Book Review, Plus Free Pattern Link!

There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of knitting books lately, that’s for sure. I’m considering this tasty little treat as a future purchase: I admit, I’m a sucker for this kind of knitting book- so well styled, so beautifully photographed, that you barely notice that there is no way you would dress like that in your real life. Seriously, check out that cover model- she’s tarted up like a refugee from Dangerous Liasions or something. But I admit, I covet that skirt like nothing else…. “An Affair to Remember”- I love the names of these patterns. And I love the following:

But then I see this, and I wonder how it got in there: Ahem. That’s not romantic. That’s not even classy. It looks like a lady of the evening has wandered into some country manor garden, and is hoping to make a bit of dough. Keep your eye out for the next pattern book to sweep the knitting world- The Hand Knit Hooker.

I think this might be my favorite, in terms of being quite romantic:

I would make the little sleeves smaller, though. Less wingy. But you know what’s exciting? It’s available online. Hooray for free preview patterns!!

If you are interested, there is a brand new KAL to join as well! I’ll be subtly stalking it to see if anyone dares make that halter dress thingy. And I’ll totally eat my words if anyone looks good in it.

It’s too Monday to be witty: FO- Saartje Bootees

morning blogland. I had a girls weekend up at the cottage, so if this entry is fraught with mistakes, take comfort in that the brain cells I have left are working hard willing me not to crave a breakfast beer. *sips tea* (Organics-Tropical Green Tea is outstanding)

Saartje Bootees

Pattern: Saartje’s Bootees

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cotton Dk (3/4 of a 50g ball)

Needles: 3.00mm bamboo circs

Modifications: size larger in needles and in fiber weight to accomodate stash.

Notes: I knit the smaller of the two sizes. Great project for gifts as it’s got the homemade thoughfull touch, without breaking the bank or your back. Finishing took me a while longer than I expected though the movie Troy was partly to blame. Who can pay attention when Brad Pitt is prancing around in next to nothing, muscles gleaming, fighting to the death. boy i’d like to give him….. uh.Where was I? Oh yes.

Saartje Bootees Detail
Detail of button and garter stitch

Saartje Bootees
just *had* to put them on the cat, you know, to see if they fit…. right?!

Montego Bay Remixed

Pattern: Montego Bay by Amy Singer for Interweave Knits, Summer 2007

Yarn: Lang Moon ribbon yarn in ‘Azalea’

Needles: 6mm straights

Modifications: I changed the actual stitch pattern, so that the lattice lace runs completely vertically, not diagonally. This was accomplished by row 1 being k3,*yo,k2tog* to last 3 sts, then k3. row 2: purl. That’s it.

Notes: I hate ribbon yarn. There. I said it.

But I can’t hate the scarf, it’s cute as pie.

Here are the requisite photos that show off the whole scarf, while I do a little catwalking in my bathroom: I just noticed that you can see four pairs of recently handwashed knickers hanging over the towel in my bathroom. I’m so classy, it hurts.

But this is a shot of how I’ll probably wear it…..
And I’ll try to keep the knickers out of future photo shoots.

Ravelry Invite Contest!!!!!

When we first heard of Ravelry, both Jen and I signed up for Ravelry, not knowing the other was doing the same thing. When we got the first invite, we joined as TeamKnit, and subsequently don’t need the other one, which has just rolled in! So, the first person to answer this question correctly will win the invite:

Jen and Julie usually do different projects. According to this blog, which project(s) have they both worked on?

Note: We checked with the Ravelry Team before offering up our invite, so everything is on the level.

Where my stitches at!?!