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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

what’s more holiday than Holiday?


that would be, in the
Greater Chicagoland Area, a V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!!

And if you think my DNA gets all wiggly in a new clothes knitting tither over one day, think of how spazzed I might get over a WHOLE WEEK?!!

Given there was only a weekend to rock around this concept, I wasted no time. I’ve had this yarn forever – Cleckheaton Tencel Wool (but of course, discontinued). This fiber was actually a souvenir from another vacation I took a few years ago when I was traveling in Traverse City, Michigan and stumbled into Baa Baa Black Sheep yarns out on 8th St.

In it’s first incarnation, (and it seems for the last few projects I’ve made I’ve used re-cycled project yarn exclusively), this was going to be a stole. This idea was ditched because I DIDN’T REALLY READ THE BALL BAND! A lace project usually needs to be extremely blocked and Tencel? Not really a candidate for the way I wanted to steam and shape…

So it was FROGGED and washed and lay waiting for its Special Day(s).

And that was the Weekend. I’d actually gotten a head start on this design a few weeks ago – I’d seen shrugs and boleros everywhere – but none of them were going to fit me the way I wanted. My problem with the Shrug? I love the way they look on everyone else; I can’t abide the way they make me look (from behind).

In fact this whole Shrug episode made me question some fundamental realities that exist for all of us.

For instance, questions for all eternity: why am I so concerned with my appearance when all I can really *see* of my body (in a standing position) is only about 15% of its mass. For 100% of the time, why will I NEVER see myself 100% from behind. (Mirrors LIE LIE lie…) Why is it we are facing forwards? Wouldn’t it be fine to really understand how your toe-to-top stylings were workin’ the room?

Maybe not. For me, anyway, I just have a *feeling* a shrug would do me wrong.


Enter the Cutaway! This is a shorter sweater with a curved front and almost wrist length sleeves. It has a high V-neck, buttoning right on the start of what would be my cleavage, if I had one…

I have a jacket that does this and love the way it looks. And this design version has all the curves and sassy fit (not a lot of ease – to fit over just light T’s and tanks) of those other toppers without my *problem*…

Enter the Tencel Wool! I’m hoping it will be a great travel companion – it washes like a dream, has wonderful drape, and just a little cozy warmth from that wool for the cooler Spring temps…

Now if I would just get in gear and PACK!

Design: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Cleckheaton *Tencel Wool*
Color: #2059 Black
Gauge: 22sts / 30rows over 4″
Needles: #3 & #5

37 responses to “Tuesday, May 17, 2005”

  1. Stacie says:

    It is gorgeous!! Will you offer the pattern for sale?

  2. Marg says:

    O IlikeitIlikeitIlikeit! Stylish, sophisticated…with the potential to be casual when required…You might start a trend — in Paris!!

  3. Diane says:

    Wow! This is just what I’ve been looking for – for about the last 10 years. I sincerely hope that you do offer the pattern.

  4. kate says:

    please please please offer this pattern

    It is exactly what I have been wanting / needing

    please please please

    luv kate

  5. Linda says:

    Yes, please please please make the pattern available. I’m way too long-waisted for a shrug and your cut-away will be perfect!

  6. greta says:

    yeah, baby!
    Show me where to point and PAYPAL…
    Most of my travel wardrobe now contains
    tencel…and I do believe there is some of
    that Very Fiber in the discontinued section
    of my stash….
    Have a LOVELY vacation!

  7. Jessica says:

    It looks wonderful and you look wonderful! Have a lovely time in Paris, and please make the pattern available for sale…

  8. Bonne Marie says:

    AHOY! This will definitely be a future pattern! :)

    Would some of you mind helping me out? If you would email me two measurements, I could average a fit. Please send the info to:

    (Please do not leave the measurements in this comments section :)

    I need:
    1 – meaurement from nape of neck to waist.
    2 – favorite sleeve length

  9. lynette says:

    the pattern looks great on you! have a wonderful time in Paris, and i also hope you offer the pattern soon.

  10. monica says:

    It’s beatiful! Perfect for Paris. Have a lovely time!

  11. Knit Chick says:

    Beautiful. I hope you decide sell the pattern. I’d buy it.

  12. Heather says:

    Gorgeous! I hope that you will be offering the pattern for sale. I see a Christmas present there!

