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March 19, 2009

From Sally — Lost in Translation

Filed under: Large Lace Collar — surly @ 1:32 pm

My Large Lace Collar is finally completely finished! It’s a beautiful pattern, beautiful yarn, but I’m a slow knitter. As much as I love my Bohus, I’ll be very happy to work on something else without a black cloud of guilt, merino, and angora hanging over my head.

I apologize in advance for the quality of today’s pictures. The lighting is not ideal for photography today. This is a soft, subtle project, which makes it even harder to capture properly. It gets a bit lost in translation. However, I’ll subject you to them anyway (even though you might be getting as tired of this project as I was).

A rare shot of an actual person in the sweater:

Here are some close up views of the hem and cuff:

For those of you who appreciate the technical details, here is a photo of the underarm. Look, ma, no seams! (Note the little white hairs; DNA from my little assistant.)

Here’s a photograph of the wrong side of the yoke for the more prurient knitters out there. (You know who you are.)

Finally, one last shot of the yoke.

So pretty. Le sigh.


  1. Fabulous!!! And no, I’m not sick of it. I’m always amazed at the execution of your projects. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Maria — March 19, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  2. We blog readers could never be sick of your projects. It’s gorgeous!

    Comment by Kay-From the Back Yard — March 19, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

  3. WOW. It is Fabulous.

    Comment by Wanda in AR — March 19, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

  4. Wow! Beautiful!

    Comment by Rikke — March 19, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

  5. Amazing workmanship! You should be so proud. It is really beautiful and worth all the time you spent on it.

    Comment by Francis — March 19, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  6. Incredible. It is beyond gorgeous. The perfect sweater, one that will be beautiful no matter what fashion trends prevail.

    Comment by Luni — March 19, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

  7. especially love the edging details, and the little underarm gussets. the sweater looks lovely on both models.

    Comment by dana — March 19, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

  8. Amazing! I could never get tired of looking at something so beautiful. And the floats…. I aspire to some day making such tidy floats. (For now I’ll stick with weaving…)

    Comment by BeckyS — March 19, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

  9. You inspired me to have a go and I’ve done so – but with the tam/scarf version of this design. The tam is all but finished (just a few rounds left), and I’ve had such fun with it and learned a new skill, so thankyou, most sincerely.
    Your sweater is beautiful and you should be deservedly proud of it and of what you’ve started elsewhere!

    Comment by Cornflower — March 19, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

  10. That *is* wonderful! Congrats on finishing such a gorgeous, well-fitting sweater.

    Comment by June — March 19, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  11. Very beautiful!! It’s a masterpiece!

    Comment by Alice from france — March 19, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  12. Delurking to say it’s AMAZINGLY beautiful!

    Comment by Maggie — March 19, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  13. You’ll feel like a queen every time you wear it or see it in your drawer!

    Comment by Nancy — March 19, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

  14. Gorgeous!!!!!

    Comment by Bonnie — March 19, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

  15. Holy cow, that is beautiful.

    Comment by Susan — March 19, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

  16. It’s just lovely! Another prize-winner! I hope you will submit it in the Md S&W.

    Comment by Trudy — March 19, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

  17. Absolutely NOT tired of it. Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures – especially the “inside’ one. I really like the edgings you chose. It’s a thing of beauty – hope you enjoy it for a good long time!

    Comment by Pam — March 19, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

  18. Pretty indeed. It is beautiful.

    Comment by Brenda — March 19, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  19. Gasp! That’s all, just gasp!

    Comment by twinsetellen — March 19, 2009 @ 7:22 pm


    Comment by Eileen Fry — March 19, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

  21. Looks beautiful. And all hand knits should be adorned by the hair of at least one pet.

    Comment by Valerie — March 19, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  22. I’m not tired of it — just afraid that if I see how gorgeous it is again, I’ll be tempted to start one of my own (and I’ll never make it through all that plain stockinette).

    Comment by Lissa — March 19, 2009 @ 8:19 pm


    Comment by Michelle — March 19, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  24. It’s gorgeous. I’m so glad the sweater length could be fixed. It’s beautiful work (even the inside, yes, I’m one of those… can’t help it). I do understand the boring nature of row after row of black…but, it was certainly worth it. I’ve bumped this sweater up on my TODO list…right after I finish all the current WIPS…yeah, sure, you betcha…

    Comment by Gayle — March 19, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

  25. Wow! So pretty..le sigh indeed 🙂

    Comment by Minh Hoang — March 19, 2009 @ 10:01 pm

  26. From Susan — It is truly a work of art and sure to place VERY well at Md Sheep and Wool! I will help you deliver the lil sucker!

