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Thursday, June 16, 2005

MG: Lelah!



here is my Lelah. thank you Christine! thanks for a gorgeous pattern and for enticing me into lace knitting. i used 4 balls (50g) of Jaeger Cadiz (50% silk/50% viscose). other than stitch/row adjustments for a customized fit, i followed the pattern scrupulously.

Lelah was quick and satisfying to knit, but the finishing process involved lots of procrastination on my part. i was intimidated by the elastic casing across the top, so it took me a while to procure the proper thread--clear nylon (to hide inexperienced hand-sewing). then it was another long while before i gathered myself to sew. though my effort is a bit wonky in places, it really was less scary than i thought.

i wanted spaghetti straps for my version of Lelah, since strapless makes me feel self-conscious. my straps are crocheted chains (same for the empire waist tie), but attaching them became another time-extending event. the first time around, i was in a rush. i put on the top, hurrily pinned the straps in place, and got sewing. the results were less than stellar--too close in front and too short.

i learned the importance of proper straps. knitted fabrics stretch to any pulling force, greatly altering the lines of the garment (in this case: unflattering). so i took another long hiatus to ponder placement and to summon the will for ripping out the first try. i finally made the second effort this week. i took my time, measured for length rather then pinning them. i'm finally happy and done; no more fussing! closeup of the straps (two strands at each shoulder):


my favorite part of Lelah is the lace. i loved knitting it. more lace stitches with medium weight yarn in my future i think!

10 comments:

  1. oh my. that is really really pretty. shoot, you're making me want to knit another one just so i can put straps on it. and deciding on two crocheted strings? genious, i tell ya. great great job there ;)

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  2. That's a great FO there. I'm doing it in black, but looking at yours, I think I'm having second thoughts! :)

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  3. That's beautiful--I really like the addition of straps. I might have to move this up on my "to be knitted" list.

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  4. oh MY that really is stunning. I am so impressed... I'm not usually taken by lace knitting but that is just PERFECT in every way. love the slight gather under the bust, love the straight edge at the top balanced by the scalloped edge at the bottom, love the length of it, love the addition of the straps (gorgeous crochet chain, and gorgeous to put two on either side)... oooh. Love it all. It really suits you, too! gorgeous x

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  5. I think its the most beautiful thing Ive seen in a long time. Your work is exquisite. Wow wow wow, did I say WOW?

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  6. So very pretty, awesome job.

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  7. Gorgeous! What a wonderful top. Great job!

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  8. Girl! That top is FINE! Really, so lovely. Now, if I were a bit younger, I'd give that one a shot. Love how you added some little straps. Too nice for words...

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  9. boy, you are one sexy babe!

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  10. That top is really pretty. And the double straps are so delicate looking. Very nice job and it looks like it was worth all of the fuss.

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