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Monday, January 22, 2007


I am not precisely sure why I disappeared for so long. I could blame all of the secret knitting or all of the boring stockinette stitch that isn't worth photographing. But I have vowed to revivify the blog, even if it means taking progress shots of garter stitch scarves.

Let's start with the small project that is sweeping the nation -- or sweeping my friends, at the very least. It's Yarnmonster Jess's drawsting bag tutorial. It is remarkably fast and fun and simple, and I think I'll have to stitch up a few more.

I used some lovely Amy Butler fabric that I picked up at Brooklyn General with a gift certificate from the long-suffering boyfriend. (If you have not been to Brooklyn General, I'm not quite sure what you are waiting for. Fabulous vintage fabric and wonderful, helpful employees.)

So I am not a very good seamstress. Actually, it's more the cutting that is problematic for me. My fabric always looks as though it's been chewed into uneven shapes. And do you see the drawstring? Yeah, it's from an old pair of running shorts. I'm ghetto that way.

Despite my better judgment, I'm posting a picture of Glee. Alpaca, why oh why do you look like lumpy oatmeal before you are blocked? And why does it look as though I photographed this from behind prison bars? She is currently blocking on my neewww blocking board, so with luck she'll be ready for a debut soon.

And I also need to make a painful confession. Remember the prepster jacket? I have finally faced the fact that I'm never, ever, ever going to seam it. Looks like crap. So I'm thinking of ripping it and turning it into Emma. Whaddya think? That's not a very good picture of her -- the shot in the catalog is more flattering. But this way, the Cascade 220 quattro would still get to be a blazer!


Anonymous Ronikins said...

Ohhh, I can't wait to see Glee's real debut!

12:42 AM  
Blogger rfg said...

The bag looks great! I have a piece of that fabric as well and have been looking for a project with enough surface area to show off the pattern; this may just be it.

7:17 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

aw, i love the bag! you did a great job. everybody needs like 10 of them :)

glee looks like it's going to be a nice sweater too. can't wait to see it all blocked..

and i say rip the prepster. why bother to have it laying around if you don't think that you'll ever seam it?

8:07 AM  
Blogger Jessica / Fig & Plum said...

i'm betting it was either (a) the trip to lush or (b) the sheer football spite that brought you back!

aaanyway, i think glee's going to be fabulous. it's a very carrie pattern. it's also the same gauge as the stockpile of suss alpaca i bought at the suss sellout. maybe you will start a trend after all!

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Lee Ann said...

I take pictures of garter stitch scarves all the time :-} Lumpy oatmeal is definitely not a good look.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I think the white/cream Glee is going to be great.

But I have to admit I am generally dubious about knitted jackets. Skeptical. Will it stay nicely fitted? Will those lapels stay flat? I don't know. I hope you do knit Emma, if only to satisfy my personal curiosity!

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Glee is going to look beautiful on you. I love the bag, I make have to attempt one myself....I'm fine with cutting, it is the sewing I cannot seem to master.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

The little bag is very cute! I have problems with sewing - I can never get my seams straight... maybe it takes practice.

I love the look of Glee. That is a really cute pattern... I totally forgot about that one.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

cute bag! And seems like Emma would be a good substitute for prepster. I say rip.

Oh, and next time I'm in NYC/Brooklyn, I'm so at Brooklyn General.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

I think the Emma jacket would be cool. I'd like to see it in different yarn from the photo.

That is a cute bag pattern.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oooo, a Glee! Beautiful color. Looking forward to its debut!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

The Emma sweater is definitely a good choice.

9:56 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

rip em' if you got em'. I think Emma will be a better knit by far. Also you glee looks great! Definitely a trending a brewin'...

10:40 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

Glad you're back. I love reading your blog!

I am jealous of you New Yorkers. Such great stores for getting yarn and fabric. All I have is a lousy Joann's in Baltimore (that I know of). If I ever visit Brooklyn, I will check out brooklyn general.

