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March 1, 2008

From Susan — To H*LL and Back

Filed under: Roseleaves Tunic — lv2knit @ 12:04 pm

I have seen the Gates of Hell.  We will get there by virus.  OMG!  Even with a flu shot this year, I suffered for almost a week, unable to lift head from pillow.  UNABLE TO KNIT for days.  That, mes amies, is my definition of hell.  Oh well, I’m better now :)!

I have been knitting on the Roseleaves Tunic.  I cannot tell if it will be gorgeous or an absolute disaster.  It is that darned variegated yarn — I have a love-hate relationship with the handpainteds.  It is very difficult to tell how they will look.  DH is my Muggle Canary-in-the-Mines.  He has no sense of fashion (he thinks he does…), but he will comment favorably on beautiful yarns.  For instance, he loved the Merci Scarf and said so frequently.  He has not said a single word about Roseleaves — not one.  That tells me he is saying to himself, “What is she thinkin!?!  Utt-bay ugly.”  Like I said, he has no taste so that may not be enough to deter me ;)!

Here is a picture of the yoke;

The sleeves are knit top down from each side.  Here is a picture of the first sleeve, which is almost complete:

Sally says to keep knitting.  I have a long way to go: the sleeves from cuff to cuff will be 5-1/2 feet!  And then the body.  She promised to give me some of her yarn if I run out — at least I think she did 😉 !  She will, because she is so good to me!


  1. I like it! The colors are amazing and from the sections you’ve shown us, don’t detract from the pattern of the sweater. I say, keep going.

    Comment by Donna — March 1, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

  2. You poor thing! I had the flu once ~ and once was enough! It certainly packs a powerful punch. The pattern and lacework is incredible in your new venture. I am sure it will be stunning…. I usually opt for the solids and play it safe ~ You’ve got a great eye so go with it!

    Comment by Michelle — March 1, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

  3. Oh that flu can be so tough! I had it twice this winter!
    I agree with the last two comments and your sister, keep
    knitting. It’s looking very good!

    Comment by Esther — March 1, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  4. It is beautiful. Your mind’s eye must still be laden with viral particles and therefore giving you an unrealistic point of view. You may also be associating this sweater with being sick. I think it’ll look fabulous with jeans. If you hate it, I will BUY it!

    Comment by Rudee — March 1, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

  5. I, too, have a love/hate relationship with variegated fiber. That’s looking very nice, though, so don’t quit.

    Comment by kellistarr — March 3, 2008 @ 1:17 am

  6. So sorry about the flu. There are some nasty ones out there this year. I, too, tell myself that I don’t like variegated yarns, but they have a nasty habit of sneaking into my stash anyway. I love the colors in yours. I can see that you might have doubts looking at the yoke alone, but the sleeve is gorgeous and a much better indicator of what the whole will be like. I vote for continuing, as well.

    Comment by Astrid — March 3, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  7. Glad you are feeling better. Being so ill as to not be able to knit is just the pitts. I know what you mean about the variegated yarn, I always buy them thinking they are so pretty and then have reservations. They change all the time though and can look so different when the garment is completely finished. The picture of the sleeve is lovely, so I can imagine that it will be stunning once all done.

    Comment by Mindie — March 3, 2008 @ 8:28 am

  8. Susan- Oh, dear. It’s been a terrible year for flus and viruses. I’m glad you’re feeling better.

    I sometimes think that variegated yarns sometimes look better in the skein. I think that the
    pattern can handle it, and that you should continue. It looks great so far.

    Comment by Lorraine — March 3, 2008 @ 11:27 am

  9. The sleeve is looking gorgeous! My OH is the same, no words shout louder than words if you ask me! Hope you are feeling better.

    Comment by Liz — March 4, 2008 @ 6:58 am

  10. I like it so far, (your knitting is beautiful!) The colors are shaping up to be very bold, while the pattern is delicate, so maybe it’s the contrast that’s unsettling. I’d keep at it anyway….hope you’re feeling better.

    Comment by Ann — March 4, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  11. I’m glad you are feeling better, we did the same thing, got those flu shots and got the flu! It was horrible. My husband ended up in the hospital for 3 days, took 8 bags of IV fluids to get him up and outta there!
    I have that same love/hate relationship with handpaints… but I have a difficult time knitting with solid color yarns. I get bored with it, I guess the excitement of not knowing what it will look like with the handpaints keeps me knitting.
    Go figure…

    Comment by Ronda — March 9, 2008 @ 12:51 am

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