Tuesday, January 8, 2008

FO: Sable

Tangerine Nightmare has a new name to go with its new look. May I present...Sable:



Pattern: Tilted Duster by Norah Gaughan, from the Fall 2007 Interweave Knits. (Except that it's totally different. For details, see here.)

Size: 36. Do not be fooled into believing that, just because you have a 36 inch (or in my case, a 34 inch) chest, knitting this size will fit. The body is narrow and the sleeves cannot possibly be wearable by any normal-sized human. I made these sleeves two inches wider than the pattern calls for, and I have the skinniest arms on the planet, and they just. barely. fit.

Materials: Louisa Harding Kimono Angora in an almost unimaginable orange and magenta colorway. (I'm not sure if it was ugly or beautiful. But staring at it for any length of time did make me feel a little nauseated--hence the dye.)

Dye: One bottle RIT dye from the grocery store, in black, which resulted in this actually quite lovely shade of heathered chocolately brown, flecked with black and purple, which I am calling sable.

Needles: Size 8 US Knit Picks Options circular.

For pictures of the same sweater in its original colorway, please click on the link under "Pattern" above. It's amazing the difference a color change makes! I would be very interested to see which one you prefer.

32 comments:

trek said...

Major difference!

Sharon said...

I love it!

On your last post, I was actually going to vote against dyeing it black...but you obviously know your stuff, and the results are just smashing. Beautiful heathering. From one dyer to another, my hat's off to you.

Kim said...

LOVE IT! What difference from the orange nightmare. I think your versionis way better than the original Tilted Duster in IK.

The_Add_Knitter said...

OMG (to use a tween expression) it looks amazing! And I am now shuddering in horror as I realize that I have a whole sweaters worth of THAT SAME color way in the Louisa Harding....I bought it thinking it would be pretty...ughsters, I'm screwed!

John said...

Definitely the brown--I think it even completely changes the look of the sweater...LOVE it! You did an amazing job!

janet said...

Sable gets my vote. Interesting that this project started with yarn and a pattern that you didn't really like. Then again how many times have you worked on something that you thought would be great only to find it was a big dud? Can't wait to see it in "real life" BTW Did you get the sleeves long enough?

dale-harriet said...

Well, my dear, I have to tell you: that may be the most BEAUTIFUL sweater I have ever seen in my whole life, and it looks just so grand on you! I'd have to call that a 100% success. It's such a wondrous *shape* that sweater - I bow before you! Signed me, inveterate knitter of only triangle shawls and simple toques. (world's HAPPIEST knitter of triangle shawls &c,might I add)

Sarah said...

It looks so good! Looks 100% worth the effort.

Viktoria said...

love it! that's a great color!

melissaknits said...

absolutely beautiful!!

Katie said...

It looks absolutely amazing! What a change from the tangerine nightmare!

Life's a Stitch said...

Brilliant! I've been looking at that pattern, thanks for the hints.
Li

Gail said...

Wow... you totally saved this sweater!

stitchywitch said...

I love it! Definitely better after the dye job. And kudos for reworking those sleeves... they are unbelievably tiny aren't they?

sophanne said...

I too will now believe all you say when you say it's time to dye something.

Karen said...

It looks fabulous! I like it much better than the original color.

Olga said...

hey, it came out great. Ritz dye is so useful, my friend dyed all the carpet in her house with it-no lie!

Angelika said...

Very nice job on the dying. I liked it before too.

knottykitty said...

Great job on Sable! I love the new version---so much more complimentary to the look of the sweater! Your knitting and pattern-modifying abilities never cease to amaze me! :)

Lydee said...

Wow! Looks good! I love the changes you made to sweater pattern too!

Jen C said...

Fantastic! The dye job makes all the difference. Great mods on the pattern too.

kmkat said...

Excellent. Just excellent.

Sarah said...

WOW. Big difference! I love it!

a friend to knit with said...

i missed the day you posted it as tangerine. sable is absolutely perfect. i LOVE it. i just think as sable it will get worn so much more! excellent decision!

Stephanie said...

I like this one soooo much better! I think it looks great on you!

Bea said...

Wow, this is my favorite Tilted Duster yet! The new color looks so pretty on you!

Romi said...

That is exquisite! It looks fabulous on you! And I love the color!

Haley said...

love the new color. looks great! like the symmetry too.

Patty said...

It's gorgeous...in sable. I bow before you, my hero! Anyone who spends that much work on a project (even if you do hate the colour) and then has the nerve to DYE it, deserves a significant knitterly medal.

Anonymous said...

The sweater looks great. I made the same Tilted Duster but I did not decrease on the front. I thought this would make a great maternity sweater. My co-worker is wearing it today! She is warm (in our really cold Sacramento Valley weather) and looks really nice.

frnd4vr
Northern California

theresa said...

What a great before & after story. I like yours more than the original in IK! I've been tempted to try dyeing an ecru (or white) sweater with tea...any experience with this??

Elke said...

I just wanted to let you know that yours is my favorite Tilted Duster. Kudos to you for having the inspiration and courage to overdye this piece. I hope you enjoy this beautiful piece of knitwear!