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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Scoop du Jour! Machine knit fronts – one with hand ribbed edgings

If one could be said to have a Split Knitting Personality, I am GUILTY! The cool thing is that it goes right along with the Split Weather Personality of CHICAGO these days – one day is very cool and rainy – then the next, is tropically TORCHED!

My dilemma? I can’t stand to touch WOOL right now…

So off the Chopping Block of WIPs comes the Fern sweater.

AND, in it’s place goes:
Scoop du Jour!

I’ve had a bag and a half of Rowan All Seasons Cotton (my very favorite yarn) languishing in the Stash Palace for quite awhile. I was clueless as to what to make from it – the original idea died a lingering death and vaporized some time last year or thereabouts…

But I love this yarn’s subtle varieagation – Grey on Grey – and saw a Utility Sweater in my FUTURE!

Now that Rapunzel and Wavy Bulb are history, I’m set on the FANCY PANTS Front for quite awhile and can make some WORK CLOTHES!

YES! I work for a living – 50-60 hours a week on my regular photojournalist gig.

And I need clothes – cool clothes – I am caught in an endless round of T-shirts and GASP, Parkas and my head is just reeling with the threat of another Autumn looking like a UPS Delivery Guy.

OH WAIT – I just bought this activewear jacket to work in because it WOULD make me look like…

Anyways, in a fit of extreme energy, I pulled out my freshly acquired knitting machine (similar to the one in this auction) this weekend and whipped out most of the body parts of this sweater. Then begins the hand finishing – which for this garment is fat, chunky ribbing on all the edges.

It has a wide scoop neck, with deep ribbing on the bottom and less deep ribbing on the trim.

Just the Saucy Sassy Cardi that BUSTS the Parka/Tshirt tyranny!

Can you see the mistake with this piece? Ahhh, the power of cheese, the photos never lie!

I’m going to have to RIPPIT! Hey Froggy, once again I’m following your mantra!

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10 responses to “Tuesday, August 31, 2004”

  1. Leslie says:

    You want a cool “performance” jacket? Check this out…

    A friend of mine has one. Desperately coveting. Totally expensive. Totally cool.

  2. Silvia says:

    It looks kind of like marble all knit up. Very pretty.

  3. Ying says:

    I’m so glad you’re talking about your KM! When I discuss my machine knitting stuff at my office knitting circle, the hand knitters seem to be disgusted. Someone even said I was cheating.

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    I would have to say: a tool is a tool is a tool…

    Oceans of Stockinette st reduced to a couple of afternoons is a VERY good thing in my world.

  5. Meg says:

    I can’t see any mistake. It’s a tiny pic on my monitor, but I like it. I’ve been meaning to try my USM again. Have had it a year & still haven’t got it going!

  6. Lynne says:

    That machine looks just like the one I have had for many years. I liked it so much I got one for my mom…and she uses it a bunch. I haven’t used mine for several years, but WILL NOT part with it…I am sure the bug will bite again, and it will be up and running. I have even made shawls on it!

  7. Lisa says:

    Bonnie: Are you going to offer Wavy Bulb as a pattern? It is my favorite of your creations (other than CB jacket of course!)

  8. Bonne Marie says:

    Wavy Bulb is actually a Shirley Paden design as seen in Vogue Knitting:

    you can read the details there.

  9. Kim Stalder says:

    I just wanted to say that there is nothing wrong with looking a bit like a UPS delivery guy…..if you are actually a guy. My adorable husband is one of those very sexy UPS delivery guys and I love to look at him each and every day in those “browns”.

  10. froggy says:

    i just know that there is a f,r,o,and g in knitting. i can’t ever find it, but it always finds me, lol. i have just discovered the asc. don’t where i’ve been. you’re right this yarn is fab!

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