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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

A girl's best friend

Diamonique, c'est fini! (And yes, I am forcing you to look at new views of my apartment, even if it's the fire escape.)

I knit this in Baby Ull yarn by Dale of Norway, and I probably should have just spritzed it for blocking because when I immersed it in the tub, the sucker GREW like you wouldn't believe. Like, so large that it would fit my dad. Like, so large that I instant messaged Yahaira for advice.

At first, it seemed kinda long and oversized and, as I told the Spiders last week, a little like something Mallory Keaton might have worn. (By the way, is "Family Ties" still on anywhere? Remember the "Self contained, underwater, breathing apparatus" episode? Or the one when Tom Hanks drank the vanilla extract?)

But I think I was over-reacting and it's pretty cute, right? Who knew I was so preppy?

Anyway, I think this is a great pattern and I'm a much better lace knitter for having finished it. This might seem like old hat to some of you folks, but I now truly appreciate the importance of stitch markers, life lines, row counters and note taking. I just wasn't experienced enough to memorize the pattern. And I'm happy to report that although I frogged the back multiple times -- because I was reading the chart wrong -- I didn't frog the front section once. Hurrah!

Now, since I showed you the fire escape, I had to tell you about its newest addition. Remember this little guy?


Truth is, he doesn't scare the pigeons away. Today, in fact, I found a trio of those nasty birds encircling him, like they were old college chums. And when I was packing up my Queens studio, I nearly left him because, well, he was worthless and simply didn't deter pigeons. But how could I leave him there with those noisy neighbors and leaky ceilings? So he made the trip to Brooklyn, and we are all so happy here.


Blogger vera said...

love it! it looks really lovely on you and looks like it fits just right. yeah it takes a whole *bunch of mistakes to learn that things like lifelines and reading the pattern correctly :0) have their purpose! x

1:45 AM  
Blogger Jennifa said...

It looks good! I have to admit, I like it (and hate it because it takes longer to finish) when I learn something new from a pattern.

4:49 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Your Diamonique is BEAUTIFUL! I love it.

7:56 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

i LOVE diamonique!! personally i would rather have a longer garment than one that was too short but when something grows exponentially on blocking, it does tend to freak me out :) it looks like it snapped back into place, no? or you could try throwing it in the dryer if you want it smaller (i know you've heard THAT before!)

fantastic job! and dude, totally don't mind looking at pictures of your apartment. i'm such a voyeur :)

8:08 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Diamondique looks fantastic! You can't tell at all that it bloomed in water -- looks like it fits you just right!

8:21 AM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

phew! it came out great and preppy on ya! ;)

8:22 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

It looks nice and I like your color choice. It definitely grew but I think it looks great that way. I'm glad you liked the pattern.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Virginia said...

Wow, what a great top! It has a greally nice shape on you. Fantastic job!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Carrie, I love it! The color is fantastic.

And I'll never forget the two-time Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks drinking the vanilla as Elyse's alky-brother.

How far he has climbed, eh?

8:58 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Wow - it looks great! I love how it's a little long, like all tank tops are now-a-days. It looks great on you - well done!

9:16 AM  
Blogger mayarn said...

I love it - it looks really good on you! And is it just me, or have you been knitting really fast lately?

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Looks awesome! Great job!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Diamonique is lovely! The fit is perfect, and the lace pattern is so pretty.

About your owl, my dad works at a hospital in SF. They've got a bunch of owls and hawk looking things in the hospital eaves. Most days you can find pigeons and sea gulls just hanging out around and on them. Totally unintimidating.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

I think the fit looks great. Very nice!

9:47 AM  
Anonymous amanda said...

very cute!! i love the color on you. keep showing pics of the new apt!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Erica B. said...

it looks great on you!

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Looks lovely! Great preppy look. I am thinking that Diamonique might be a better choice for me since Ms Marigold is so loose and easy. Besides, Ms Marigold wasn't really appropriate for work at the HotelChain.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Great job on Diamonique!

I'm still learning all that technical stuff. I have a tendency to think I'm smarter than I actually am so it may take me a while yet.

