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Friday, October 27, 2006

New Threads FRIDAY!


Pattern: Chic Knits
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Jo Sharp *DK Wool*
Color: Navy
Gauge: 22 sts/30 rows over 4″
Needles: #6

The crispy, damp weather in Chicago has made a Sneaky Pete find the finish line!

This is my favorite time of the year (give or take a little of the damp back to where it belongs – North Sea?)

Now is the time I can relish the sweater wardrobe and pair it with a down vest or two. My favorites – an older Black down vest with stretchy knit sides – and a new vest I got up in Northern Lower Michigan a couple of weeks ago at a J.C. Penny’s coat sale. It is Chesnut Brown, very fitted, with some nice channel quilt detailing. Much more wearable than your run-of-the-mill square quilting you see everywhere else.

My other must-have on a vest – SNAPS! paired with a zipper, for quick closure + quick release. Fantasy wish list: 2-way zippers on ALL outerwear for the chilly climes. Why men’s clothing almost always have his option, but not Ladies is Beyond My Ability to Understand -wtf? I run; I jump; I split those single zippers like banana peels.

I love the look of Navy with Black – this is my uniform for Winter 2006-2007 – I love how the hood on this turned out. It folds really great – a combination of shaping and drape. Not the best picture – but this is body conscious/fitted and has nice active-wear fitting sleeves as well. This is the second sweater I’ve made from Jo Sharp DK Wool – why did they discontinue this stuff?

Although I knit this almost to the buttonband gauge of 22.5 sts per 4″, I think this yarn would work well even at 19-20 sts per inch. [omg we’re pushing the envelope here step back].

The lovely Amisha (doing some swatching for Ariann) even says: “I’m currently having excellent luck with Jo Sharp DK wool, the regular kind. Ball band says 22.5 st/4 in, and I get pretty close to that on a size 6 needle (and a pretty tight fabric). On a 7, though, I get exactly 19 st/4 in (and in fact JS has a couple of patterns that are at that gauge)– I have to say I like the fabric better, the knitting is a bit quicker, and it works *perfectly* for your designs. The yarn also seems to be very sturdy (it’s not merino, but it’s completely un-scratchy– more of a substantial feel) and it doesn’t pill. Wheee!”

WHEEE indeed – I’ve been *compiling* a bit of this stuff myself since they discontinued (and discounted) it. Now I can go amuse myself and make some swatches at this bigger gauge and see what up.


21 responses to “Friday, October 27, 2006”

  1. Darn you and your fabulous sweaters!! Darn you to heck!! Looks great :)

  2. Carol says:

    Just beautiful!

  3. Lara900 says:

    great sweater. Am just finishing a hoodie for my ds…: it’s the season for hoodies.

  4. Jennifer says:

    So gorgeous and comfortable!

  5. Karen B. says:

    This is an instant classic, m’lady! I found myself looking for the “buy now” button :o)

  6. amisha says:

    (bows down before the lovely draping hood) gorgeous new sweater!! and this just in– i got the woodland woolworks catalog a couple of days ago, and there was a big ol’ page of jo sharp wool, at regular price. what could this mean? maybe they discontinued some colors or type of ball… it looked after a quick search like the packaging had changed. STILL kicking myself for not stocking up when WEBS had it on closeout months ago…
    p.s. you know you want to put that pattern up for sale. :)

  7. margene says:

    You are hard to keep up with! It looks like another great sweater thatis a must knit!

  8. Romi says:

    I *heart* your stuff, Bonne Marie. Another cool one!

  9. It’s not discontinued!

    Jo Sharp changed distributors; she’s now distributed by JCA ( I think the closeouts happened as the previous distributors cleaned out their warehouses.

  10. Sharon says:

    Great sweater–love that hood! I am knitting a top-down sweater in Jo Sharp DK Tweed, which has a slightly different texture from the DK Wool. More lanoliny? The ball band says 22 st/4″, but I’m knitting it at 20 st/4″ and like the fabric much better.

  11. ingrid says:

    I have been looking for a plain kd weight pattern to do some fun colour work with Noro yarn. I was contemplating taking one of your worsted weight patterns and turning it into dk…you may have beaten me to it!

  12. Delica says:

    Another winner for Bonnie Marie! (And I agree with you on the whole double zipper thangy – I didn’t realize the fashion industry was discriminating against us active women!)

  13. Wanda says:

    Ahh, I love it. Jo Sharp DK wool is lovely to work with. I used some last year for a cardi and I *heart* it. It’s not discontinued though. She just changed distributors. That’s good stuff and if you got some on clearance, that’s a good thing.

  14. Julia says:

    Holy cow woman! You are a designing machine! Would you kindly wait until I finish your last design before you publish any more? How am I supposed to keep up with this? Now all that zipper talk has me wondering if this new one could sport a big ol’ 2-way zip?

  15. Sarah says:

    Nothings better on these yucky days that a comfy hoodie!! Have a good weekend…it’s supposed to be lovely!

  16. Fiona says:

    Thats really nice! I was looking for the ‘buy now’ button too….. :)

  17. Karin says:

    I love the look of that cardi. But are those loose threads I spy at the bottom of the cardi?

  18. Bonne Marie says:

    Que? I think you’re looking at the printing on the mannequin? Hee.

  19. sogalitno says:


    so when can we buy it….?

  20. Loren says:

    The cardi is gorgeous. I, too, was looking for the ‘buy now’ button as I gazed at the sweater. I need to purchase the J.S. DK soon, so I will have it when you publish the pattern for the sweater.

  21. laughingrat says:

    That is nice, it’s very classic!

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