Milky merino and eucalyptus turtleneck

I was so excited by my recent winter wardrobe success, that I decided to go again.  So I made another turtleneck using the same pattern from milky merino.  This time, I made it longer than required. I’ve had serious shrinkage with this fabric–whether it was my carelessness or the fabric is yet to be clarified. I expect it was my carelessness… This time I used a red zipper from the stash, which looked pretty amazing on the undyed item, but apparently I took no photos. And either I followed the instructions on the pattern (just for something completely different), or perhaps it was luck, but zipper insertion went smoothly.

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Then I decided to sort out one of my spencers (long sleeved underwear for warmth). It shrank in dyeing as well as being perhaps a little short to begin with. It rides up, the reverse of what clothing worn for warmth should do.  So I added some serious length to it.  I love the dyeing on this garment–details here.  But it just wasn’t working for its intended purpose.

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I went out for a walk and then bundled up.

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The bundles came out of the dye pot looking splendid.

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The spencer came out a very good length and is much more useable.  I did prefer the print before, but this one is pretty lovely too.

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Here is the new turtleneck.  I like it!  If anything it is a little loose.

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The red zipper works fine.

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E Scoparia is in bud, which also works well.

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I tried a different folding strategy.  I love the colour and pattern, less sure about the location.  And now I am happily wearing my new top for the rest of the cold weather.

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16 responses to “Milky merino and eucalyptus turtleneck

  1. Beautiful. Is milky merino the knitted silky merino that comes in a tube? I’m yet to buy any but am very tempted so it is good to know it may shrink. great idea to dye your spencer too. Thanks for another inspiring post.

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  2. Looks great and I love the spencer, wow!

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  3. Susan

    WOW, really defined leaves and colour. great!

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  4. The pattern definition is astonishing. Beautiful!

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