Your apartment is looking good, even out on the fire escape.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

It's looks fantastic!! I really love the fire escape pose! Tre chic!!

I'm also glad to see that the cute owlie has a new home in Brooklyn and that you are all happy there!!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Man, I hate it when a knitted item grows the minute it hits water. You can try to scrunch it back together, but then it just looks scrunched up. But Diamonique looks the perfect size for you, so you clearly have a trick up your sleeve! Please share!

1:04 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

Looks fantastic!! This has been on my To Knit list for a while, but now that I've seen yours, I might put it closer to the top of the list!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

looks great! glad to see you got the blocking incident under control!

1:44 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

I love how that turned out. It looks great! Now you're making me want one! Great job.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

Looks great and I love the color

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

I love it! It looks great on you.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

diamonique looks fabu! very, very, nice.

btw, I sort of had a girl crush on justine bateman since the family ties days. i also think i developed a mild one on jason as well when i became hooked to "Arrested Devlopment." Something about the Batemans. . . I was tres excited when she guested starred with her bro on AR. Anyhoo, did you know that Justine Bateman is a knitter? you can check out her designs at her site:

7:45 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

It looks great!! And didn't you know the loose fit 80s top is totally back in fashion? Current styles or not, I think it looks lovely!

7:26 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

It looks awesome! Sadly, things like that generally happen so we learn next time NOT to do it. But it turned out absolutely adorable anyways!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Sarah R said...

I love it! But then again, everything you make turns out awesome . . . I've been wanting to make this for a while, and now you've convinced me!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous kellyhl said...

Diamonique looks great, and I loved that episode!

I had a little crush on Alex; even though he was a republican, he was so cute and bumbly!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Diamonique looks SO good on you! I wouldn't worry about the growth factor at all, it doesn't look oversized in the pics. Very cute.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Wow! It looks wonderful. All of your knits just look like they fit you perfectly and this one's no exception. Bravo!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

It looks great!

12:11 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Beautiful Diamonique! And you pull off the preppy so well.

1:28 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Just beautiful, my friend! I love it! I should give this one another try now that I can handle the lace a little better ;)

8:12 AM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

great sweater I absolutley love it. Looks nice.

9:03 AM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

Diamonique and your new apartment are both fabulous. Congrats on finding such a nice place!

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Blocking can be quite scary, with the growing and stretching and such. But I thik Diamonique turned out quite lovely. Nice fire escape!

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Ha ha ha! I can't believe you mentioned Family Ties and "Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus". How about "Alex Keaton - He's so Cuuuute!"

I adore the color you used for your Diamonique. It turned out really well.

7:31 PM  
Blogger keepitkiller said...

yeah, i think that it's a good fit. you inspire me to try a lacey something or other. hoot!

5:11 AM  
Anonymous maman said...

It looks beautiful, and longer (tunic-type) tops are in now anyways. The color is wonderful with your tan.

9:32 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Diamonique looks fabulous on you!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I really like it, especially the blue color! It makes me want to take mine out and wear it today!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Diamonique is stunning! Way to go Carrie.
Mallory Keaton. The of my favourite episodes was the Scrabble matches with Alex and his Dad. I miss that show.
Owl is so funny. How could you leave him behind - he looks like he has hydro psychosis (crazy eye)!
He really doesn't scare anyone away?

4:25 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Diamonique is stunning! Way to go Carrie.
Mallory Keaton. The of my favourite episodes was the Scrabble matches with Alex and his Dad. I miss that show.
Owl is so funny. How could you leave him behind - he looks like he has hydro psychosis (crazy eye)!
He really doesn't scare anyone away?

4:25 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

What is with the double post?! Sorry about that.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

OOOHHH! Your new top looks fabulous!! That color was a perfect choice!!

1:29 AM  
Blogger Corrie said...

wow that vest looks gorgeous! love it!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Biglug said...

That's such a great shirt. Mallory couldn't of worn it though, because it doesn't hang off the shoulder.

11:59 AM  

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