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New Threads Tuesday August 10, 2010

New Threads TUESDAY!
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Just in time for the luscious lake-effect Chicago mornings…

Chic Knits Cerisara

Pattern: Chic Knits Cerisara
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Madil DENIM

Even when the Summer is full on the Windy as strong as a blast furnace, Lake Michigan (thank you, my muse) wraps us in cool morning air. I’m soon to be traveling to Northern Michigan and it will be so welcome to have this to throw on in the early a.m. or late afternoon, where temperatures can be as surprising as the herds (?!) of wild turkeys that walk through one’s yard.

This finish was not without adventure…

Chic Knits Cerisara

First, there was the fun of visiting a new (to me) fabric store in my work neighborhood and discovering the many vintage buttons they carry. I thought this one was especially fun for my new Cerisara: it echoes the lace patterning in a lovely way and was lightweight (plastique fantastiqe!) and really, just pretty.

But, a word of caution! Living in the City, one could be sharing space with some early morning risers, infants, students, workers, who set your clock as well. This in and of itself is ok in my book — I love the early a.m. and get usually get a whole lot done, while lingering over a cuppa, enjoying that morning breeze. But what not to do?

Finishing involving fine touches until one’s fully awake!

After sewing this button on the First Time, I snipped the thread and snipped the sweater itself! HOLEY moley, Batman, that’s a heart stopping moment I’ve done in the past and never wanted to repeat. Big hole. Big head desk.

And I couldn’t even look at this (maximum fear & loathing since last Thursday) but this morning when I opened the back door and FRESH hit me square in the face, I was poked by the Muse to pick up the pieces and get on with it.

Here you see the repaired sweater. I *borrowed* some yarn on either side of the hole, a few stitches away, tightening up a couple of yarnovers (who thankfully where a little sloppy!) and traced the stitchery back into place.

MissBB-Graft-Back-P1000305

Why this was a good thing: every time you HAVE TO make the effort to get to the goal, fix the mistake, swallow the disappointment, it pushes you to another place. I like that place. There lives accomplishment, and commitment, and yes, bravery.

Doing the grafting fix-it in the little picture at left above (click for full) on my Miss BB sample last year made me very comfortable with re-weaving. Knowing the architecture of the way stitches are made is essential for many other things in the knitting process. And believe me when I say, once the shock and adrenalin fade, makes one confident they might just be able to pull the damn thing back from the cusp of the Inferno…

So, like the saying goes, “What doesn’t Kill Me,” etc. I’d like to thank the Muse for the detour, because on that street I found fabulous.

 
 
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