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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Finally, progress! After a topsy turvy of a week, some personal knitting gets done. I am itching to wear this and am tempted to just finish off that little short sleeve on the left and call it a “design feature”.

zachary-quintoHEE! But really, it does show how the piece would look with cap or short sleeves (I like). I get email all the time asking if it’s OK to do this type of thing and I say, Boldly Go! Just because the pattern doesn’t specifically say to, doesn’t mean it might just make the piece of your dreams.

BTW, has anyone seen the new Star Trek movie? Now I’m not going to admit to being a Trekkie, snort, but, after seeing the trailer, the younger Capt. Kirk (um, corn-fed Iowa farm boy!) and especially, the younger Spock: ROCK!

Back to this century: since patterns can’t contain all the possible permutations of possibilities in some easily changed areas, it is totally up to the fancy of the knitter to decide how long sleeves (and bodies and collars, etc) should be according to their style wishes and body measurements.

    chicknitsshell            chicknitspullover    chicknitscardigan

I try things on constantly. Because I’ve made a Template of all of my preferred basic sizes in Shell, Pullover & Cardigan styles (see how here), I have a reference to go by. But nothing really beats pinning the thing together, if necessary, and putting it on one’s self. Even better than a mannequin, because even though my measurements are equal to mine, my body shape is slightly different. NOBODY is really alike and it’s up to us to find the sweet spots: the right ratios and measurements and then apply them to our stitching.

That is the Number One reason I love to make my own clothes! If I had the time, I would probably try and sew everything I wear (not jeans). But I love all the cotton dresses and skirts I’ve been seeing around and am green with envy…

>>>>>> Read all posts in this category: Cotton Sandrine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


One of my very favorite things about having yarn is just looking at it. I like seeing it on the needles but it looks very fine piled in a bowl or gracing a windowed cupboard.

Or, stacked, like this on my mantel daring me to finish my current project so I can start another!

I am working on the second sleeve of my cotton Sandrine and it, like second sleeves everywhere is on the slooow road. You’ve been there, done that, no? It mocks me so I’m mocking it back by putting this lovely Plassard Cot-Lin right in its face so it knows it’s just not That Special.

Fantisizing about a new project usually gets me going! ;p

This DK weight yarn has been happily lazing in my stash for much too long and its time has come to take its turn. There is 8 skeins so at 114 yds per skein, I have 912 yds to make a little something — with some little sleeves? CeCe, that little tease, takes 950 yds with 3/4 length sleeves, so there’s enough there to make a summery topper or loose vest?

The color of this yarn grabbed me by the throat in a department store in Paris. For once in my life, I walked away from yellow-green and straight to steely green. I see urban river, reflecting buildings and bridges, metal and concrete. Those are my daily organics in the city; fundamental and close, subdued and restrained, calm?

>>>>>> Read all posts in this category: Cotton Sandrine.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Romancing the Sleeve

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
…Shakespeare: Sonnet XVIII

Even more love for the wonderful person who first knit in the round using two circular needles.

>>>>>> Read all posts in this category: Cotton Sandrine.

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