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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Finished fad

After an hour at Laguardia, an hour on a plane, an hour layover, and another hour on a plane, I finished up Fad Classic. (See, flights with connections are cheaper and provide uninterrupted knitting time.)

My parents back deck is the perfect spot for finished object photos. So many more leafy greens than in my natural-light-free studio. And my mom is a very patient photographer. Here's a close-up, sans my goofy expressions:

All in all, I'd say Fad Classic is a success. She was done on size 5 addis in Cascade Pima Tencel, which is smooth and doesn't split too easily. Despite some issues with the straps, which were all my fault because I wasn't paying close attention, this was a fun, straightforward knit. The stitch pattern is clever and cute -- kept my interest more than straight stockinette but didn't get dull. I made the body a tad longer than directed, but that was my only modification.

I'm not sure my polka dot top is the best to wear underneath the Fad Classic, but I'm only working with what's in my carry-on. (No way was I checking baggage.) It also works with just a cami underneath it, but the weather in western Pennsylvania this time of year isn't conducive to something sleeveless.

Gotta get back to relaxing, but here's a sneak peek of what I'm making mom for her birthday -- French bistro top.


Blogger michelleknits said...

it looks GREAT (and you really are super super fast!) and actually, i really like it with that top.

hmmm, how many skeins of pima tencel? i've been wanting to use that yarn for something...

11:02 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Love it!! I'm making mine in the exact same color!! I'm crusing along and getting ready to start some shaping here soon. I have a couple weekends of traveling in a row, so I should have an FO to show off in no time!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Sluggo said...

I home you had a relaxing mini-vacation. Your latest project is another smash hit.

Get some rest. You deserve it.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Aaah... very cute! Almost as fast as if you crocheted it, huh?

Enjoy the time with your fam.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

So, so, so cute! It really turned out well. I love the color choice. Nice choice for Mom's gift too. What color will it be?
Hope the weekend was great!

12:32 AM  
Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

Woo hoo! That looks awesome. I love the vibrant red, it looks amazing with your hair. I think even the trees in the background were checking you out!

1:41 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I love it - that might be a great way for me to liven up my summer wardrobe without a total overhaul. Looks great against all those beautiful trees.

5:39 AM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

very cute!

now when are you going to stop by eastern penn.?!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Fab classic is fantastic! I looks really cute on you (and I do really like the polka dot layered look).

Enjoy the trees and outdoors and family time! And if you are in Pittsburgh at any point, you should definitely check out Knit One in Squirrel Hill.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

It looks incredible. I really love that!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Carrieoke said...

cutecutecute! It looks great, Carrie! And I love what you're making your mom.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

This looks wonderful. I'm re-inspired to try my hand at Fad Classic. Western PA? Did we already discuss this? I'm from Pittsburgh originally...

9:56 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Fad looks fab!! Lovely color, and fit. You parents' backyard is so pretty. It would be perfect for knitting away an afternoon.

10:06 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Very nice. I wasn't too sure about this pattern when Wendy first offered it up on her site, but I do like your longer, redder version. Once again, Carrie transforms a pattern I didn't think I liked into something beautiful. Oh, and I like it with the polka-dots!

10:10 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

how fabulous!!! the fad classic will never go out of style :)

have a nice relaxing time away from the big city. enjoy all that green!

11:03 AM  
Anonymous amanda said...

Fabulous!!! Great job and so quick! Hope you had a nice trip to see the fam.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

It looks awesome! I MUST make one, I'm afraid. It's just too darn cute and versatile! And fast to knit! I think I need to do a little stash diving...

12:41 PM  
Blogger Mmmmrissa said...

I love it ! You really are whipping out projects.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Biglug said...

Too cute!

Have fun on your little vacation - the weather in PA has been crazy back and forth between gorgeous and chilly.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Joelene said...

I really like it! I may even consider it! I am trying to find work approate knits, and I think this fits!

and I love the polka dots, they work!

2:10 PM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

Love it! You have inspired me to try one too. I'm from westren Pa as well & you are right the weather was not very nice this week for that kind of sweater.

2:35 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

SO cute! You did a wonderful job. And I think it actually looks adorable over shirt.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

you look adorable in fad classic! I love it! I definetely have to knit one up for myself real soon.

And yay!! I'll be seeing more of you real soon. wahoo. btw, i'll be in town for memorial day weekend so i'll probably stop by your mini b-day soiree. Could you possible send some directions my way, tho? Thanks. :)

4:11 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I love it!! You have me seriously thinking I don't have enough vests in my wardrobe!

5:45 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

so cute! i cast on for this on Sat. Looks like it's a spidery fave (lisa is also working on it!)

Glad to have you back, although your parents' backyard looks so nice and green!!!

5:49 PM  
Blogger marie in florida said...

WOW* beautiful tank!!! much nicer than any of the crochet from back in the 70's shrinks we old folks used to wear. when i first looked at it i thought it was crochet, nothing new but...well..just WOW and thanks for showing me that site. fad classic is not something i could wear myself as i no longer have that kind of figure but ladies i love do, beautitful!

8:42 PM  
Blogger Norah said...

That's so cute!!!

1:59 AM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

Wow! That top didn't thrill me when I saw it at Knit and Tonic, but it looks great on you! I might have to reconsider.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Carrie, it looks great! I love the vibrant red you chose! I like yours better than the original ;)

Your mom is a lucky lady - that new crochet piece is beautiful.

Hope you had a good weekend with the family~

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Your fad classis looks awesome and I think the polka dot top looks adorable with it!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

That realy was fast! But the vacation flying does help ~ that's one of the real perks about going out of town for me usually, lay-over or not. Knitting time! Have fun with the greenery.

3:44 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

faboo! great job!

7:43 PM  
Blogger Kuka said...

sooo cute!
i totally love it
really enjoy reading your blog =)

4:41 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Looks great! I started mine when I was at MDS&W, but I didn't gauge and I think I have to start over on larger needles. Poo.....

And I'm jealous that you got to meet Michelle in NY. She was my SP5 pal, and she's great!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Saun said...

I'm liking your Fad Classic in red. I haven't seen it in any other color but the original green and I like it better after seeing yours.

11:47 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

You are so cute! I like your hair up in a ponytail. You did a great job on your Red Fab classic top. I bet you had a nice visit with your parents!

8:04 PM  
Blogger Nettie said...

This is lovely on you. I like that it's looser than the other versions I've seen.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I also like it over that shirt - it looks great!

Hope you had a nice time in PA!

9:31 AM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

Gorgeous - especially with those leaves in the background - really makes the red pop!!

3:48 PM  

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