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Friday, January 20, 2006

New Threads FRIDAY!



c’est bonne

Pattern: ChicKnits
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Rowan *Kidsilk Spray*
Color: #572 Pebbles
Gauge: 20sts/28rows over 4″
Needles: #5 & #7
Type: Fusion

WOOT! The first Finished Sweater of 2006! Just in time for a weekend romp – the Kidsilk Haze ChicKami…

I have to nod ye olde noggin’ towards Spencer at Letizia’s for providing a Finishing Vibe last night @KIP. He is their barista and also a wonderful musician and previewed his new CD for us while we stitched. Very NICE! Many thanks…

I have to admit, I was a little scared to mattress stitch this – don’t know why. But of course, here’s where I venture a guess: the Kidsilk is so skinny and slippery that I thought there would be Control Issues. Well, I don’t need $$$$$’s dollars of PsychoThr to understand that I have enough Control Issues already and surely don’t need a tank top to be pushing me around.

A mere Cupcake, juice and CD later, and we had Lift-Off! WHEW!

And there was joint rejoicing in KIPville last night as well- D wore her new Lara cardi and it is DIVINE! It has inspired all of us – Corinne is already well on her way into a luscious blue one made from wool/hemp. I am so tempted – we all decided All Women Look Wonderful in BLUE! Especially the subtle handpaints these sweaters were made from.

…Speaking of Variegated Yarn – I was pretty satisfied with the color striations in the Kidsilk Spray. There was *splotching* in a couple of places – but it added, IMHO, an interesting design element overall. My favorite place was on the skinny straps where it checkerboarded neatly, on both sides. (As always, if pooling pushes your buttons, you can use two balls of yarn and knit alternate rows. I’m doing that right now on a Manos cardigan that’s in the sample stage…)

How much do I like this? SO much that I am going to make one out of #597 Jelly (GREEN!) and one from #576 Vino [Spray] and, hmm, one out of #584 Villian… The ChicKami took less than two balls. I knit it flat, instead of in the round (take stitch count -divide in two – add 2 sts to each piece for seams – VOILA! – you are in the Flat…)

[miniHAHA: bet you might know some famous SPINNERS – yo, T. Cruz!!!]

23 responses to “Friday, January 20, 2006”

  1. Lolly says:

    Lovely! I love the way the variegations in the yarn came out on the cami. Very nice, Bonne!

    (and yes, I love D’s Lara too! Blue rocks!)

  2. Jennifer says:

    Lovely! I like the color variations.

  3. Marnie says:

    Mind of Winter Julia and I have been trying to decide how to fight our Mohair ineptitude. It seriously never occured to me to use my little LK-150, until you started. I have 8 balls of it, so the world is my silky mohair oyster. I’m thinking I might even find a simple eyelet stitch pattern and make it a bit lacy. I’m just girly like that.
    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction :)

  4. margene says:

    Another great idea from a very chic Bonne Marie;-)

  5. kerrie says:

    oooh – that looks so pretty. I love that shade of KSH but I’ve never made friends with the yarn. So many swatches and never found a gauge that I’m happy with. That doesn’t mean I can resist buying it though, I have a basket full in my stash!

  6. Imbrium says:

    Elegant and sophisticated…just like its designer. ;)

  7. Gorgeous! Hmm, I have 3 balls of KSH liqueur…

  8. Dana says:

    Lovely! The layered look is chic and not to mention warm. Now that I know it took just two balls of KSH, I may need to go stash-diving to make own of my own!
    Thanks for the compliment on my Lara, too!

  9. Terry says:

    I like it! And I like how you wear it – the stylin’ Bonne M! Hope you get the villian color – I know if you do you’ll show us a pic when it’s knit.

  10. Michelle says:

    Wow! Another to put on my to-do list. Amazing color, and I hadn’t thought to wear it that way. Fabulous.

  11. meg says:

    Wow – how cool, a light froth over a tailored shirt! It’ll look great with green, too :-) Well, just about everything, but leafy, dark, or limey is just the refreshing reminder of spring one likes, n’est-ce que pas?

  12. Bonne Marie says:

    It IS frothy! And gossamer and sheer – but the mohair gives it enough body so it actually is a *tank*.

    This beat the Mohair Buggaboo for me too. Besides the knitting ineptitude, I can’t wear a sweater out of the stuff without the temps being 20 below zero – mohair is WARM!

    But this blended stuff is just right over a shirt as a vest. *Villian* here I come…

  13. katie says:

    Ooh, so pretty. I bet it would look good over a fitted, sheer top like the one Becky wore under her butterfly cami, too. Really pretty and original!

  14. Bonne Marie says:

    Exactly! That is where I got the inspiration to try this – hey Becky – your Butterfly is the Bomb!

    I see this quite at home over a regular short-sleeved Tshirt too…

  15. lynette says:

    wow! don’t you look fancy? i love it!!!!

  16. Lydia says:

    Love the new Kami. Kid silk haze is so addictive! I just love the stuff so versatile. I just finished a hat and scarf with it and am hooked for life!!!

  17. Lydia says:

    forgot to add my url!

  18. Karen B. says:

    Don’t you look smart in your ChicKami, you rockin’ knit chick!

    BTW, our Knit Night barista, Brendan, is a musician as well. Weird, eh?

  19. stinkerbell says:

    oh mi god… I love it… I want one…
    shit MUST FINISH other things in the line up… Make me that cutaway and then oh then I WILL make it, I WILL too :)

  20. Lisa says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! I went out this weekend and bout the KSH to make one in a fuschia colour. I have your chickami pattern–did you use the same needle size?–just didn’t do it in the round?

    Keep up the amazing knitting!!

  21. Bonne Marie says:

    [KSH – bet ya can’t knit just one…]

    I knit most of this ChicKami on the machine – but used a #7 for part of the body and a #5 for the ribbing. [For a no surprise result, it’s best to make a swatch.]

  22. Scout says:

    Gorgeous as ever!

  23. carolyn says:

    wait a minute – my boyfriend spencer has a CD? what????

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