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knit it up October 11, 2012

actual knitting getting done…

This was my traveling companion recently and has become the evening knitting. Finding a nice little lamp, focused on the moving stitches makes it easy to work on the dark yarn without going insane.

The texture is slightly amusing; the front band tickles me too.

Chic Knits UMA

This is UMA, made from the top down, starting with the Back shoulder line.

Then each Front is started at the back neckline with a Neckband and
then sts are picked up across the shoulder after the Neckband is to length.

The sections are worked to the underarm, where they are joined
and worked as one to hem.

I happily reached the Pocket Point last night — you put some of the stitches on scrap yarn to hold, cast on more sts for the pocket band, which is right in the body of the sweater.

Just a few more inches and this will be at the hem!

I had a lot of fun taking these pictures. I think.

It’s getting darker all the time out at the Little Cabin in the Woods (insert “omg October is almost half over!” here) and I’m determined to learn fill-lighting. Probably doesn’t help that my WIP is BLACK~! (and the curtains white) but why start easy?!.

[Anything to avoid P.A.C.K.I.N.G.]

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New Threads Tuesday May 25, 2010

New Threads TUESDAY!
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Theory-Nonah-Dress-8816

This is a dress from Theory, called NONAH, and its lovely architecture recently caught my eye (and followed me home). This sleeveless dress has a unique shape, with unique combinations of materials and textures– the top portion, made from cupro (similar to tencel) & silk, floats over the almost sheer jersey portion, which is made from modal & triacetate. The drape of the bottom portion of the design had me skeptical (jophurs, anyone?) until I tried it on, and it was unbelievably flattering.

It is also has a characteristic that I’ve become intrigued with: Tone-on-Tone coloring. Even though the dress is totally Black, the fabrics it’s made from dye differently and give a subtle variation in color depending on the light source and time of day.

But what about those bare arms — what about the recent brutal air conditioning that’s poor little Chicago’s knee-jerk response to +90 overnights?

Enter CeCe:

Theory-CeCe-8812

Finished this weekend, with some sleeve seaming, button sewing and a nice bath, this little lace cardi was just the rescue my goose-bumped arms needed this weekend at the Oriental Theatre while in the audience of the Billy Elliot matinee. The cotton blend yarn gives just enough warmth without stifling — the lace (and the buttons) add a little temperature control of their own. For even more fun, I love the look of a cardigan draped over the shoulders and this works nicely!

Pattern: Chic Knits CeCe
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Phildar MARJORY

What’s next? I’m dreaming of a stole (or shrug)? Funny to be so enamored by rectangles and not at all interested in triangles…

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