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.


Blogger Christie said...

COPY CAT! Did you read my blog? Hmmm....I think that I posted the same exact sweater with yarn of a similar color. That's're cool, I'm flattered. :) ha ha ha!!!

9:06 PM, August 05, 2005  
Blogger amylovie said...

Call me crazy, but I've never seen that apricot jacket. And yes, it is ab fab!

Have a great weekend,

9:18 PM, August 05, 2005  
Blogger little kernel said...

I'm super impressed! It's beautiful!!

12:00 AM, August 06, 2005  
Blogger happyspider said...

Look, the reason everyone knit that jacket is because it is STUNNING! If i wasn't stuck in Australia where there are no decent yarns and everything is DK synthetic i would knit this baby in a flash.
So do it, so i can knit vicariously through you!

8:43 PM, August 09, 2005  
Blogger carrie said...

for heaven's sake, show us some photos of your finished objects! you are so totally prolific. and i see you, too, have been bitten by the shrug bug. what's not to love about mini-sweaters?

11:23 PM, August 09, 2005  
Anonymous Becky said...

That vintage bolero is TO DIE FOR. I'm a sucker for those old patterns. And reworked/styled with modern accessories, they're really fresh. Can't wait to see this one finished!

8:44 AM, August 10, 2005  
Blogger Ashbloem said...

I actually copy everything Becky does. It's true. So, don't feel bad about being a general trend copycat. At least you aren't a stalker, like me!

2:40 PM, August 15, 2005  
Blogger DomesticOverlord said...

Let them call you a
lemming, you shall rise above,
yours will be greatest.

You've been haiku-ed!

12:20 PM, September 13, 2005  
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11:22 AM, October 04, 2005  
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8:57 AM, October 12, 2005  
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7:11 AM, October 19, 2005  
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8:58 PM, October 22, 2005  
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12:05 PM, November 18, 2005  
Anonymous Profession said...

HI Cara

After a good read on blogs like this I like to leave little tips on goal setting. You know, the things you used to dream of when you were young, or even now.

A lot of research has shown that only those who set goals are likely to achieve their dreams.

When is the last time you really sat down and wrote a few short term and long term goals down?

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you could just piddle on through life hoping for the best, like most people do.

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Have a GREAT New Year!

1:36 AM, November 19, 2005  

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