VK Fall 2007 Review

The Vogue Knitting Fall 2007- 25th Anniversary Issue! Here’s a wee sampling:
They obviously took the idea of a retrospective very seriously:I don’t really see the point in putting some of the patterns from the 80’s. Who on earth is going to knit this? The yardage alone is enough to make my head hurt.

But I think that these two are on my Must Knit list: A wine coloured lace hoodie? I’m sold! I love this so much. I whis you could see a bigger picture of the back- it’s gorgeous.

I haven’t quite figured out one thing- there is a section of the magazine that has photos and website links to several patterns that are offered by various yarn companies, that are supposedly ‘in honour’ of the 25th anniversary. But when I went to follow up on one some of the links, it seems that not all the patterns are free, which is disappointing to say the least.

There are some really great articles, notably the two interviews with Knitting’s ‘old guard’ (Kaffe Fassett, Alice Starmore, Mari Lynn Patrick, and Meg Swansen) and knitting’s ‘new guard’ (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Clara Parkes, Debibe stoller, Vickie Howell, Shannon Oakey). Their discussion of how the internet has impacted the knitting world is particularly relevant. Go read it!!

Edit:Jen I’m interested in that article since well, the internet has sensationalized almost every aspect of our lives anyways.

Silver Streak by Veronik Avery is what jumped out at me first and foremost. I saw it first on raverly and didn’t realize it was actually a long sweater coat till I printed off the -FREE pdf- I’ll shorten it somehow, later to be determined. There are some great flickr photo’s of the details that are lacking in the vogue issue due to styling. Hell they could style a garbage bag and I’d be like, ‘hey jules, think it’s too flashy?’

A few Good WIPs

I tend to switch around in projects and Thermal is my affair du jour.
I’m so pleased to be finished the body of Thermal, and I love it. It fits perfectly, and I can’t wait to finish the sleeves!
Every now and then, I also do a little ‘starfish; portion of the Capecho:

I’m trying to work on this more often now, since I’d really like to wear this in the fall. Presuming it doesn’t look like an afghan gone horribly awry. And last up, I’ve decided that Lady Eleanor requires more attention….

Ah, she’s so lovely.

Decisions, Decisions

I’m trying to hold off on casting on for Forecast until I get at least one other project off the needles, but who knows if i’ll manage that kind of self restraint. I’ve been stalking some truly inspiriing FOs on Ravelry, and they really up the temptation factor.

I’ve been really impressed by all the modifications people have done to their Forecasts- elimanting bobbles, changing the cables, lengthing the body and the ribbing on the arms. Here is a gorgeous example from Octopus Knits:
I hope mine would turn out like that- gorgeous, all the figure-flattering mods (longer ribbing on the body and the sleeve, small-to-non-existent bobbles), and a colour to die for. I see this, and I know I need this in my wardrobe, no question.

But then I saw this on sulala.wordpress.com: Amazing. This is the only one I’ve seen where someone decided to join it and turn it into a pullover with a plunging V neckline. I love it. LOVE it. But now I’m torn- the amazing cardigan, or the amazing V neck? Sure, I could knit both, but one will have to come first. Decisions, decisions.

Stash-Guilt-Be-Gone!

Since, in a few days I will be moving, last week I decided it was high time to pull out and organize the stash, needles and notions. I should have tried to stab myself in the brain instead, I wouldn’t have noticed the difference.

6 simply soft – for the now Moderne Mini Lap-ghan & projects undetermined
4 db cotton dk – perhaps a ribbed bolero?
1 db cathay – fetching
2 alpaca silk – karo’s argyle in hibernation
1 kid silk mohair – ??? Ideas ???
2 rowanspun tweed dk – Le’Slouch
5 burgundy x-press – Skating Sweater
5 cream x-press – Shopping Tunic #2
1 navy x-press – (aviator hat?)
1 candy floss – ??? Ideas ???
1 green super bulky – ??? Ideas ???
1 green tape yarn- ??? Ideas ???
2 lace brown – ascot
6 dishcloth cotton – mom’s dishcloths
2 baby alpaca misti wstd – various hats for christmas
2 purple merino superwash – fetching + Trifecta

That, is a whole nights worth of untangling. 7 whole hours trying to undo what my lovley marley did in a matter of minutes. In the end, I could not save it all, having rather to choose what to save. I lost much of the brown laceweight and green tape yarn since they were ensnaring the more expensive yarns; I had to cut them free. The rest I painstakingly wound and wove back into managable balls.

Proper organization helps preparing for future projects. In my case, I realize now I have enough yarn for about 6 or 7 projects- if the cat doesn’t get to it first. I need good storage options to “Marley proof”.

Here are two good articles to start with:
Knitty: What’s In Store
Knitpicks Stash Managment

Right now I’m torn between some ikea boxes and an old chest that I hope to renovate.
I have no hope in hell hiding anything in the new apartment, so I’m opting for a piece I can display or get double use from.

Ikea

Vacker: $17.99

Nostalgisk: $12.99

Agen: $49.99

Dimpa: $6.99

Kaskett: $12.99

(lol, yarn kaskett: when old stash yarn is sent to pasture)

Booties Galore…

I was so excited to work with my new Koigu that I knitted these up quick quick like a bunny…

I like how they can be folded down or worn up. And the little picot edging makes these booties extra cute.

Pattern: Snowflake Booties from Baby Style, by Debbie Bliss

Yarn: Koigu PPPM (colourway #217)

Needles: 2.75mm, 3.25 mm

Modifications: none.

Notes: I think I would have preferred these in a solid colour, but then I’m usually in favour of solid colours. If it seems like I’m on a bit of a booties kick it’s because I’m having a tough time finding a go-to pattern that I love- Saartje’s booties are gorgeous, but I think a bit feminine for boys. So I needed one for the little lads, as well. I think this might be it!

In more baby footwear news, Here are a couple of shots of Saartje’s Booties on their intended recipient, baby Chloe. Chloe is the daughter of my friends, Dave and Laura. She was actually a lot happier with her new booties before the camera came out:

And I think she pretty much grew out of them immediately. They are so tiny!