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Thursday, June 17, 2004

SUMMERTIME KIP! the BEST!
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TONIGHT! 7-9pm Letizia’s 2144 W Division


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However thought they could start a lace project at 11pm, should be sent to their room immediately for some QUIET TIME…

In an effort to make Wardrobe Reality, I started a little lace poncho this weekend. And re-started, and re-started until my head spun! I tried 5 different stitch patterns, in all. I wrote all of the stitch patterns down (I really liked something called Bead Stitch and will use it in the future…) but forgot to photograph them before I RIPPED ‘em OUT! What a pretty little story board that would’ve made…

First off, I went with some Brilla (Filatura di Crosa) in a very pretty cream. Alas, this yarn is just too shiny for what I had in mind. I was hoping to use a variation of something called Vine Lace but the pattern was just lost in the glare from the rayon wrap of the yarn.

I had expanded the mesh portion of the pattern – in fact, 2 of my first tries were mesh only. I really like the way it looked but all I could think of was how BORRINNNNg…

So then I went on to another type of yarn – this one a deep Stash Revival of an eBay purchase. It is similar to Cotton Classic, but actually a DK instead of worsted weight. It cost all of $12.00 for 1200 yds. – came in a very large unwound skein that has been frightening me for almost two years.

Well, two years ago, I was only working in the mailroom. Today, I’m the CEO! I took that skein and WOUND IT! To the suppliers credit, it was skeined beautifully and did not snag or fuss or pull in the process of ball-making.

And I was rewarded with a wonderful, mercerized, soft, cabled delight-of-a-yarn that doesn’t glare in the light because it’s too shiny and shows the simple stitch pattern beautifully.

I think this final stitch is perfect. It is inspired by a garment I saw on the #66 bus on Tuesday morning. A very stylish young woman had on a black eyelet lace pullover in a wonderful pattern that looked like little bells seperated by more open mesh stripes.

You’ve seen them everywhere too – they are simply a looooong rectangle that is sewn after it is folded lengthwise, leaving an opening for the head.

I am going on vacation in August to North Carolina with the fam, and need a nice little shoulder holder to wear over my summer dresses…

9 Responses to “Thursday, June 17, 2004”

  1. Larry says:

    I’ve made one of those “ponshawl” things. 72″ of ribbing can get pretty mind numbing but the finished product is way cute. And they look good on just about anyone. On you, I think it will be fabulous!

  2. Bonne Marie says:

    Hey Dude! Long time no see – how’s it going? I think I will love this little poncho – hope to wear it ALOT!

  3. rachelkates says:

    I am not worthy! It’s lovely! And I hope this means there’s a lace tank pattern on the horizon.

    So sorry I can’t KIP tonight, I’ll be packing for a weekend wedding and prepping the house for my mom’s visit next week.

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    Have a great trip Rachel – see you when you get back!

  5. Michelle says:

    How inspiring! Love it!

    I hope to meet you tonight, as I will be attending KIP for the first time!

  6. Dani says:

    Bonne Marie, you will be bringing the trend south if you wear your poncho here in NC. I am planning to make one myself but I never see ANYONE wearing them here. The old jokes about the south being six months behind the rest of the country are true sometimes :-). The stitch pattern you settled on is lovely.

  7. NANCY says:

    i MADE A PONCHO FOR MY 16 YEAR OLD FOR HER BIRTHDAY. I USED A NUBBY WHITE COTTON AND A VERY FORGIVING LACY PATTERN. I MADE TWO 13 X 26 INCH RECTANGLES AND NEEDED MY 21 YEAR OLD SON TO HELP ME PIECE IT TOGETHER. MATH WAS NEVER MY THING. I WOULD JOIN YOU FOR KNITTING TONIGHT BUT I AM AT WORK AT THE LIBRARY IN NEW JERSEY AND I AM KNITTING HERE.

  8. Meg says:

    I really like that stitch pattern – that’s going to be one lovely poncho. Maybe something like a modern Victorian shawl that you don’t have to constantly adjust? I finished my Sitcom Chic & love it – thanks so much for a *sweet* pattern!

  9. Bonne Marie says:

    Thank you, Meg!

    You are right on the same brain wave as me – I think of this poncho like a non-fussy shawl, too!

 
 
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