Well hello there.

It feels like forever since I’ve blogged about something, but really it’s only been a couple of weeks.  A lot has happened since then but nothing I really feel like sharing.  We had to say goodbye to a very special member of our family on Friday and it’s hit both of us harder than we expected it to.  Being around the house is difficult and we are doing everything we can to take our minds off things.

So today we took ourselves down to the beach for some sunshine and some much needed photos of Dahlia (which I actually finished back on January 20th).  I don’t feel very bloggy so I’m apologizing in advance for what I expect to be a rather lackluster post.  Though I’m missing the blog some, and all of you lots, I don’t feel ready to be officially “back” so I hope you’ll view this as a little bonus rather than a return to full on blogitude.  But don’t worry, I expect to be back before too much longer :)







Pattern: Dahlia by Mary Weaver (on Ravelry here)

Yarn: Cascade 220 in Color #2409 “Palm” – just over 3 skeins

Needles: Size 7 bamboo circ for upper portion, sleeves & neck edging; Size 8 bamboo circ for cabled “skirt”

Mods: Worked k1,p1 on neck edging for 3 total rounds instead of 1

New Techniques: Nope.

Time Lapse: January 1, 2009 – January 20, 2009

Comments: This sweater is made for skinny teenagers and goddesses with swan necks and long limbs, not dumpy little trolls like me.  I would guess this is the absolute most unflattering thing I have ever knit myself and I honestly don’t know what to do with it other than work out twice a day subsisting on rice cakes until it fits, or grow myself a munchkin so that people won’t have to guess if I’m pregnant, they’ll just be able to tell.  Other than that, it was simple and fun to knit and it’s definitely comfortable to wear.  The Cascade 220 blocked up beautifully and I was pleasantly surprised at how un-itchy it turned out to be considering it’s 100% wool.  I adore the color and honestly wish it looked cuter on me but you just can’t polish a turd like this.  Oh well.  You win some, you lose some.  Now to quickly run downstairs before R. Darling reads this and begins to scold me for being hard on myself!

And, as always, an outtake!




Hey Bloggy Peeps – hope life is going good for you!


19 thoughts on “Dahlia

  1. What a great surprise! Beautiful Dahlia. It looks great on you (what are you talking about?) I love the color and the sleeves are so pretty! Looking forward to hearing from you again!

  2. Copied from your ravelry comments section from me, because its worth repeating:

    Unflattering?! NOPE. I was just looking at your pictures and commenting to churchable that you looked stunning and cute and that you were totally pulling off this outfit way better than I ever could.

    You ROCK this sweater. I love it on you!!!! and the green is amazing against your skin as I predicted.

    I love the outtake of your scruffy old man and you. <3

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. Believe me, I know how it feels.

    That sweater looks amazing! I envy you – everything you knit to wear like that looks fabulous! :-)

  4. Oh Maryanne, I was just thinking how great it looked on you. But, if you don’t FEEL it, I can totally understand.

    The color is gorgeous, and it looks very flattering, in pictures, at least.

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I’m sending good jujus your way.

  5. I don’t know why you say this is unflattering! I think it looks great on you, and you clearly are not a “dumpy little troll” – if you are, I must be as well. Be nice to yourself!

  6. Fantastic knit! This one is for sure going on my ravelry queue. What size did you make? It looks great on you. On another note, I’m so very very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and I’m sending you lots of hugs.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. :( But if you think that top is unflattering, you must have some wonky mirrors in your house. It looks awesome!

  8. Looks great on you Maryanne. I did that it was a size small on the pattern. Do you think it might fit one of my boobs? ;) Hope you are doing ok. Email me when you have some time.

  9. I’m so sorry about the special member of your family. Very sad.

    Your palm Dahlia is beautiful & such a lovely color on you. And you created it! Knitting a garment to fit at all is a pretty darn good accomplishment :) I think you look cute! Maybe side-zip pants or a skirt would help with what you don’t like about it. Or as a maternity sweater would be nice too!

  10. I think it looks fantastic on you!! In fact, I was so excited for you that you’ll have a pretty little hand knit to wear. And what a great color!

  11. You look beautiful!! And what a beautiful piece of knitting….you are too hard on yourself so I’m going to scold you for R. Darling. You totally rock the green and the cut of that top. So wear it to make us all proud.

    I’m so sorry to hear you lost a family member. I hope it helps to know people who care about you are sending healing thoughts.

    Take care and know how beautiful you are.

  12. I was away for a while (I was actually much closer to where you are than usual…), so I’m late to the party, but well… what everyone else said! That’s a very pretty sweater, and it looks fabulous on you! Those pictures are great, and totally don’t help you make your point! By the way, your darling is right: you must stop being so hard on yourself.

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