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Friday, April 21, 2006


It’s sort of New Threads Friday – I finished the new borders last night at KIP – and re-seamed the sleeve.

This jacket is from Rowan 19 and is called *Jazz*. That Spring pattern collection [maybe 1997 ? I got it on eBay in 2003] was intriguing – the selections were either very boxy – or very very fitted.

Jazz is almost too fitted – it really reflects the parameters of a fabric design more than a sweater – some of the proportions in the body shaping are more conducive to a woven material rather than knitting.

And, but of course, I could not follow the instructions exactly, and I substituted another yarn instead of the Denim yarn that was called for. Call me nutty but I love good cheap yarn. This was made from something called Aunt Lydia’s Denim Art – and is marketed as a crochet fiber [size 10 worsted wt Linen color]. I got it at Michael’s?

It comes on a cone and is a cotton poly blend which is what I was attracted to – better washability I hoped – but I swatched it and found it to be just as shrink prone as regular cotton. The content split is 75/25. So it was a straight substitution into the pattern – you make the garment then you shrink it in the washing machine. You know, I love to live dangerously.

BahBye, parka…

smiley face picture of me wearing jacket a couple of years ago when its sleeves were still funked…

Thursday, April 20, 2006

if the sleeve don’t fit, you must convict convert…

Now that the press has christened my morning ride the Love Bus, I’ve been noticing all sorts of stuff: first and foremost, the redundancy of my wardrobe.

PARKA PArka parka

Sounds like a dog barking; looks worse.

It has become my Civic Duty to upgrade my mobile commuting look – for the good of Chicago (and my flirt life), I’ve decided to get my A.M. act together.

Fortunately, that’s not as impossible as it might seem – and fortuitously, my insane habit of marinating unfinished projects is going to bail me out.

I love this Jacket! But somehow, this was made in the days when I must’ve been avoiding all use of a measuring tape because the sleeves on this unit were over 2″ too long. I tried once, half-heartedly, to start to fix this problem but lacked the courage and strength to complete the task. NO MORE! The Love Bus is calling. I must shorten these sleeves and right now. Above you see where I left it – with the sleeve seam opened up about 4″ and a scrap piece of yarn threaded one row below where I wanted to pick up and knit the new cuff.

Now I take my sharpest scissors and clip the stitches in the row above across the sleeve.

After picking out the remnants of the cut stitches, I have new *LIVE* stitches.

Now, just carefully unravel one row (I like to have a nice tail to attach the new yarn to) and carry on!

Does one inch of Seed Stitch stand between me and Romantic History?

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

to be RED!    


Calling all Photoshop CS Gurus: This morning I used the Web Gallery feature to create the album you get when you click on the above pictures. One of the options was for a pop-up info window below the main window. I tried to enter Meta Data Info for each picture, but it wouldn’t save it. Does anybody know how to do this?

This would be a great project scrapbooking feature – I wanted to record all the steps I took to get to the finish line.

I found some time this weekend to perform a Yarn Rescue of some yummy Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. I’ve had this yarn for a few years now – it’s a dusty lilac color (was I on a lavender bender or what?!) that I’d worked up as a cardigan front and one sleeve before I *Frogged & Forgot* it in the X-Files that make up some of my stash.

I’m wrapping up a little pattern for Spring and as I finish one sample, I realized I wanted another one right away – but this one just for me to wear – in RED! WOOT!

Even though Red is NOT a traditional Spring tone, I visualize myself wearing this alot – it combines well with light blue, white, black, kiwi (!), aqua, jeans, linen, and cotton. Funny how a favored color suddenly becomes a *neutral* when you just Wear It.

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