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The more the merrier… April 12, 2012

Chic Knits Cinnie

One of the best feelings out there: finishing a project.

One of the worst feelings out there: ditto.

Que? When said project is in your face (photos, styling, detailing, etc) because that garment has been preordained to be a sample and You can’t wear it. (And it’s a good thing it’s not your size because, yea, it would be preempted. But so aggravating!)

Lucky for me losing that post-pro envy is as easy as picking up the needles and starting one for myself!

Here’s my CINNIE that I’m making using some Silky Wool in a gorgeous color they call: Verdigris.

Chic Knits Cinnie

I’m at about half done with this one, a cropped version, that is going to pair with a brown linen sheath-type dress I have…

The whole Cinnie adventure started because I, like many of you, live in a place that has incredibly schizophrenic weather (ie. the “Wait-10-Minutes-and-It-Will-Change Zones). I winced thinking of all the upcoming weddings, proms, garden dates, concerts, etc. all populated by lovely ladies shivering and bunched up trying to ward off the evil chill.

Who isn’t sick of goose fleshy upper arms (which, imho, might not be ready-for-prime-time on all occasions anyways); weary of being in a restaurant or at the movies when suddenly attacked by some rogue air conditioning; bored by having to guess which way the wind is going to turn (it’s Chicago! It’s everywhere and it’s going to smack you down (then snicker)!)!

Not this knitter. Get up with the needles and on with some style!

My fascination with no-sew construction led me down a newer path this time. CINNIE has some side-to-side knitting that is fast and fun to do. I’ve become a huge fan of what many refer to as a modular knitting where stitches are picked up on already worked areas then continued to make another area of the garment.

Picking up stitches is one of the most wonderful techniques to develop and master. It’s used on almost anything you can think of and once you get going, it is fast and neat. My friend Eden was over the other day and we were enjoying some tea and afternoon knitting and she asked me to show her how to do it.

If you’ve been visiting here before, you know I’m a huge fan of Hands On knitting lessons – and this was so satisfying! Within less than 5 minutes, Eden was picking up stitches as if she’d been doing it for years! Being her friend, I gave her the opportunity to practice on a sweater I was making (and, hee! saved myself a little time because I didn’t have to do it myself. Sneaky.)

I love it so much I’m tempted to start “sewing” my knitting together by combining that technique with a couple others.

But in the meantime, I’m really enjoying my Cinnie knitting with this to egg me on…

Chic Knits Cinnie Hand Knitting Pattern


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