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Friday, April 21, 2006


It’s sort of New Threads Friday – I finished the new borders last night at KIP – and re-seamed the sleeve.

This jacket is from Rowan 19 and is called *Jazz*. That Spring pattern collection [maybe 1997 ? I got it on eBay in 2003] was intriguing – the selections were either very boxy – or very very fitted.

Jazz is almost too fitted – it really reflects the parameters of a fabric design more than a sweater – some of the proportions in the body shaping are more conducive to a woven material rather than knitting.

And, but of course, I could not follow the instructions exactly, and I substituted another yarn instead of the Denim yarn that was called for. Call me nutty but I love good cheap yarn. This was made from something called Aunt Lydia’s Denim Art – and is marketed as a crochet fiber [size 10 worsted wt Linen color]. I got it at Michael’s?

It comes on a cone and is a cotton poly blend which is what I was attracted to – better washability I hoped – but I swatched it and found it to be just as shrink prone as regular cotton. The content split is 75/25. So it was a straight substitution into the pattern – you make the garment then you shrink it in the washing machine. You know, I love to live dangerously.

BahBye, parka…

smiley face picture of me wearing jacket a couple of years ago when its sleeves were still funked…

21 responses to “Friday, April 21, 2006”

  1. Leah says:

    Very stylish! You can accessorize the heck out of that baby!!

  2. Cindy says:

    It turned out great. It will be great in the slightly warmer weather you all are having now.

  3. Oooooooooh, I really like this. Wear it well!

  4. Karma says:

    I love it! Doesn’t look too fitted from here. Looks like a great spring jacket with denim jacket styling but a notch or two less casual. You wear it well!

  5. MaureenM says:

    You are stylin’ now!

    I keep hoping to see you “on the job” or on the 66 bus — especially yesterday when I was wearing my sitcom chic.

  6. Leslie says:

    I love that sweater! I’d been looking at it as a possible “do” every now and then, but you’ve just sent it over into the “must do” column.

  7. margene says:

    You really do know how to be ‘boss’ from the beginning to the end of a knit!! Nice jacket, good fix, great fit, beautiful you!

  8. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the photo. I really love how the shaping is absorbed with the seed sts panels. It is very decorative, clearly functional element.

    Great knit!

  9. Laura K. says:

    How funny–I’ve had my eye on that Aunt Lydia’s yarn for a while now, but never got around to experimenting with it. Thanks for doing it for me! See you at the Cedarville Fiber fest tomorrow??

  10. Marg says:

    It’s lovely, Bonne Marie — very classy! I only wish I had enough curves to do justice to a jacket like that!

    And thanks, too, for your instructions — I’m gonna use ’em to lengthen my DD’s Ribby. :-)

  11. Jennifer says:

    I like it! Sounds like a good sub too.

  12. Imbrium says:

    That is damn sexy. Congratulations!

  13. Amy Lu says:

    Wow! I love that jacket! Tres chic!

  14. That is one of the best knit jackets I’ve seen! A wonderful trade-in from the parka now that warmer weather is here.

  15. Delica says:

    Yeah – you are parka-less!

  16. Terry says:

    You know, this is one big! reason I admire you – you can see the good in all yarn price ranges. There must be a reason yarns like Lydia’s has been around awhile! And the sweater is looking good. ok #66 riders – here comes the styling Bonne!

  17. Chris says:

    Looks very cool – and who woulda guess that Aunt Lydia’s could substitute for Rowan?!

  18. meg says:

    Heh, heh – stickin’ it to the man? Wonder how much of a markup they put on Rowan . . .
    Sweet jacket! I must’ve I watched the construction right here on your blog – doesn’t seem like a long time ago.

  19. Amazing jacket! Very chic. :) Keep putting the love out there.

  20. Pam says:

    Using Aunt Lydia yarn…the reason I was attracted to your blog from the beginning. Every yarn that you use doesn’t have to cost mega bucks to end up with a wonderful sweater. It’s great now and was from the start.

  21. katie says:

    Oh my gosh, Bonne Marie! The jacket is really cute, but what I really want to compliment you on right now is CeCe! It’s amazing!

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