WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along

I am so excited about this Tea Leaves cardigan, I am past the armholes now, tried it on and it fits perfectly! Happy dance!! All that doubt I had, dreading knitting this far, thinking it would be too big and well, it isn’t 🙂 What joy!

I am also thrilled the colours are showing through in this photo above…

PS ‘A Faithful Journey’ asked which wool I was knitting with. The wool is an aran weight which I hand painted myself with earth friendly dyes. I was going for a vintage, antique effect.

Our Koek-koek and Buff Orpington chickens have grown so big already…

Meet Marty, she lives in the garden with her other rabbit friend Jack.

Joining in with Ginny today.

Have a lovely day and thanks for visiting…

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37 Responses to WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along

  1. Natalie Buehler April 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Oh Linda, your work is looking wonderful! So glad it fits 😀


  2. Heather aka Proud Mama April 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    It is turning out beautifully. So glad it fits. That moment is always a tense one.

  3. heather r April 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Your Tea Leaves is beautiful! Love the color.

  4. Donna April 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I have this saved in my favorites on Ravelry….your pictures make me like it even more.

  5. W-S Wanderings April 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    It is gorgeous, Linda. I’ve been toying with the idea of knitting myself a cardigan, and have yet to select the pattern, but HAVE decided that it will be top-down for the trying-on-ability that you noted here. Your Shalom cardi is gorgeous too, btw.

  6. Shirley Ann April 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    That is SO pretty! It’s always a good feeling when something you have spent so long on actually fits! Love the Autumn leaves in the the picture of your gorgeous bunny!

  7. EMMA April 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Your tea leaves cardi is coming along lovely and that colour is just beautiful.

  8. Ellen April 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    You’ve done quite a bit from last week. So exciting when something fits well.

  9. vicarno's mama April 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    The wool is so pretty, the pattern is gorgeous… (I absolutely have to start practicing my circular knitting….)

  10. eidolons April 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh Linda! Your cardigan is beautiful! Your dyed yarn is really stunning.

    I’m working on a cardigan for myself, too. The first (and last) time I tried to make a sweater it was huge. So I ripped it all out (the yarn is still in time out, to be honest). I’m a bit worried that this one is going to be too big as well – watch, it’ll be too small instead! (:

  11. Carrie Duvall April 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I just love the cardigan the dyed yarn really shows the pattern.

    With All That I Am
    Carrie “The Handmade Homemaker”

  12. Heather April 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    The tea leaves cardi is so pretty! I think I might need to start one for myself. It might be the perfect project to take my time with 🙂

  13. A Faithful Journey April 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    This is just absolutely stunning! The yarn is perfect!! What yarn are you using again? Gorgeous!!

    • Linda April 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      Thanks so much, the yarn is an aran weight yarn that I hand painted myself with earth friendly dyes.

  14. Christine April 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Oh, this is turning out to be One. Sweet. Cardigan! And you handpainted the yarn yourself? Stunning!! (Please let there be a post on this in the archives, please?).

    Nice to meet Marty. I do have to ask..with her living with Jack and all, are you expecting many new floppy eared arrivals soon?

    Hoping to join in with your Creative Fridays soon. 🙂

    • Linda April 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      Thank you so much Christine:) I must do a post on hand painting yarn soon, it’s such fun. Our vet advised us to neuter Jack a few years ago, he was a little too aggressive and we felt this might calm him down and it did, he now lives very happily with Marty amongst the chickens in our garden.

      PS I am going to try your wonderful Rosemary hair rinse today and will soon be making a batch of your comfrey ointment too. Thank you for all your lovely posts, I was so happy to find your blog 🙂

  15. the mountain fox April 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    That cardigan is beeeautiful! Love the little critters in the garden too!

  16. Plain and Joyful Living April 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Your sweater is beautiful and what a wonderful color – so nice to visit here.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  17. Becks April 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    The cardigan is lovely, and the colour is very pretty and summery. Love the hens and bunnies too

  18. Sue April 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    love the colour of your cardigan its going to look great

  19. Elizabeth April 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Yea Linda! So glad it fits. I love this pattern. Made two for my little girls and would love to knit one for me someday. ~ Elizabeth

  20. fehnna April 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Your sweater is beautiful, glad it fit! Hope your daughter is healing well – what an ordeal!


  21. Lori ann April 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    it’s so beautiful linda! yay for it fitting well, i think thats the nature of top down, with the wide looking yoke. before you divide for the sleeves it can look way too big. i am to the sleeve part of mine, but have put it aside a little for the pockets (for namibia).
    xxxx lori

  22. MWitch3 April 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    such a beautiful cardigan! you have intrigued me, and I am now searching for patterns similar to that one, as I like the look of the yoke.
    Thanks for inspiring!

  23. basicliving@backtobasicliving.com April 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    The cardigan is beautiful! I just love the color. And your chickens look so healthy and happy. Isn’t it a joy to see them pecking about? And sweet Marty is just gorgeous! *sigh* So nice to see the beauty that surrounds you. Thanks for sharing it!

  24. Cheryl April 26, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    I’m very tempted to make one of these. I know my daughters would love me to make them each one. I think the dye effect of your yarn has turned out really good. Look forward to seeing it in its full glory!

  25. Tracey April 26, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    I am so happy that it fits Linda and now you can knit away without having that thought in the back of your mind. Thank you for the basket link. I have been pretty ill today, but will check it out soon.

  26. K April 26, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    I just sat and looked at your stitches, enjoying the eveness. i could feel the hand of it against my palm. I just really enjoyed looking.

  27. Kim Corrigan-Oliver April 26, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Oh, this is just beautiful!!! And love the colour.

  28. karen April 26, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    I’m so glad it fits! Its so much more fun knitting when you can tell its going to come out how you hoped. adorable chickens and Marty:)

  29. Amy Caroline April 26, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    I love the tea leaves cardigan. It is so gorgeous. I am nervous about making one for me though. I wonder if I have the patience? It would be amazing to actually knit something like that for myself!
    I am terribly jealous!

  30. SisterlyLove April 26, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    AWE! Your sweater is simply divine! can I have it? It really makes me want to ride an old cruiser bicycle in to a quaint little village and and carry my groceries in the basket… Is that SO random, of me?
    I love this yarn along, don’t you?

  31. Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) April 26, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Oh Linda, I love it!!!! *adds to queue*

    I am about to make a (second) Nellie cardigan for Little Miss and I think I might fancy one of these after that.

  32. Leslie April 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Knitting, chickens and bunnies……..what a life.
    Your sweater will be lovely.

  33. Anna April 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    I love that color of pink. It is coming along beautifully! Adorable rabbit… love the coloring on her as well. Are those yellow leaves I see in the pic with the bunny? And if so, is that a recent pic? Right now we have brown leaves on the ground and fresh green leaves on the trees.

    • Linda April 27, 2012 at 8:09 am #

      Thank you Anna, those are yellow leaves you see, I took this photo on the 25th of April, we live in South Africa and it’s Autumn here at the moment. Thanks for visiting.

  34. Baa-Me Kniits April 28, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Yes we can see the colour and it makes me think of vintage Rose so you have definitely achieved your goal 🙂

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