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sweater evolution December 3, 2013

sometimes it just isn’t over until it’s over…

Moving cross-country last year winnowed out grand portions of my household back East.

Not spared: my collection of sweaters.

Gone to good homes & beyond, anything that would not fit into the three remaining packing boxes on moving day. (You see, I’d saved the most valuable belongings to be packed until last.)

It was ruthless. And Reckless.

Funny thing is, now that I’ve put some new roots down, and it’s gotten very chilly, I’ve been reaching for some phantoms. These were the items I thought I’d brought, rescued or put away for a particularly c.o.l.d. day. But they are no longer in the wardrobe, oops! but gone on to a, hopefully, better place, c’est la vie.

Now, what remains has to really earn its keep. Once you’ve been recklessly ruthless, it’s much easier to keep downsizing and exiting those styles that are not being worn.

Case in point:
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Long ago, in 2004, I knit a wonderful cardigan, one of the most ambitious projects I’ve ever attempted, a design from the Vknitting Fall 2002 magazine.

In my newbie-ish, mad-knitting-scientist way, I tinkered it right from the beginning, imposing a scoop-necked huge collared zippered cardigan mod on a pullover pattern.

But. I never wore it!

Thinking it was the zipper I really loathed, that became a buttonband (in 2008).

And. I still. Never wore it!

How it became one of the sweaters that survived the moving rough cut is a mystery but survive it did and the other day, I decided it was finally now or never.

Enter that perennial favorite here at Studio Chic Knits: The Dyepot.

Even though I really love the color, it was time for a change!

So off came the collar, on went a neckband and into the bubbly. I used something I’d acquired at a fiber fest long ago – some Gaywool Dye in the color LONGWOOD, a rich deep brown.

This product mix is really appealing – no additional stuff has to be added during the process (salt, sodium acetate, etc) so it was almost a set-it-and-forget it kind of hour or so in the simmer.

Rinsed thoroughly and given a final vinegar-laced pass and VOILA:

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Even the buttons match now!

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Such a deep lovely burgundy – and who said being stubborn doesn’t pay…

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Thanksgiving Eve November 27, 2013

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the key to a happy holiday: cozy layers & a ‘lil pumpkin pie…

Chic Knits {{ HEY GIRL }} cardi – our version of the boyfriend –

— Linen jumper with full-length T-Dress liner from Monoreno; Tati boots by Børn —

There’s nothing I like better than a newly finished hand-knit and good food with friends!


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Alby KAL November 15, 2013

Now that it’s what I like to call “gap weather” here in Portland, it’s time to make the neckwear to fill the, you know…

I’ve been busy making a little lace accessory for moi with some of my knitting friends

If you’d like to join us – there’s an Alby KAL going on in the Chic Knits group here

We’re having lots of fun putting together Alby shawls in very pretty color combinations – I’m on my Alby #4. When I first put my colors together, I was going to use some really interesting variegated sock yarn for the body of the shawl (now slated for a slouchy beanie) but as I was knitting my border I noticed a color combo that occured with the lace against the dark indigo jeans I was wearing –

This pinged my memory – I had some left-over yarn from a 2012 beanie project and it would be perfect for a simple but dramatic pairing:

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I love the look of the creamy BARE NAKE WOOL fingering (in Oatmeal) alongside the dark dark navy of the RANCO.

And there’s something about when you hit an exciting ingredient point that spurs the knitting right along and it wasn’t too much later that this happened:

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If I kick it into high gear – I can wear this to Sunday brunch. hmm…

….. get into the fun over here…prizes and more…Alby KAL …..

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