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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Popovers and bobbles

I was bowled over by everyone's kind comments not only about my Somewhat Cowl, but also about my dingy hair. You'll be happy to know that my parents, who visited me this weekend, bought me a bottle of Pantene, and my friend Paul suggested spending a whole $2 on Suave Professional Series. So I can be a skinflint AND have clean hair. But in all honesty, I'm considering a new hair style, seeing as I've had this one since the Clinton Administration. Any suggestions?

So as I mentioned, my folks came in this weekend from Pennsylvania. And this is a good thing -- I really love them and miss them. We had brunch Saturday at Popover Cafe, which I adore as much for the teddy bears as for the pastries. Here are the parents, mid-brunch:

Mom and I walked around midtown and spent the afternoon at MOMA, in particular the Munch exhibit. That poor guy. He had a failed love affair with a married woman and lost both his mom and sister to consumption. Kinda explains why his paintings are titled Melancholy, Despair and, of course, The Scream. Makes dirty hair seem pretty insignificant.

On Sunday, we traveled out to Long Island, first admiring the opulent mansions at the Sands Point Preserve then freezing on the boardwalk on Jones Beach. Here Jon and I are, overlooking the Long Island Sound in Sands Point. I'm cold, not suffering from appendicitis:

Again, I showed remarkable restraint -- we passed a store called The Knitting Place in Port Washington, and I did not throw a fit when Jon wouldn't stop the car. Which artfully brings us back to knitting content!

Though I swore off top-down knitting two weeks ago, well, I lied. I think Jess is the gal who pointed me toward Winnie's delicious version of Forecast. It was love at first sight. I can see myself just throwing this on and heading to the grocery store. For some reason, that appeals to me.

I decided to use Cascade 220 in this yummy shade. Very springy, no?

But this isn't easy, breezy, television-watching knitting, at least not for me. There's counting and marking rows and making hash marks on the pattern. Like other folks knitting this, I'm doing just the three-stitch bobble so as to avoid the look of malignant growths. Whaddya think?


Anonymous Sandra said...

All right, I'm the first comment. YES!

Glad to see you had a nice time with your folks. And woohoo, i finally get to see a pic of the elusive Jon. Quite the catch there, Carrie. ;)

Forecast is looking good. Very nice choice of yarn. Can't wait to see more pics.

11:19 PM  
Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

I'm likeing the colour. I have so much trouble deciding and then Cascade has to go and throw 8000 colours in my face. The very fact that you made a decision is impressive. Maybe when you're at the grocery store you could simultaneously hold up an avocado and a head of lettuce while everyone becomes jealous about "The Girl That Can Match Her Groceries To Her Sweater"?

11:35 PM  
Blogger Saun said...

I'm glad you had fun with your parents. I'm liking the color of that Cascade 220. I've never seen that one before. I'm not a big fan of the top down knitting so I can't wait to see how your sweater turns out.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

I love that version of forecast!! Your color choice is perfect for spring & it looks like it will be really flattering on you.

I can't wait to see more progress.

12:26 AM  
Blogger yahaira said...

it looks great so far, ms. 'no more top downs for me'.

what is blogger trying to say when my word verification is "sob"?

12:28 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

I really like the higher ribbing on the sleeves! It makes it look so much more fitted. I am sure it will look very cute on you!

12:43 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Very cute pics. I'm glad you had a good visit with your folks. It can be really hard being away from family.
I like your color choice for forcast and I like the bobble change as well. I really didn't like this sweater when it first went up. But now that so many people have tried it, and changed it, I think I may have to take another look!

4:20 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love it! And you're right, the color is perfect for the long-awaited spring.

Looks like you had a lovely weekend with your family. When I have visitors, it's always fun to do the touristy things I don't do normally. And I have to check out the Popover Cafe now.

7:39 AM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

Oh, I've always wanted to go out there. So nice that you had such a good time with your parents. I'm in love with forecast, too. It should be lovely! Can't wait!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

Glad you had a good time with your parents. :-)

I have been using the Suave professionals john frieda knock off for brown hair, and I like it so far. Can't tell how well it's cleaning, but it sure smells great.

and I LOVE that color of 220! Good choice. I started a somewhat cowel this weekend and I am just itching to get past the raglan part. When will it end?!?!

