Friday, August 5

Who are you calling a copycat?

WHEW! Remember, a few posts back, when I bragged/lamented the fact that I'm not really a more-than-one-project-at-a-time kinda kid? Well, working at a yarn shop has got me all in a knitting tizzy. One of the greatest perks of my job, as I believe I've mentioned, is that the store gets reimbursed for yarn used to knit store samples. This means that I get free yarn to knit with, and the only caveat is that my finished goods have to hang in the shop for a few months for customers to ogle at. When such a knitting world is opened up before one, what do you think happens? Craziness, my friends. Total chaos.

My first project was the IK Fiery Bolero. You know it, you've seen it, half of you have probably knit it. I'm using the exact red Cathay that the pattern calls for (loving the Cathay, by the way), but I've come to a standstill. Damn you, 200+ picked-up stitches!

So, in lieu of a big glass of wine at work to help me with the tedium of finishing the Bolero of Fire, I started other projects. I made a cute little hat out of Rowan Cotton Rope. And that Loop-d-Loop Little Red Riding Hood capelet out of Rowan Big Wool. And currently, I'm knitting this
out of Rowan All Seasons Cotton. Have you sensed the theme yet? Isn't this pattern great? It's from a circa 1950s knitting magazine, but I think it looks so modern. Fresh, even. Then again, I'm the girl who will fall for anything if someone slaps the "vintage" or "retro" label on it. I just love this model's coy expression, that slightly come-hither look in her eyes that mingles with a "What? Me, alluring?" vibe. And, I'm a sucker for a nipped-in waist. The funny thing about this pattern is that it comes from a booklet featuring "Patterns Using Bulky Yarn." There is no gauge bigger than 5 sts to the inch to be found among its pages. Oh you, knitters of old.

By the way, All Seasons Cotton is my new lover. It is the greatest stuff on earth. It's super soft with great body (kind of like me) (No, I jest) and fantastic drape. For anyone who thinks they hate knitting with cotton, I defy you to find anything wrong with this stuff. Seriously, try. I love it so much that I just acquired another 10 skeins of it from a co-worker who was trying to unload it. (For $30, I might add. I'm sorry, but I can never resist crowing about a killer deal.) It's a lovely charcoal color, and I think I'm going to use it to make this:

Now, I know what you're thinking. Everyone's made this. You've made it, your mother's made it, your fifth grade teacher has probably made it. But in my defense, I've had a secret crush on this jacket ever since I saw it over at Fluffa's. I can't help it that I love this jacket and that so many other people happen to have good taste as well. Why am I getting so defensive? Who knows? It probably has to do with the fierce grip I have on the delusion that I am an individual who does NOT follow the whims of the masses. I've always gotten really annoyed when things that I think are cool just happen to become trendy, in whatever circles. In any event, I'll still be the only person I know with such a perfect specimen of a sweater.

On a related front, I finished my Clapotis. Pictures coming soon.