Designer Knits- they are asking for it….

I, like many who have gone before me, have fallen in love with a stupidly expensive sweater:
This is a $650 (US) Burberry sweater. That’s right, they are charging $650 for garter stitch. But as you know, being a knitter means you’ve been behind the curtain at Oz, you know how the whole thing works. So I did what any sane knitter would do- I took that obscenely expensive sweater into the change room,whipped out my measuring tape, and made a lot of notes, very quickly:
The xs size stats are as follows:
– Length: 18.5″, Bust: 31″, Sleeve: 12″, Waist: 29″
– Gauge: 6sts/inch (body), 7sts/inch (mandarin collar)
– Belt is a 1″-wide tube of stockinette, pressed flat. belt loops are also stockinette, sewn on.
– 2″ high mandarin collar
– Edges of front panels have slipped stitch edges
– Hem has some sort of tublar cast on
– Buttons are 3″ apart
– Raglan sleeves

It gets it’s cuddly softness from being a squishy 70% alpaca/30% silk blend. What do you guys think? Did I miss anything in my stats gathering?

Most embarassing interview -ever-

So here I am, trying to present my wonderful leadership qualities, product knowedge and customer service skills.. you know put best foot forward… what do I end up talking the most about ?

Knitting cozies.
Knitting cozies for male members.

chyeah.. I know!!!
I was way way too nervous and in my defence I couldnt help it! I was asked what was the most extreme thing I’ve ever knitted! I was as red as a tomato, I’m positive of it. They actually might be reading this..(Hi guys! Nova Scotia! Confused? Scramble! ) I figured checking out the blog might give them a little more insight, into my nutter of a brain because I suck when I’m nervous. Nothing comes out right when the brain is thinking too fast for the mouth 🙁

But here are some examples of …cozies. Some designs are so crazy they rock.

*Scramble edit*
! It’s GADFLY!
Meaning a horsefly, a warble fly or botfly(wtf?) Either way, you can all sleep tight now.


Yay internet!, Yay FO !

The free internet that I had been tapping into has mysteriously stopped working. Internet withdrawl is a scaaary thing my friends, I knew I was dependent but to what extent-I did not even fathom. Ya’ll know it how it is . Of course, this is the time when I had a zillion and one blog ideas, fascinating stories of the cottage and falling asleep under the stars… not so facinating now huh? yep. thought so.

However, I have been holding back on you dear readers but with good reason, I can assure. Remember the beaded cami turned halter? The cottage seemed a perfect place to showcase her, so without blabbing further (yaaay im on t3h 1n7@rw3b!) Allow me to introduce you to my modified beaded halter.

Beaded Halter

Inspiration: Beaded Cami by Black Dog Designs and Kelly-10 Feet Tall

Yarn: Debbie 6 Debbie Bliss 100% Cotton DK in teal (50g)

Needles: 3.5 Knitpicks circular

Beaded Halter

Notes: The pattern itself was more of an outline to me, because I had planned on modifying it so much. It was a great start, because of it’s concise and direct instructions it was easily adaptable. One of the advantages to following in the footsteps of (craftster)friends is learning from their troubles and triumphs.

Beaded Halter

Modifications:First thing I did to change the still then cami was to cast on for 4 instead of 5 scallops on each side and only 3 selvage sts on the side as I was knitting it in the round. Once I finished the lace repeats I knew I would have to shape it by doing decrease rounds every other row until on me it reached my waistband. After that I climbed the intervals, with every 3 then every 4, every 5, every 6 being a dec. round.

Stitch Detail

When I reached my bustline I emphasized the empire waist, I casting off the front side sts using Zimmermans sewn BO. I continued to knit the back until the flap reached past my bra strap. I cast off again using Zimmerman’s stretchy sewn BO. For the front I cast on for three scallops, each scallop having 5st leaves and 2 selvage for each side. I knit the pattern once and then added short rows using the wrap method. I did about 8 or 9 rows which should have been substansial but perhaps I underestimated myself. Ha! It’s not me honey, it’s Victoria Secret! Anyhoo….

Beaded Bodice

I grafted the sides together and then thought about straps. I had beads, but no crochet hook. Right. Packed those away ages ago. I tried two thin straps but the proportion wasn’t right for the structure I had created. I needed something solid.

Beaded Halter

An inspiration came to me in my bead box, where I had a few skeins embroidery floss my mind suddenly screamed – “friendship braclets!” So I used the dk to make a four stranded cord of about 3.5 arm lengths. Added beads at the attaching points in the scallops and boom. You’ve got my halter.

Beaded Halter

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?’