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Washday @ the Sweater Farm October 8, 2009

Now, it’s a little embarrassing.

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I go to take a quick shot of the mess state of my living room and there it is.

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Mixed in with all the strewn about sweaters, books, shoes, etc littering up the hut (sheesh, thought I’d kicked all that stuff out-of-frame!): my copy of OK! magazine with the Twilight kids gazing into each other’s eyes.

I admit it! I’m a total fanGrrrl!

I can’t even remember when I bought this but it must’ve been when I was captive in line at the grocery store. For those of you not *lucky* enough to live in a bulging metropolis, buying groceries can be a huge chunk of one’s life. If you go about your chores at the wrong time of day, you will be in line, behind, hmm, 30 other people, 10 lanes across, baskets bulging, many, many, in a rag-mag coma. Just like me…

“Romantic Dinners in Italy (ENVY!)!” “Kissing in Public (oooooh!)” “Rob & Kristen’s secret struggle to ADMIT their true feelings…(always my problem TOO)”

What I’m not struggling about, I admit, again, I am a fanGrrl! (Hey, does GRRL have two or 3 r’s, I can never remember…)

And even a fanGrrl has to keep warm and fashionable in the face of the exciting miserable changing weather we’re starting to have in Chicago…

So I dove into the Other Stash, my Sweater Stash, and out comes some knitted jacket action. These are prototypes that have now outlived their samply usefulness and have been pleasurably re-incarnated as My Personal Wardrobe.

I’ve especially enjoyed wearing the grey one, a prototype for YANK, my design for a trad Pea Coat. That’s what’s being recreated in navy as my current fave WIP…


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Yank on the Needles October 6, 1009

Now that I’m packing my bags for the trip to Rhinebeck, I’ve been infected by a virus.

No, I had my flu shot Sunday, thank you very much.

This is an interNEts kind of thing; something I’ve read over and over and over in the last few years.

I thought I was immune.

I was wrong.

What I’ve read in so many places I feel honored to be in the ranks, is the undying wish to wear a new handknit to the fair! And I’ve caught the bug full force, but have probably hinked this up anyway even though enthusiasm and ambition are high.

My project, a Yank sweater coat, was percolating along pretty well using Rowan Aran Tweed until I had one of those moments when you quit kidding yourself and really just pull out the ruler and measure, measure, measure.

But of course, my gauge was off, but this thing has such a hypnotic stitch pattern that I blithely went down a comatose highway one afternoon and had to screech to a halt.

Lucky for me, the depths of the Stash did not disappoint. Not too deep digging turned up more of the same yarn I had just used to knit my vesty Mondo Cable Cardi: Mohair Mist, but this time in a very scrumptious navy. Now, I suspected this yarn, because of its fiber make up could be knit at more than one gauge.

So I made my swatch and this time Washed It (lazy ass missing step from attempt #1). This time it was spot on; the fiber had bloomed to fill in the gaps.

So I’m speeding right along with the new improved fabric gobbling up the yarn as fast as I can throw because part of me is now in thrall to the Notion. The notion that I’m going to finish this and wear it in New York! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

ha.

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Monday Morning Mirth October 5, 1009

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Being a dedicated follower of fashion, I’ve been “attending” the Spring RTW runway shows the last couple of weeks…
 
WHICH one of these looks is most likely to appear on the hand-knit knock-off horizon?

mjacobs    awang

marcmarc    hofholl
clockwise from top l. to r. March Jacobs, Alexander Wang, House of Holland, Marc by Marc

(…personal spoiler…#4..have we seen this before?)


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