  13. Laurie says:

    This is a really nice sweater! I shy away from cardigans because they just don’t hang the way I think they will. But this “drape” is very pretty.

  14. Jackie says:

    Wow, oh wow, you knit that SO FAST! And it’s lovely.
    Perfect for Paris. I am shamed how little handknits are coming with me.

    Oh, packing. Eeek. I haven’t even gotten the suitcase down from the top of the closet, never mind decide what’s going in it.

  15. Leisel says:

    This is a great sweater design.
    Don’t feel to bad about the shrugs… personally, I have never seen one that looked good on anyone… including the uber-skinny models they show them on. Boleros are cute enough, but shrugs are awful.

  16. stephanie says:

    this is fabulous! I’m very excited that you’re making it available to pattern slaves like me :)

  17. margene says:

    Oooo, another great pattern from Chicknits!! Can’t wait.

  18. Wendy says:

    I think it is fabulous and definitely more wearable than a shrug! Gotta have that patttern!

  19. Meredith says:

    That is a lovely sweater, and just about perfect for ME! I do hope you have it up for sale sometime soon. Shrugs are lovely but I’m already 5’10” and they just make me look weird. :) If you do write it up, could you add some instructions on how to fit it for different lengths? I generally have no problem fitting into standard sizing but things are often too short. Mo’ knitting love, Meredith

  20. Leanne says:

    I echo all of the other comments, wow, beautiful, and when is it for sale! Have a wonderful trip.

  21. suzanne says:

    I’ll join the horde lining up with my PayPal! What a fab sweater, looks easy to wear and is VERY FLATTERING! Hope you can get the pattern to us soon. Loved making the Ribby; will be making the shell next and HOPEFULLY Cutaway as well. FABULOUS!

  22. Leanne says:

    Like everyone else, I am eagerly anticipating the patterns debut Actually, I am eagerly anticipating all of your recent garments in pattern form – you are sooo good at what you do.

  23. Leslie says:

    At last! A shrug for grownups. Can’t wait to get my mits on that pattern.

  24. Jane B. says:

    Great new sweater. Please make the pattern available. I will send in my measurements.

    Have a great time in Paris. I WISH I was going. I love Paris.

  25. Sara says:

    Love the shrug-for-grownups. I’ll buy the pattern!

  26. Susan says:

    Beautiful! Waiting for the pattern….ha ha

  27. Gaile says:

    Lovely sweater! Shrugs are like ponchos, not for *every* body! You’ll be totally stylin’ in Paris – lucky you! You need to stay off the computer now and PACK! Have a wonderful and safe trip!

  28. Gina says:

    Lovely! I would definitely buy the pattern.

  29. Liz C. says:

    Please add me to the list of people waiting for this pattern. This is JUST WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR but didn’t have the where-with-all to figure it out. Hopefully it won’t take too long to get the pattern out to us. Just beautiful!

  30. Wanda says:

    I was just thinking that I would like some sort of shrug or something. This is infinitely better and more wearable for more bodies. Love it.

  31. elisabeth says:

    Love. It.

    Have Iris on the needles, but I think your design might be more fitting, so to speak.

  32. Melissa says:

    So cute! I am in awe of your productivity!

  33. La says:

    Your sweater is a great compromise between the shrug challenged (of which I am one) and the cardi class. Awesome!

    BTW, I just wanted to let you know, you were one of the top donors for my Revlon Run/Walk. Prizes will be heading out as soon as I get off my lazy butt and take it to the post office.

    Thanks again!

  34. Becky says:

    Ooooooh, THIS I love. Just love! I’m all over cropped cardigans and boleros, but I can’t knit myself any shrugs even though I like to see them on others. (Shrugs tend to accentuate the fact that I was given little boobage. Thanks, Mom!)

  35. Therese says:

    Speaking of chicknits patterns, I’d love to purchase the one for Rockstar. I hope you make it available.

  36. allison says:

    yes, yes – pattern, please!!

  37. Beth S. says:

    Please tell us that this pattern is on the way! I would love something that is shrug-ish, but sized for ME! I am no longer 19 years old and rail thin. I don’t want the heaviness of a s-w-e-a-t-e-r, and I don’t want cropped ANYTHING, but this would be a nice, tailored, throw-it-on with anything piece.

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