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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Onde = Wave = Ombre

pick up the mic and OndeAlong!


Although the best thing about my recent Road Trip to North Carolina was being with my Fam and THE MOUNTAINS(!) the second best thing was the Knitting.

I rented a Ford FOCUS from Hertz and my Mom & I split the driving. I did the RustBelt Circuit through Michigan and Ohio and Mom did the driving through the more rural areas.

This was my time to KNIT.

On the way down, I worked on the BizChic Cardi. On the way home, I worked on my ONDE. Smooth Stockinette Stitch was the order of the day as mile after mile sailed by and the Right Piece just grew and grew. From the early morning, when we went through the misty gap near the foot of Jellico Mountain, where Tennesee joins Kentucky, it was perfect auto-pilot stitchery. We were listening to some SMOKIN’ Blue Grass progams on Sunday morning out of Knoxville, TN. Never before in my life (and I’ve been a lifelong fan) has this music made more sense to me than to hear it in the hills from whence it began…

The melodies, the rhythms, the unique instruments, the lyrics, all blended to soar and amuse in a way it just never does when I’m driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway up North. For most of the trip, coming and going, we stuck to the low power FM stations through 7 states and all I have to say is THANK YOU NPR!!!

By the time we got to mid-Ohio and it was time for me to drive again, I had made it just past the armhole split on this gigantic piece that encompasses half-back and half-front.

I finished the *piece* last night and to my extreme delight, watched with wonder as the WAVE of the Right and Left pieces matched up perfectly!!!

YES! I was skeptical! There were a few knots in one of the balls for the Left Body Piece and I was worried there would be tears and whining BIG TIME in the Windy City when it all was said and done. But no – it is wonderful – I did take the time to measure off the same amount of yarn when casting on both pieces (actually wrote it down when I started) so I would lessen the odds of mismatch.

What’s Left: Collar, Belt and seaming…


the Temptress:
Le Gilet Long
Effet “Tie & Dye”

read the Complete OndeAlong HERE

10 responses to “Tuesday, August 17, 2004”

  1. Karen says:

    Looks great!
    I’m working on this same item for the knitalong and have attached my collar but had to order a bit more yarn to finish the belt (yes, I probably could have lived without the belt but I had already returned to the fabric store twice to get the D-rings in the correct size so I wasn’t about to give in!). Any tips for sewing on the snaptape would certainly be welcome. I think I remember a posting on your site about using tissue paper with the sewing machine so I’m going to go check that out before I embark!

  2. Bonne Marie says:

    Hey Karen! I’ve been thinking about how to do that too!

    Thanks for motivating me to get that collar done so I can GET TO IT!

  3. Theresa says:

    WooHoo! Looks great! I’m in a very purple mood these days — the sweater is going to be very fun to wear.

  4. Silvia says:

    That Onde looks like a million euros! As far as the sewing in of snap tape, I basted mine in first then sewed it up. Also you may want to sew both down both sides of the tape in the same direction to prevent distortion (i.e. from neck to bottom).

  5. Bonne Marie says:

    Thanks Sil!!! I am a true believer in basting – but never would’ve thought about sewing down in the same direction – way cool…

    I actually am very excited about this snap-tape – could be a whole new closure adventure for future projects. I’m going to start looking for some ribbon based snap tape soon…

  6. Karen says:

    Oops! I noticed that it was actually on Sylvia’s blog that I saw the tissue paper recommendation. Sorry about that!

    Looks like the new Winter collection is up on the Phildar site!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    For bluegrass fans, I would reccommend This is a project of WAMU (the NPR station from American University Radio). They stream bluegrass programming 24/7. It’s great if you are stuck at your computer. BTW, love the sweater.

  8. Carrie says:

    Wow, the Onde yarn is so beautiful. I can’t wait to see the finished sweater!

    And let’s hear it for bluegrass on NPR…I’ll take me some Mountain Stage on a Sunday afternoon any day!

  9. Carrie says:

    And – that pic of you and your Mom is ADORABLE.

  10. Heather says:

    I loved working with onde…so much that I ordered more!

    I love it in the purple too…I think it’s been my favorite knit…

    Looking terrific!

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