    Comment by lv2knit — March 19, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

  27. Wow! It is truly splendid! I can’t believe how perfect it looks even on the inside!

    Comment by Evie — March 19, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

  28. Uff da! Dat’s a beaut.

    Comment by kerry — March 19, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

  29. The sweater is truly gorgeous! I’m insanely jealous. ;>)

    Comment by Shelagh (Yarnfanatic) — March 20, 2009 @ 1:37 am

  30. Beautiful!

    Comment by Soo — March 20, 2009 @ 4:17 am

  31. I have never left a comment here, I just lurk around the edges, but I have to say that this is probably the most stunning sweater I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing its creation with us.

    Comment by Chris — March 20, 2009 @ 4:27 am

  32. That is sooo beautiful! I love your changes, and truly admire your technique and skill. I also convert to the round whenever possible.

    Comment by Astrid — March 20, 2009 @ 7:06 am

  33. that…is stunning

    Comment by michael — March 20, 2009 @ 7:47 am

  34. Holy Cow that is a stunner! I am completely inspired. Slow and steady wins the race.

    Comment by Kati — March 20, 2009 @ 8:59 am

  35. I’m another lurker, stunned into commenting: That is flat-out, I-surrender gorgeous. I don’t know which is more beautiful, the inside or the outside. And your sweater-wearer does it justice.

    Comment by vpurl — March 20, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  36. This is mesmerizing!!! Many, many hours, but well worth it! Someday I will be so adventurous. Congrats!!

    Comment by Pixie — March 20, 2009 @ 10:07 am

  37. Fantastic!

    Comment by Jaclyn Bailey — March 20, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  38. Absolutely gorgeous! Looks so lovely ON as well. Beautiful workmanship.

    Comment by sonja poor — March 20, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  39. Gorgeous, timeless, classic, beautiful. Couldn’t be better. Wow.

    I aspire…..

    Comment by LaurieM — March 20, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  40. Oh my! It is an absolute thing of beauty, down to the impeccable underarm grafting and the ikat-like stranding on the inside of the yoke. Thank you for keeping no secrets from us! I am in awe.

    Comment by Laura — March 20, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  41. It was worth the stockinette. This is absolutely stunning, and it suits you very well!

    Comment by Luisa — March 20, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

  42. Ohhhh, soooo gorgeous!

    Comment by Jan — March 20, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

  43. Delurking to say… it’s absolutely stunning – inside and out!

    Comment by Karen — March 20, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

  44. Oh Sally, that is such a beautiful sweater! you are a true inspiration to us all!

    Comment by Eryka Jackson — March 20, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

  45. The sweater is absolutely positively gorgeous, the inside as well as the outside. Congratulations!

    Comment by technikat — March 21, 2009 @ 2:32 am

  46. Oh, beautiful. Thank you for sharing, especially the detail shots.

    Comment by Kathleen — March 21, 2009 @ 8:52 am

  47. Breathtaking!

    Comment by soxanne — March 21, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  48. Beautiful – Beautiful – Beautiful I’m almost ready to try, maybe the tam. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Marion — March 21, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  49. A thing of beauty! Inside and out.

    Comment by lilly — March 21, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

  50. Impressive and exquisitely beautiful. Thanks for all the detailed pics. Especially the verso of the yoke. What gorgeous stitches!

    I am taking Susanna’s Bohus wristlets class next month in preparation for the Blue Shimmer sweater kit that I bought after viewing the exhibit at the ASI.

    Comment by dachsgirlknits — March 22, 2009 @ 11:53 am

  51. Oh wow, this is absolutely STUNNING!

    Comment by Lynn — March 22, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

  52. Your knitting is so perfect that you could wear the sweater inside-out and it would still be gorgeous!!

    Comment by Elaine — March 23, 2009 @ 9:18 am


    Comment by Angela — March 23, 2009 @ 10:28 am

  54. Breathtaking! Thank you for these photos. A finished Bohus is a real victory, a beautiful thing to cherish forever and to pass on to your children and they to their children. I really appreciated the photo of the underside: you are truly an accomplished knitter.

    Comment by victoria — March 23, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

  55. Just gorgeous!

    Comment by Lani — March 26, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  56. Stunning! And exquisite worksmanship. Thanks for showing the reverse side, I guess I must be one of those prurient knitters. I can’t imagine having to knit all of that stockinette in think black yarn on tiny needles – it makes my eyes scream. But it’s fabulous, and a real treasure.

    Comment by Cheryl S. — March 29, 2009 @ 11:02 am

  57. Holy cow! That is gorgeous (inside and out)!

    Comment by Octopus Knits — April 13, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  58. I have been thinking of doing this garment for a long time but the neck has been a problem for me to decide. Your lace neck was s beautiful but how to do it?? where can I find a description?

    Comment by Marianne Johansson — March 28, 2016 @ 6:28 am

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