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Friday, March 31, 2006

Cascade 220, take me away

Today is sort of a perfect example of why I knit. We had a model with anger management issues, a tragic mom, and erroneous reports of a 9-year-old shot to death in Brooklyn. (That one took about a year off my life. Not even a little bit true.) I was honestly sitting there thinking, is it time to go home and work on Forecast?

I'm loving this one so far, especially now that I'm onto the 2 by 2 ribbing on the bottom. I was going to try it on and take a pic, but it just looked silly. So here she is, spread out on the mint green chair that my neighbors left behind in Connecticut. What a find!

I have to decide on buttons, and fast, because I don't want to be left high and dry when the time comes for the button band. But as much as I'm enjoying Forecast, I have what I can only describe as a fiber crush on another project. I keep imagining how cute it will be! And this might offend some of you, but it's, gulp, crochet. Let me introduce you to the Prepster Jacket from "The Happy Hooker."

Basically, I'm a blazer addict. If you're going to have a vice, I suppose it's not the worst one out there. But it's distracting. I ogle blazers all day. I own them in numerous shades, but I'm always sort of coveting a new color. But a blazer made of YARN? It's like the blazer of my dreams. The only thing better would be a blazer made of cheese or maybe lemon frosting.

I found an already finished Prepster over at craftster, and it's fantastic. Can you believe that's Red Heart? And adding to its awesomeness is that the crocheter is a guy. I don't mean to uphold gender stereotypes, but let's be honest here -- there aren't a lot of guys out there crocheting, let alone finishing patterns from Debbie Stoller's newest book in record time.

Before I embark on that, I need to buy myself some tinier needles because I'm itching to knit some sock. With what yarn, you ask? Well, my new yarn from Sundara aka Purly Whites. It's called Trompe L'oeil and just beyond yummy -- now what pattern do you think this calls out for?


Blogger Rachel said...

I'll go ahead and admit, I was tempted to learn crochet just for that blazer. It is so cute. I'll support you if you do it! long as you come back to knitting and don't go too far down the dark side :)
And that's some pretty sock yarn you've got there. I don't know which pattern is best, but I'm sure you'll get some ideas.

2:18 AM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

Hello from Austria! Wow, Forecast is getting along mighty fine, and I love the color you chose!
That blazer you'd like to do next looks so fantastic - I'm looking forward to seeing progress pics as soon as you've cast it on!

2:25 AM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

I love forecast! Yours is really coming along. And that jacket is one of the many things to love about the new crochet book. Must learn how (supposedly it's easier, but not if you don't know how!) And I love those sock colors -- so you DO have a little bit of the sock bug (shhh, me too).

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

I really want to knit Forecast too! Yours is looking fabulous. And dude. That crochet blazer is adorable! I can't crochet worth a crap, but there are some cute patterns in that book...

8:41 AM  
Blogger yahaira said...

go you on that forecast!

I LOVE blazers and jackets as well. It's bad, I think every season I have to buy at least one.

That sock yarn is soooo pretty, umm I would ask Purly but I would do either a simple stst sock or go the other route and do something crazy like that pomatomasosoausoudosudosudou sock. Or how about badcaul?

8:49 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Wow love the sock yarn! And damn you for having so much time to just fly through Forecast!! I love the Happy Hooker book, and I agree that guy's red heart one turned out so cute!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Biglug said...

Jump on the jaywalker bandwagon with that yarn. It'd be perfect for it.

That blazer is awesome. I too love blazers. Ahh, shopping

9:25 AM  
Blogger pixienyc said...

I'm also in love with that blazer and have some cascade 220 from helloknitty winging (wheeling?) its way to me as we speak. I can't wait to get my hands on it and swatch, even though I've already started the Baroque jacket and have yarn ready to go for the "Short and Sweet" bolero. Um ... maybe I need to get a grip? So many great patterns in this book.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

You are a speedy knitter! There's nothing wrong with multiple projects at once. That blazer is pretty adorable.

10:28 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

forecast is rockin!! are you knitting anything else right now? you finish these things up so quick!

that blazer is ... i can't believe it's crochet! i think that i'm going to have to get the book now.

i love that sundara sock yarn. gorgeous color! maybe something simple from one of the nancy bush books would be best?

