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New Threads Tuesday April 23, 2013

There is only one way to describe today in Portland: SPARKLING!

The weather is so crisply sunny it almost hurts the eyes while it is inviting one to frolic…

Just the kind of weather for a bike ride, a run, a stroll

A little time at a sidewalk cafe…

A little time in a little dress topped with a happy new FO!

Chic Knits Vonica

Pattern: Chic Knits VONICA
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: UNK Italian Wool/Cotton DK
Color: Muted Turquoise

This has been one of my famous start-n-stop projects, looked at longingly but knocked out the way by deadline knitting and then! Colder weather and the longing for warmer “lap robes” (that’s my pet name for top-down all-in-one-piece projects).

Two curious things about this: first, I have no idea what the yarn is. I do know i bought it many many moons ago on ebay and it was a cone end from an Italian factory. I also had it in olive (made the Sandrine cardigan sample with that) and have happily been wearing (and washing) that ever since.

It has a lightness both in weight and the wearing, a very nice combo of fibers. Somehow it seems to be self-adjusting – just enought wool for warmth; just enough cotton for cool.

The second interesting thing is this dress!

It is one of the few surviving garments from my student days in San Francisco – a design I put together for a class. I wore it constantly in the day – now it’s a little tight and WAY too short but I like to leave it on a hangar on my bedroom door. Just a talisman to wish for the muse to linger…

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6 responses to “New Threads Tuesday April 23, 2013”

  1. Sandra Milton says:

    I love your finished “Vonica” and I love this pattern. It produces such a classy and good looking garment using your amazing techniques. Your dress is really fabulous too! You are an extremely talented lady!!!!

  2. Patty says:

    Once again a beautiful pieces Bonne Marie! And Sandra beat me to it…you are such a talented lady!

  3. Maureen says:

    I have a black & white dress and I had not thought of turquoise with it but that is just the ticket to make it look fresh.
    Still miss you on the 66 although it’s been years. Glad you are enjoying Portland.

  4. Beth says:

    The sparkling spring days are what we live for here in the Pacific Northwest. How would we get through the dreary days in between without the memory of these days? Love your new sweater!

  5. Bonne Marie says:

    I am SO loving it – was cutting my grass and singing! (I think that might’ve scared the mailman!)

    Thanks so much for the kind words, too!

    Miss you Maureen – but it’s so much more polite here on the bus! No flash mobs either ;p

  6. amy says:

    Vonica is lovely. The sleeve length is perfect.

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