Archive for June, 2005

Someone got his summer cut

Posted by jackie blue on June 15th, 2005

I know, I know…

Posted by jackie blue on June 14th, 2005

I don’t call, I don’t write, I don’t pop in here with a finished Reliefs tank. I DID start the second side, I swear. But the stuff is such a pain to work with that I haven’t been inspired the past week. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been knitting – I have. I decided I wanted to start a tank out of the Phil Lin I bought. But the problem was, that tank needed to be on 4mm needles. The only 4mm Addis I have were taken up by Deli, that Cash Cotton cardi. So, I needed to at least finish the second front piece of that to temporarily free up my needles. Of course I could have bought another pair, but bear with me, this is called “drumming up a reason to work on a project”.

So, that piece was finished on Sunday and I started the Phil Lin tank at a gathering of the F Train Girls on the Q Line.
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Exciting, isn’t it? This is the back. Straight ribbing to the armholes. Doesn’t get much more exciting than this.

I think I may have inspired a new knitter though. A enthusiastic teen or very young 20s (who can tell anymore? I’m getting that old) sat down next to me on the subway yesterday and asked me about my knitting and before I knew it, I was telling her all about the Stitch n’ Bitch book and getting her really psyched to learn knitting. Yay!

Funky

Posted by jackie blue on June 6th, 2005

So I’m still plugging away at the Cash Cotton cardi but with summer finally arrived, my thoughts turn to lightweight knitting and bare pieces that I can wear NOW. So it was no surprise that when I got home with all that Phildar, it would come out immediately.

It was a pretty knitty weekend and so I finished one side of the Phildar Reliefs tank. It’s just a simple scoop neck stockinette tank, but with that weird ass yarn, you get a garment that is already getting a lot of attention from people around me. It’s really cool looking in person.
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It’s also surprisingly spongy and drapey. Despite it’s 100% polymide makeup, I think it will be a cool tank for hot weather. We’ll see. The back (or front?) is just like this piece, so it should go fairly quickly on the 6mm needles.
Will report back soon!

Paris Highlights #2 – Shopping

Posted by jackie blue on June 2nd, 2005

You can’t go to Paris without shopping, and when you have three knit bloggers, shopping is going to be mostly knitting related. Sure, I bought other things – a couple of scarves, lots of expensive chocolate, a print for my wall, and a cool antique soap sign (repro of course) for my bathroom. I was on a quest for shoes since the Arche shoes I like are cheaper there, but alas, a couple of attempts to buy in the big dept. stores didn’t result in any I liked, and I never made it to the boutiques. I fell in love with a pair of shoes in a store near our place, but they didn’t have my size. I forgot to note the designer in case I wanted to search for them. And well, if you’ve read Bonne Marie’s blog, I lost out on a great pair of retro pumps. At least they got a great home. The shoe gods were just NOT looking out for me.

But the knitting gods were. Look what I found at our first shopping stop, the flea market at Port du Vanves. And for only 10 Euro.
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At the same flea market, we found a great vendor that had antique buttons and trimmings. After much sifting through, I came away with these:
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I don’t know what they’ll be used for, but they sure are pretty.
A trip to Le Bon Marche with the Paris knitters resulted in only some Phildar magazines and three skeins of Anny Blatt for a scarf. How’s that for restraint? But, it just didn’t feel right. I mean, here I had all the Phildar at my disposal that I can’t get at home unless I mail order from overseas, and then shipping is high, so why aren’t I buying more? Remedy that with a trip to a Phildar boutique in our neighborhood on our last full day. There I bought enough Reliefs and Phil Lin to make 2 tanks. I started one. I’ll save that post for another day.