Best Quote I Heard All Day
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.--H. L. Mencken
I'm in floral mode. Flowers in my knitting, flowers my deck, flowers in the house.
Now, being a Taurus (if you believe that stuff), I love beauty and luxurious things.
It must be true then, the horoscope BS?
I couldn't just design any old baby outfit, I had to find something really different for the baby to wear and for me to fuck around with. Thank God for Barbara Walker's books. They are the most used of my collection, and I unashamedly and unabashedly rob stitch patterns from them constantly.
I defy any designer to say he or she doesn't do the same.
These days, if I'm knitting anything, it's for the book. My new mantra, the book. So when I decided to design an outfit for my new grandniece, Sophia, it was the book that motivated me. After all, the kid doesn't care what she wears at this stage of her life.
BW's Second Treasury (and my personal favorite) has a nifty little slip-stitch pattern in three colors called Three Flowers. How fucking original. I think it's on page 111, for those of you who would like to look at the directions. I thought this would make an excellent motif for a pullover, hat, and sock ensemble that I'm calling Primrose Path, for lack of a better name.
Here's the initial swatch, still in its natural state.
The colors are pretty true, I think. The yarn is Dale Baby Ull, which has been hiding out in my stash for about 2 years. I have no recollection of why I bought it, since there were no babies in the family at the time.
This stitch pattern is quite simple to do but I think the results are pretty nifty. I very much like the bobble and may separate that out and use it within the garment pieces, probably around the cuffs and the neck. Haven't decided that yet.
You may be asking yourself, why the jade as the background and not for the stems? Two reasons. One, I have a ton of the jade and only one ball each of the yellow and pink. That's reason enough. Second, I rather like the contrast and may flip it for the hat and socks, if I have enough--I should. In other words, make the hat's motif yellow with green stems and pink buds. Or pink stems and green buds. Whatever works. And then make the socks' motif pink with green stems and yellow buds. I dunno. Gotta get through the pullover first.
I'm working the pullover in the round. Side seams and this motif just don't mix. The motif cannot be interrupted, in my mind. Obviously, the hat and socks would be knit in the round anyway. Should be a fun project. I've already written the preliminary directions for the pullover and have cast on the first row. No ribbing, just a rolled hem. Got the picture?
I will not be showing the photos of the finished book projects. If you can get the milk for free, why buy the cow? Isn't that how it goes? But I will publish my working swatches for your knitting amusement.
Good God, but the knitting magazines are awful for summer. Of the big three, the worst by far was Knitter's, as if any of us would be surprised at that. Besides the Lily of the Valley shawl, which was done far better and more interestingly in the last Spin-Off, every single item in this issue was positively fugly. And the worst two were the X-Dragon's designs. I think either Cojo or the Fab Five need to get out to SD and give this boy a 6-month intensive style and taste rehab.
Mind you, I've viewed these things via the internet. Heaven forfend that I would go to a bookstore and waste time looking at the issue in question or worse, buy it.
Not much hope, is there?
Out and About
With the holiday weekend approaching, I'm taking two days off prior to the weekend, although I've just been called back to the office for a few minutes today to e-mail some documents to the new owner and my new employer. Otherwise, I'm a busy girl this weekend: Saturday I'll be at Bob and Jean's annual Memorial Day barbecue and then leave to join John at our friends Emily and Mitch in Saratoga Springs. So this will be the last post until Tuesday, most likely. Lots of knitting, little computing. As it should be.
Have a rare and handy holiday.