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

It's going to be gorgeous!! Love the color, but then again, I'm very partial to green. Looks like you and your p's had a great weekend! I also love the Popover Cafe - yum!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

That green is so pretty. Your forecast is looking good!

9:14 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

mmmmm, popovers look yummy! where is that place?

i love the color for forecast! and cascade 220 is always a good pick. it's so nice, warm, and easy to knit with.

what about a short bob for a new hairstyle? with cute off-to-the-side bangs?

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Oooo, your yarn looks great! I am thinking of making that pattern too. It's so pretty, although many don't really like it that much.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Lovely color for your Forecast. I've been fighting the power to keep from knitting the pattern myself.

Glad you had a good visit with your folks!

1:40 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

No appendicitis... well that's good! Sounds like a very nice visit from your parents, and well, Jon shoulda stopped anyway when passing by the LYS. In time, he will be trained I'm sure.

I'm liking the Forecast so far. Great for looking forward to spring. Just one question though... are you having any trouble meeting gauge as listed in the pattern? 4 sts/in seems a bit chunky for Cascade 220, but I haven't tried it myself yet.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

I like the Suave faux humectress and keraphix- they're pretty decent for being $2. Also- check out the generic section of Sally Beauty Supply- they make really good versions of Sebastian, Matrix, and Biosilk.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

hooray! a fellow forecast devotee :) i'm stalled on mine due to the vortex that is law school. sigh... but i'll be watching your progress with great interest!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

I love that pic of you and Jon. Forecast is looking good.

7:41 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your parents! It must have been so nice to spend some time with them. I love your Forecast!! That shade of green is just about my favorite color in the whole world and your Forecast looks wonderful so far. Looking forward to seeing more progress pics! Take care, Carrie! :-) (BTW, I use the Suave Professional series and love it, too! Can't beat a buck seventy five for pretty decent hair conditioning! ;-))

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Woodward said...

Yay!!! What cute parents!! And cute boyfriend!! And a cute Carrie!!!

I love that yarn color, so springy!!

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Oh, I love Popover! Haven't gone in ages it seems, because of the wait (waiting outside in the COLD ~ not so much for me!) I think your hair is lovely and enduring just the way it is. It frames your face well. Forecast seems to be coming along quickly!

12:02 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

On the hair front i got a free sample (hooray!) of Dove's new shampoo and conditioner yesterday and tried it out this morning and things are looking lovely, if i do say so myself. :)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

I would definitely recommend the pattern- very straightforward and easy to memorize. I had no troubles with it.

2:05 PM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

I love it! You're doing a great job.

I should come into NY for the Muench exhibit...

4:33 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

i think i want to make that cardigan. :)
and how about that free pantene? nice. that stuff works wonders on dry hair (like mine that's been chemically bleached and colored to within an inch of its life)!
seriously, i think your cardigan will turn out great! so what are you going to do about buttons!?

6:41 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Forecast! Love it since the moment I saw it (and since I saw Winnie's and Pinku's) I want to make it someday. In the meantime, living vicariously through you and that amazing green yarn! Love it!

What a nice visit with your parents! It is great that they were able to make it. I can't believe I did not get to MoMA when I was there... definitely next time. (there will be a next time!)


7:02 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

love the color. green is one of my favorites :)

i can't wait to free up some time to work on this sweater. it's been on my list for some time. i'll also be following winnie's suggestions.

10:46 PM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

Sounds like you had an excellent visit with your parents and you and Jon make a very attractive couple! I LOVE the mods Winnie made to Forecast - I don't think I would have considered that project until seeing her version. The smaller bobbles and the longer ribbing on the sleeve - gorgeous. I can't wait to see yours! Love the green...perfect for Spring.

10:31 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Mmmm - popovers! Glad you had fun with your parents and I cant wait to see more of the sweater.

2:38 PM  

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