Teacup by Martin Storey

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I think this cape is aptly named: Teacup!  I feel like I'm wearing either a teacup or a cupcake!  While I love it so much, at first I was a little shy about wearing it as I thought it was a little showy or too young, or something--but my husband loves it, really loves it.  He told me I was crazy to be shy in it, so now I wear it happily and it does get smiles and comments.  

The pattern is from Martin Storey from the Big Accessories book that came out this fall from Rowan.  I took one look at Teacup and knew it would have to be mine!  The Rowan Fur is new this year, and not like any of the old fur yarns, and certainly nothing like an eyelash yarn.  I've never seen anything like it.  It's 100% soft merino wool and while I think it's tailor made for cuffs, collars and trims, I'd love to see a coat made from this.  It's very easy to knit and feels like velvet in your fingers.  Both garter stitch and stockinette, either side, have the identical furry look.  Fur is perhaps my favorite of the new yarns this season only because it's so very fun and different. The brown yarn is from my stash and is two strands held together; one of Cascade Ecological Wool and one strand of a Jamieson fingering weight yarn of the same shade that I used to beef up the gauge of the EW.  The Cascade EW was fantastic and imagine I'll use it again.  It had a very lovely spongey/springy feel that I loved. By the way, the pattern called for Thick N' Thin which I would have preferred to use, but I lean towards my stash if  I find something that will work.  You can guess it was a fast knit--two nights, maybe three.

I'm visiting my daughter and teenage granddaughter right now.  At first packing sweet little Teacup was there in the suitcase, but at the last minute I took it out as I was afraid one of them would like it and I would give it to them!  I know--so stingy, that's not usually my style, but I do want to wear this a few more times before I give it away!  You understand, don't you?

I've been a knitting maniac the last few days to make up for having to take a little time off to take care of Christmasy things.  I have so many finished knits to photograph and one is a coat!  I'm also trying to get some pictures of my house as it's nicely decorated and deserves a post.  That will be next week.  The day after I get home from this visit we are having my husband's golf buddies and their wives over for a chili party.  We'll serve two kinds: I made my chicken chili before I left and put it in the freezer and while I'm away I put my hubs in charge of making traditional beef chili.  He feels kind of important!  Oh, and sorry about the headless shots, I really hate doing that, but something about my smile that day--very off.  Trust me, it was for the best.  Bye for now and stay calm and knit on!


Here's the links:

My Ravelry page for Teacup with a few mods for fit




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12 comments

  1. So very cute on you!

    I once stranded Cascade Eco Wool with two strands of a heathered baby alpaca laceweight -- it upscaled it about 10 notches and made a really lovely fabric. I love it's versatility and frankly, the large squishy "throw pillow" hanks that it comes in. :D

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    1. Thank you! The Eco Wool is squishy, that's the best word to describe it!

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  2. So funny you mentioned the "headless" shot! As soon as I looked it at, I said to myself, "I HATE it when people cut off their heads!!" Hahaha! That cape is really cute! And I'm glad you decided to wear it because I think I would and I am in your age range. ;-)

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    1. Please make one! We need more people walking around wearing teacups!

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  3. I love it! So cute and looks terrific on u. BTW, I would have left it at home too. There is nothing wrong with keeping something just for u!

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    1. But uh-oh, I wore my new Brushed Fleece coat and I think they are trying to get their hands on that! lol!

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  4. Looks fabulous! How elegant this would be with winter white.....and a little sprinkling of snow! Please send this to Canada! Ha ha ha

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  5. Anne, you so need this in Canada! Make it!

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  6. Kristen, I just had another thought about this cape . . . wouldn't it look so cute with a red body and that "fur" trim for Christmas?? OMG!! Mrs. Claus!!

    Diane

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    1. Haha, what a great idea! That would be so fun to wear!

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  7. It's adorable. Your haircut is great also.

    Carole

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