Zimmermania

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Belated Bog

So, I've had these photos for days, and I'm just now posting. I know, the shame.Pattern: Bog Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Around
Yarn: Undyed Irish aran-weight wool bought in Galway, and 1 skein Louet Gems Topaz for I-cord edging
Needles: Addi Turbos, US #8, 32"
Modifications: I did all of EZ's suggested mods except the pockets. This included: longer sleeves with short-row arm shaping, waist shaping, shoulder shaping, "phoney seams", and i-cord edging. I also installed a double-direction zipper instead of buttons b/c I thought it would be more wearable and modern that way.I am completely thrilled with how this turned out. While I was making the jacket, I was having very serious doubts. It looked like a giant mass of white wooliness, which still smelled a little sheepy, to be honest, and I was afraid the fit would be really off, since it was such a strange form of construction. It turned out to be a snug, fitted wool jacket!
The knitted-on i-cord edging really added a lot:
And though it took several hours to do, it was well-worth the effort.
Cross-posted at Yarnmonster.

31 Comments:

  • It is very beautiful and fits you so well. Great job!

    By Blogger Monika, at 11:02 AM  

  • It's wonderful! I bought some wool in Ireland as well, and am still searching for the right pattern. Did you wash your gauge swatch, then block it? Mine seems to have a "scratchy" factor as well.

    Again, kudos!

    By Blogger KnittingJones, at 11:45 AM  

  • This jacket looks amazing on you, and that i-cord is a perfect finishing touch. Good work-- :)

    By Blogger Kodachrome Knits, at 12:50 PM  

  • that is beautiful!! must. knit.

    By Blogger gretchen, at 12:56 PM  

  • it's stunning!!

    By Blogger curlypurly, at 1:26 PM  

  • Terrific knit, Jess! Very nice update touches. I want to run out and knit one right now.

    By Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter, at 2:09 PM  

  • Excellent! I love the green touch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:11 PM  

  • It looks so classic! Great job with all the extras and the i-cord edge...great job all around!

    By Blogger Mary Beth, at 2:15 PM  

  • Gorgeous sweater! Simple and divine. You'll be wearing that for 20 years.

    By Anonymous Julia, at 2:22 PM  

  • Absolutely beautiful! I love the green trim.

    By Anonymous aimeedewar, at 3:52 PM  

  • FAB work! I like the green i-cord trim!

    By Blogger Betsey, at 3:59 PM  

  • fantastic! :) love the way that turned out. and that green looks great with the undyed wool.

    By Blogger insaknitty, at 4:29 PM  

  • Gorgeous!

    By Anonymous Elli, at 5:39 PM  

  • It's beautiful -- I love the 2-directional zipper -- it really does make it very modern and wearable....

    Great!

    By Blogger Mary G, at 6:10 PM  

  • Very beautiful jacket. Congratulations on a great job!

    By Blogger Rose, at 7:03 PM  

  • It's positively gorgeous. I would have never believed that pattern could turn out so lovely.

    By Blogger Renee, at 7:08 PM  

  • wonderful sweater, and great great photos!

    By Blogger Pamelamama, at 8:15 PM  

  • It looks gorgeous on you! So beautiful!! Great job.

    By Anonymous tiennie, at 8:34 PM  

  • I really like that - it's great it worked out so well. I want one! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:07 PM  

  • How gorgeous! There's a lot to be said for simplicity and the i cord border works well :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 AM  

  • It's absolutely beautiful and fits you so nicely. I must get that book!!! Good job.

    By Anonymous Lizzy, at 2:35 AM  

  • I like your cardigan! It's definitely a model I could imagine making some day!

    By Blogger Elena, at 4:03 AM  

  • it is beautiful! looks comfy and flattering and modern... congrats!

    By Blogger amisha, at 5:41 AM  

  • Gorgeous - and photographed beautifully as well! Lydia

    By Blogger Windansea, at 7:58 AM  

  • Wow! The bog jacket, I must confess, has always been one of only two (along with the rib warmer) EZ patterns that I just couldn't visualize in a way I would want to wear or make for someone else. But now, wonder of wonders, you've got me totally jonesing for the bog! The zipper was a brilliant touch, and the marvelous fit boggles my mind. It's not only beautiful and very modern-looking, but it absolutely looks like the kind of thing I want to *wear*, as well. Kudos!

    By Blogger Kate A., at 10:32 AM  

  • Wow, it looks fantastic.

    By Blogger fibersnob, at 10:38 AM  

  • Wow, I am overwhelmed by everyone's responses--thank you all so much! I was already thrilled with how it came out, but it's icing on the cake to hear how much everyone else likes it.
    In answer to knittingjones' question, my yarn was actually very soft, and no, I didn't block my swatch (naughty, I know). I got lucky though, and it turned out to fit really well.
    I can't wait to see other people's interpretations of this pattern! :)

    By Blogger Jessica, at 6:42 PM  

  • It's beautiful, I love it!

    By Blogger Rachel Ann, at 8:18 PM  

  • That jacket suits you so well, and looks so "finished". A beauty.

    By Blogger Kathleen, at 11:45 AM  

  • That is a super jacket, and such a beautiful fit, the i-cord edge works really well in that colour, I think I must knit one!
    Jan

    By Blogger Knitsmith, at 12:49 AM  

  • I love it too. And I want to wear it along with everybody else... Already trying to figure out which yarn would work best for it. :)

    By Anonymous Anja, at 4:38 AM  

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