Thewallinna and a new creature

Let me introduce you my new neighbor flatmate: Totoro! In fact, there are 13 Totoros sitting on the yoke of my jumper.


It all started from Ravelry: I was searching for a new pattern of something warm and cuddly. First I saw the original Paper Dolls by Kate Davies, Scottish knitwear designer. But then my eyes caught one of the jumper's variations: TOTORO! On the same day, I ran to the yarn shop. Thus began two weeks of Totoro-mania, because not only did I knit Totoro, but I also watched the movie and sang karaoke Totoro songs.

If you don't know Kate Davies and if you are into knitting or pictures of gorgeous Scottish scenarios,  I would tell you: go check out her siteSeveral more of Kate's designs are on my knitting list; seriously, who can resist?????



I knitted size 5 without major changes. But I should've done 4 for the lower body and 6 for the upper body to accommodate my swimmer's shoulders. Well, it's not that bad after all. I also decided to go for the long sleeves


From doing this project, I've acquired three new techniques: knitting i-cord cast on and bind off, stranded color work and wrap & turn technique, which considerably improved not only the knitting experience but also the look of the finished garment

The thread for this jumper is an amazing mix of 80% wool and 20% LAMB LINEN from Avril: 1200m of the main color,  and less than 100m of the two contrasting colors.

NO, no, I did not forget about sewing! Yesterday I even accepted a sewing dare from Gillian which is to finish my Matthew Williamson dress by the end of next week!

Comments

  1. Ahhhhh!! I love this! It's so, so cute! I love Kate Davies, too!

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  2. I'm in love with this sweater! So cute! Great job!

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  3. Wow. This is seriously gorgeous. And Cosy. mmmm.
    Damn all you people who can knit, I intensely dislike you!!

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  4. Don't despair! Knitting is easier than sewing. You can learn knitting using tons of online ressources including YouTube. But I would be also willing to show some basics, if you like!

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  5. Thank you so much! It was fun knitting it :)

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  6. Wow wow! Your jumper is amazingly knitted and cute to boot. So happy to hear the you have been dared to finish your Matthew Williamson dress.

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  7. Oh. My. God. I need to learn how to knit. And then I shall sing Tototro... to.. to... ro... over and over again whilst I make the world's best jumper. It looks amazing!!! Well done!

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  8. I'm sure it is! But I have this wierd mental block that's stopping me from starting. I've even got a box full of beautiful yarns to boot. One day... and I'll never turn down a superior willing to share knowledge ;-)

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  9. Stunning, I agree, i must improve my knitting so I can knit cool jumpers too! amazeeeeeeee

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  10. O_O I'm speechless! Oh I wish I have the patience and ability to knit like you!

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    1. It's not true! Your knitting skills are amazing! Too bad we don't see much scarfs and mittens coming out your needles!

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  11. Wow! That's awesome!!!! Have you been getting lots of comments about it from people on the street?


    I'm impressed with the dare you chose for yourself - It's a toughie! Can't wait to see you dress tho - and I imagine it will be nice to have it done and no longer guilting you to finish! :)

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  12. Katy (Ioftheneedle)12 January 2013 at 15:53

    Gorgeous jumper! And such a good fit. Definitely highlighted why I want to learn to knit x

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  13. "Aaaa Totoro! Kawaii!!!" and giggles: typical reaction here.

    Your determination for this challenge can move mountains! Thank you :)

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  14. Cute jumper! It looks great :)

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  15. I can't believe you made this. Looks immaculate!

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  16. Esta perfecto!!!!! Madre mía... tus agujas son mágicas!

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  17. Amazing jumper! Очень по-японски, с Тоторо:))

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