Friday, February 23, 2007

Knit away the Gray!

Dreary February day - check! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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Three more Lizard Ridge panels - check!

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New shipment of Noro Kureyon - check!

Friday, February 09, 2007

A Whole Lotta Color

Artic temps. Too cold to snow.

You could take a lot of naps.
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Preferably where it's warm.
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You could eat too much, read too much, surf too much, watch tv too much. You could even overdo it on the eliptical but how likely is that?

Or you could knit more Lizard Ridge squares. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Kureyon Color #95
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Color #182
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Color #102
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The photos aren't doing justice to the colors. In person: showstopping. There are positives about xtreme winter.

Maybe it's all this cold but the Spring 2007 Interweave Knits left me ... well, cold. Eunny Jang is always impeccable and her entrelac sock is no exception. Grumperina's plum sock is pretty, too. Thing is, I don't knit socks. I don't want to knit socks.

In fact, I don't want to knit anything in the magazine this time, except mayyyyybe the Green Tea Raglan. It would look right smart on my 17 year-old daughter. I do love Joan McGowan-Michael's White Lies designs. I love the wool she sells. Her Swan Lake Cardigan in this issue would look far better as a blouse sewn in Liberty lawn. Thoe embossed-leaf motif looks downright serpentine which does not fit the demure mood of the tulle-trimmed cardigan. The Cable-Down Raglan is beautiful for someone just like the model - tall and willowy. Since I'm neither and my two daughters are gazelles but short ones, I'll admire this sweater on someone else.

My personal jury is out on the Eyelit Rib Bandeau. The buttons aren't working for me and the bandeau makes the model look heavy, which I'm sure she isn't.

Hall of Shame nominations go to the Ribs and Lace Tank which has all the fit issues and lack of charm of that goth dress Gwynneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars several years ago and to the Dollar and a Half Cardigan with its mismatched fronts and its horizontal lines on one side. The thing is junky not funky.

The ads in the back always make the magazine worth the price. I was especially happy to see the Spring Midwest Masters Spring Knitting Fling will be held April 28-29 in Neenah, Wisconsin. Joan McGowan Michael and Annie Modesitt in one place? What's not to love.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Lizard Ridge

Behold the ravishing rainbowliciousness of Noro Kureyon knit up for a Lizard Ridge afghan.
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Color is 134.

Until you steamblock the thing, it really is ridgy.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting This is color 95.

Each panel is a different color of Kureyon. As if the stitch pattern itself weren't fun enough, the magic that is Kureyon makes this downright obsessional knitting.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Shhhhh! It's A Surprise.

Can you tell what it is? Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting (Cat and pincushion thrown in for scale.)

It might be one of those You Knit WHAT?!?s. Admit it, it does look a lot like a louche knitted briefie. You can breathe - it's not.

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Right! The cover design of Annie Modesitt and Drew Emborsky's Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them. Those curly things are knitted dreadlocks made with a very easy technique. The yarn is Morehouse Merino Bulky in Blueberry, Butter, and Henna.

A fun gift to knit and to give. Should be a fun gift to receive, too.