10:39 AM  
Blogger An Abundance of Lisa said...

The blazer IS pretty cute!! Even if it is crocheted ;)

The Sundara Yarn is fabulous. I really want to get my hands on some. What pattern do you have in mind?

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

That yarn is INCREDIBLE. It looks like magic yarn. I have no idea what you should make with it. All I know is I want to stare at that pic all day.

That blazer is so stinkin' cute. MAKE IT. Who cares if it is crochet?? Cute is cute.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Julsey said...

wait, hold on - you are a crocheter??? teach me!

Your forecast looks great - are you going to do the modified sleeves?

Also - to answer your question on Sundara yarn...I'm all about Pomatomus from knitty. I'm soon to embark on that pattern with my Sundara "Seaweed" colorway :) There is a KAL here:

11:33 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Sounds like you had a tough day. Good thing you have a good knitting project at home!
The crochet blazer is a great idea. I think crocheted fabric is a little stiffer than knitted fabric, and a blazer needs to be a little stiff. Perfect match!

11:43 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I just got The Happy Hooker and can NOT decide which project to do first. I'm leaning towards "Cupcake".

12:53 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That is a cute blazer... but crochet? I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around crochet.

Lovely yarn!

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Purly Whites said...

Crochet is really, really easy. All you need are some good instructions. Although I find it rather boring. So go for the jacket. Jackets are awesome.

Hmmm, I'd probably weigh in for st st for the sock, but I am one who doesn't like to mix multicolor with lace or cable patterns. Sometimes I don't even like multicolor in ribbing. BUT, I have seen some lovely pomotoamosoosmoms socks out there. Jaywalkers might also be fun.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

You crack me up! Go for the blazer! I oogled it for a bit too, but I'm just not up to par with my crochet skills. But that sock yarn! Oh, heavenly. Jaywalkers perhaps? Those are on my upcoming list. And I may have to check out that yarn.

2:42 PM  
Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

Crocheting gives me mad carpal tunnel. I can never do a full project, but alas, not all of us are crocheters. I think brown wooden or leather buttons would look awesome with the green.

3:10 PM  
Blogger the knitrider said...

hey! thanks for the nice comments on the baby sweater! forecast is lookin good. i really like the color! the blazer is cool too, but im so bad at crocheting! i heard the book is very instructional though, so maybe ill have to give it a try.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

Your forcast looks great! I like alof of the projects in the happy hooker book but after struggling to crochet a border on my knitted tank top, I'm hesitant to try a bigger project!

4:29 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Well look at you knitting up a storm here!

4:32 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Can't say much but I agree with you on how cute the blazer is. I had that feeling about some of the stuff in the last Interweave Crochet. Resisting though. I have enough knit patterns in the works I don't need to confuse matters more.

Can't help you on the sock pattern thing. I think it's harder when you have highly contrasting variegated yarn to work with. Cables and lace and other sorts of texture I feel get lost, but plain stockinette just seems too boring for such beautiful yarn. I have some Lorna's laces sitting around waiting to become socks, and nothing has spoken to me yet. Good luck!

8:12 PM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

I looked at that crochet book at the book store the other day, but I feel like it's all over my head. Crochet is not my forte, but I wouldn't hate on it. Go for it!

I LOVE that sock yarn! Even if you just made plain socks, no-exciting-pattern socks, they would be great.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

ACK...I ALMOST bought that kundara colorway but I was about to take a pic of the stash for the Sock Yarn Addicts Club and I kept saying...Do You Really Have to Have That? Really? Step away from the computer. And now I regret it. I will have to take vicarious pleasure in watching you knit it!

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't seem to get my hands on Sundara yarn. Very pretty stuff.

12:03 PM  
Blogger mrspilkington said...

definitely some crazy news stories lately...
forecast is looking gorgeous. that blazer is adorable! i wish i knew how to crochet. one day...

7:26 AM  
Blogger marie in florida said...

crochet is my first love. i reciently remade a hankie hemed vest i first made in the early 70's. i still love it.
you may get multiples of the answer to the question of what sox that yarn is calling out for...jaywalkers...Will this be your first sox?

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Forecast is looking lovely!

That blazer is so cool- I haven't checked out that book yet.

Looove that yarn- totally addicted to turquoise and brown lately.

4:46 PM  

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