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Sunday, January 28, 2007


Oh Glee, how I love thee!

(Not sure why I look so starry-eyed.)

I finished her last Monday, blocked her on Tuesday and wore her to work on Wednesday. The Joseph Galler alpaca is divine to knit with -- and it was free, since I picked it up with a gift certificate. Hip hip hurrah for free sweaters!

This is probably slightly larger than it should be, but I figure I need to wear a tank underneath it so as not to be obscene. I also made the sleeves a few inches longer than suggested so I could wear it in the winter. And I used Zephyr's instructions for lazy hook-and-eye tacking -- I only sewed on the hooks and simply attached them to the knit stitches. Hip hip hurrah for half-assed knitting!

Here's a bonus pissed off shot.

So onward and upward. I pulled the prepster jacket out of storage and found, to my surprise, that I had actually finished seaming it. But it looked like heck, like I'd offered a child a lollipop to seam the shoulders. Bumpy and lumpy and no good at all. It just wasn't meant to be. So I ripped it and started the Emma jacket. I think it's high time that I mix my love affair with jackets and my love affair with yarn, don't you think?

Oh, and Katie tagged me for this one:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

The nearest books to me right now are on our little living room book shelf, where we put our most beloved tomes. (Like Jon's copy of Bill Clinton's biography and numerous Kennedy books, or my copy of Stitch n Bitch. ) So I picked the left most book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Sadly, page 123 in this version is the cover page for chapter 11. It says only, "Who Stole the Tarts?" Kinda fun, no?

Anyone who wants to be tagged, well, is.


Blogger michelleknits said...

I love it, Carrie! And I miss you!

10:57 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

glee turned out just lovely! great job! :)

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Kara said...

Glee looks amazing on you! Just darling. Great job!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

The top looks great! I like the longer sleeves.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Looks great. I like the elbow-length sleeves. I have NO idea what I want to do with my Galler alpaca. (It's a charcoal gray and so amazingly soft!)

11:46 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Oh my goodness, it's absolutely bloody gorgeous!!!

12:36 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Wow, looks great! Very flattering.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

glee looks fantastic and looks just lovely on yow! very nice!!ht

2:07 AM  
Blogger rfg said...

Glee is fabulous! Congrats on finishing. Where did you find that alpaca again? I'm not familiar with the brand.

7:09 AM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Beautiful sweater! I had not yet seen this pattern, but glad you introduced it to me! Very chic! And the lengthened sleeves were a great modification!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

Glee is so cute! You look great in it.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Perfect white top -- at it looks great on you.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

So pretty! You look stunning in Glee!

8:13 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Just lovely! Looks so nice and cozy, too!

8:14 AM  
Blogger jenna said...

Another fabulous sweater! And free and half-assed to boot?! Even fabulouser! :)

8:18 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Of course you look starry-eyed!! Who wouldn't? Your new sweater is fabulous and you've done a terrific job. That will put stars in any knitter's eyes. :)

8:36 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Glee!! It looks great, Carrie girl! I love the way you modified the sleeves. I am planning to do the same thing when I make my version... you inspired me to get the pattern!

8:40 AM  
Blogger mayarn said...

Wow - I really love glee! Just makes me want to add yet another sweater to the pattern que. Nice job!lum

8:46 AM  
Blogger Sachi said...

h, Glee looks smashing!!!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

It's lovely!

9:32 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

Glee looks smashing. Well done.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Ooh, I like the tunic length and the elbow length sleeves! And the winter white... Lovely.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

It's so lovely. Congratulations!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Eddie said...

Hi Carrie: Nice bloggin'. I shamelessly blogrolled you on Anyworld . Come visit again.

10:58 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Carrie, it looks great. Visually at least it looks like the softest sweater ever. And all for the incredible price of free!

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Very chic! I'm envious of you folks who can wear that long slim line--my sweaters are FORBIDDEN to go below my high hip. Bad things happen if they do.

Alice is one of my all-time favorites, too...

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Love it!! I think I'm going to need to make one for myself. It fits you so nicely. The longer torso and sleeves are definitely in keeping with today's fashions. Great job!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

very nice FO. I don't think the fit looks big-ish at all!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

It looks so lovely on you!!! Well done!

12:55 PM  
Blogger Noeysmommy said...

Glee is so pretty on you! Yours is the first one I've seen, I have the pattern and the yarn, I think I'll do that next!

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Ronikins said...

Simply lovely! So, now this is going back on the "to knit list", *sigh*, the already to long list.

4:44 PM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

Glee looks amazing, I'm starry-eyed too. Love the sleeves.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Love, love your Glee! You look fabulous!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Oh Carrie, you look beautiful in glee!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

It is so pretty--and even more so in person! It looks perfect on you Carrie--good job!

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Dorothy said...

Glee is gorgeous and it looks fabulous on you. I think if I knit something that looked that good on me, I'd be a little starry-eyed too.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Kuka said...

Carrie your glee is really hot!
You look fab!

10:25 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

So pretty! you rock the half assed knits!!!!

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

I just finished Glee last night! I love your version though--it looks awesome on you.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Zia said...

That looks really beautiful on you Carrie :)

1:55 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Too cute - and I like your sleeve modification!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Kuka said...

btw, your squirrely mittens were going so well!
Maybe you could take some antinausea something?
I'm working in two colours on my sister's b'day present, so hopefully by the time I'm done with that I'll be ready for the Vespas!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Seeing yor finished version makes me like it much better than the original one. It looks great on you. Love it!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...


11:18 AM  
Blogger Tami said...

Looks great!
Thanks for the link to the yarn.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous said...

So lovely!

Is that your bad-ass reporter pose?

9:42 PM  
Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter said...

What a beautiful fit you got! I love the sleeve length, too. You should be very proud!

3:34 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

The fit is absolutely perfect - I am in awe!

4:26 PM  
Anonymous yaiAnn said...

Oh so cute! I must have my own!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

cute! and horrah for shortcuts!

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

I think all the best adjectives have already been taken, but I have to add my "it's lovely" to the list! I was considering lengthening the sleeves on this one too, I'm glad I got to see your success with it before I gave it a whirl. Great work, as always :)

12:52 PM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...


10:25 AM  
Anonymous julia said...

it looks stylish and gorgeous on you!
alpaca is my new love (since i met a few on my last trip.)

does it feel soft on your skin?

10:50 PM  

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