Monday, March 31, 2008

My Artsy Fartsy Design

A while back I had great aspirations to make a Norah Goghan design but bailed because I'm lazy and deemed it fiddly for me. Gadzooks I had to sew seams together!(it's a gorgeous rich design called the Russian Coat from Vogue Holiday 2007) But I took the idea and rattled it around in my brain. Here's what I came up with. Constructed top down as a raglan, round neck then extended to a point with a couple of button holes then decreased it back until I got sick of that.
I dislike the tell tale short row line on the back . I have since learned several other versions of shortrowing that are not as visible.

This fuzzy detail is the double I-cord. A floaty operation that was enjoyable to do and gave the sweater an interesting detail.
Oh, you noticed there are no pictures showing the sleeves? Well, they're long. No, they're looooonnnngggg. I've rolled them up and ya know, looks good!
The yarn is Ella Rae and to be honest, it was not as enjoyable to work with the colored skeins as the off white for my Sea Urchin pinwheel sweater was. It's a good lazy day sweater to throw on.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wait! I'm not ready yet!

I'm still working on the winter suit skirt. [insert non-existant photo of work-in-progress here.] It's ready for the first try on to know if I continue or frog it for the next try. With spring busting out today I'm not going to be able to wear the ensemble in its meant for climate until late fall. Oh, well. I wouldn't stop spring from coming for all the worsted weight in the world. I can almost see the entire width of my driveway. I haven't seen that for months.
I received a notice for Fiber Twist this year. It's being held October 25 in Deerfield. I believe you can tour to various farms for demos and such.
Even better? WEBS anniversary sale is coming up soon! It's crazy madness but well worth it. I've been skulking the warehouse, taking notes (how sick am I!). I may know the stock as well as the clerks that work there do.
I found something interesting today. I love to short row but don't like the mark it leaves. I googled short rows and found tutorials on japanese short rows. This one made the most sense to me. Seems to not leave that tell-tale twisted thread. We'll be giving it a shot on the next sock heel.