Saturday, May 12, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Eh Bonjour, mes amis! 'ave I got juste zee ting for youuu....
It's the Mademoiselle Jacket from Classic Knits by Erika Knight. It's a little Chanel-inspired jacket in Rowan Natural Silk Aran. I had been looking for an excuse to use that yarn for a while when this pattern popped up. I am a fan of this design, and of this book in general. Almost everything is very wearable in public, and doesn't look homemade. My only complaint is that nothing is knit in the round, and I think that is rather inefficient. (If you click on the link and look at more images, you can see it in the original pink.)
At any rate, this is the secret I've been hiding from you for a while. It's a Mother's Day gift, of course. Knitting was done at least a month ago, but of course I didn't finish it up till a few days before.

I had the hardest time finding the right ribbon for the detailing. It is not this shiny irl, but it could still be better.
Now of course, I had to include a matching top, and since I had a little ribbon left over, I trimmed it up too.

I threw in some sparkly bangles, and wrapped it all up in a coordinating photo box.

I try to wrap gifts in something that's useful, whenever possible. I think this is particularly appropriate to the sweater.
She has a couple of extra gifts besides, but this was the one with the major work and knitting involved.
In summary:
Pattern: Mademoiselle Jacket from Classic Knits
Yarn: Rowan Natural Silk Aran (73% viscose, 15% silk, 12% linen, a nice summer blend, 71 yds) 11 skeins for the medium size
Needles: a comfortable size 7 (4.5 mm)
Time: about a week to knit, about 6 weeks to finally finish
Cost: it's a gift, we're not going to talk about that


Carrie Penny said...

WOW! Anyone would love to be gifted that set!

Amanda said...

Wow! You're such a good daughter.

Romi said...

What a wonderful gift! :)

joy said...

it's really beautiful - what a lucky mom you've got!

Anonymous said...

I am a lucky mom and I love it.


Kate J said...

Wow. WOW. Wow. Just...holy freakin' wow. That looks awesome. Good job!! Wow.


cookie said...

Wow, that's awesome! I love the attention to detail like the trim. Lucky mom you have!

N. Maria said...

Beautiful sweater and amazing detail added!
I love the packaging, too.