real life, among other things, the light colored stripe is a pretty green, but at least you can see the pattern. It's knit of a finer wool, so it is more detailed than the patterns in the book, and it has velvet trim.
I loved it, and dreamed of it for years, before I managed to buy it.




25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous colors, and you really are a fantastic knitter to be able to knit such intricate colorwork. Love the colors that you chose too.

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  2. Love the hanks of gorgeous yarn! I think that may secretly be part of the reason I hesitate to begin mine. The hanks are so pretty as is! Your Oleana sweater is lovely. Maybe one day we can see a modelled picture of it, along with the brocade leaves, of course.

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  3. That's going to be gorgeous when you finish. What do you think of the yarn?

    Thanks for the close up of your Oleana jacket! I really love that style.

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  4. Oh my goodness, your Oleana jacket is like a gorgeous tapestry! And I just love the rich blues of your brocade leaves. I'm going to enjoy looking at it while you knit so do post lots of work in progress photos.

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  5. Is the yarn the Rauma you told me about? It looks gorgeous all laying there... your Oleana jacket is incredible! I would alternate between wanting to wear it everyday, and hiding it in the cedar closet for fear of moths...

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  6. Too bad the internet doesn't allow for tactile sensations. I want to squeeze a hank. The colors are great and it looks so soft!

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  7. It is good to have dreams, and Brocade leaves sweater is one of my dreams. So beautiful - and the yarn looks *sigh* ...

    Enjoy feeling Norwegian :)

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  8. oh wow! i am so glad you chose the brocade leaves sweater. the colours are indeed gorgeous.

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  9. ooh, it's like the opening credits of a movie you just know is going to be sensational! I'm on the edge of my seat!

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  10. utterly, deliciously beautiful. I'm astounded at your gift!

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  11. What a wonderful choice! I love, love all the colors...can't wait to see you start to work it up.
    The Oleana jacket is gorgeous. all those luscious shades of pink and purple...mmm

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  12. I am completely in awe of your knitting skills, that gorgeous yarn, the brocade leaves pattern (gasp) and your Oleana jacket(multiple gasps), I am so looking forward to watching the progress, and yes, would love to see a photo of you wearing the Oleana.

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  13. I'm excited! It would take a long time, I guess. Keep us posted on the progress ... I, for one, would be eager to read about that.

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  14. Your Oleana is stunning! I love the colors in both it, and your 'Brocade Leaves'. I look forward to watching it unfold from your sticks!

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  15. Hei! Drister meg til en kommentar på norsk. Fikk tips om bloggen din fra Elisabeth. Er skikkelig misunnelig på det garnet. Har også lyst til å strikke den genseren, men jeg har så mye annet jeg har lyst til å lage også...
    Flott blogg! Hilsen Elin (som jobber sammen med Elisabeth)

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  16. Your knitting is beautiful! I love the Brocade Leaves you are about to knit. Will definitely visit your blog more often to watch progress.

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  17. My gosh, this is definitely inspiring - such amazing colors, and your knitting is just so beautiful, you're a true artist!
    Fantastic choice on the Brocade Leaves sweater, I fell in love with this pattern and the colors when you first showed us the pic - and mind you, I can't wait to see your sweater coming along, it's going to be a real masterpiece!

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  18. I'm jealous! I wish I was ableto knit such beautiful fair isle like that! More patience than I have. Fabulous!

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  19. you are always brilliant with intricate patterns !! love that blue yarn:)

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  20. I am speechless -- for the sweater you knitted and the one you are going to knit. I love all of those bright colors!!

    I can't wait to see the progress photos.

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  21. I finished this sweater earlier this year. Just got cool enough to wear it. http://www.angelfire.com/blog/swatchy/gallery2006.htm

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  22. Absolutely amazing sweater! I am in awe of your knitting skills and your color sense. Hope all is well and you are ready for your Christmas to begin.

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  23. Wow - I can't wait to see this when you're done! Love the colors.

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  24. The jacket is beautiful. I'd love one of those. It's just gorgeous. Love the skeins of yarn too.

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