I really like Emma. Looks like it's really versatile and a flattering shape.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Nice bag! I relate to your fabric woes ~ my edges tend to appear gnawed as well. What's up with that? But your bag pulled through nicely.

As for the ripping ~ if you'll never seam it and don't like it, ripriprip. Otherwise, it's useless good yarn taking up space.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Sometimes you have to rip if the project just isn't right. Too bad, but at least you can make something you'll be happier with. The Cascade Quattro is just beautiful stuff. I can't wait to see Glee either. The color is yummy, like oatmeal.

11:09 AM  
Blogger jenna said...

Can't wait to see Glee! Seeing your FO will definitely have an impact on where that pattern ends up on my To Knit list. :)

Those drawstring bags are so cute. And the gym short shoelace isn't ghetto, it's recycling!

12:01 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I think I could just cut & paste your first paragraph for my blog post today!

That bag is fantastic & I'm really looking forward to seeing glee all blocked & beautiful!

12:03 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

The bag is great!! I sense that bandwagon is one I have to jump on very soon. Glee already looks good, and blocked it will look fantastic.

I agree, you have mentall given up on the prepster, only thing to do is frog and knit what you *really* want.

12:59 PM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

I love Emma - DO IT! DO IT! Glad your back I have been checking in.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Lesley said...

Revivify is a fabulous word. :)

Can't wait to see Glee fresh off the blocking board!

3:03 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

it's funny, i was just thinking about your prepster when i was on my way out to work 4 days ago. yes, very strange, i know!

i know it's sad to take something apart, but if you're never going to seam it up - why waste perfectly good yarn!

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noooo! I love the prepster - think it would look fabulous on you - seaming is a bore but think that some things are worth it!

good luck with it carrie and a belated happy new year,


8:08 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Your alpaca comment makes me feel much better - I have a mitten I was considering frogging because it's so lumpy, but if it will block out I will keep at it!

9:12 PM  
Anonymous frecklegirl jess said...

oooh! Glee is so pretty! I can't wait to see it done...

Seriously *every single time* you knit something, I add it to my 'to knit' list. Stop it, you! I can't keep up!

Okay, do that jacket... do it! ;)

9:57 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Go for the Glee. I have faith that it will look totally cute on you. And I'm so glad the tutorial worked out well for you! What a cute bag you made. :)

10:09 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Emma will be great. I stopped by the Point Friday night but didn't see you. (If you were there, then I didn't recognize you from your blog pics. I did feel a little like a yarn stalker!) I had a great time in NY between work obligations. Went to Knitty City (twice), The Point, Seaport Yarns, School Products, and Knit NY. (Last year I went to Purl, The Point, Suss, The Yarn Company, and Habu.) My suitcase was just a bit heavier coming back. (I had to shove skeins of yarn in my boots and shoes so I could get everything to fit.) Is Glee in the Joseph Galler alpaca? I got some in charcoal gray at Seaport. Don't know what I plan to do with it...

10:09 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

"Emma" is so cool, i cannot wait to see how it turns out! the bag is super cute too, and is that a brick fireplace in a brooklyn apt i spy in the backround? oh- i am so jealous!

8:37 PM  
Anonymous craptina said...

Emma looks so much more like your style- rip!!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

oh, you think you've been gone for a long time... i still haven't posted yet!

anyway, i love your ghetto drawstring bag and keep wishing that my mother in law will decide to gift us with one of her old sewing machines. the one that can sew through 4 layers of leather. and no, it's not because I want to make dh chaps, but come to think of it...

anyway, your post on 6 things about you cracked me up. and the kidney thing? i didn't think it was that common either when i found out a friend of mine has 3 kidneys as well and well, now i know 2 people with multiple kidneys! And the left right thing... dh does that too. it also turns out that he has something called "relative left and right" when it comes to driving on the other side of the road. it's very confusing as a navigator.

glad to see you're doing well

2:35 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Those bags really are everywhere! Crazy fabric cutting is better than my problem, which is crazy stitching - I can't do it in a straight line for the life of me!

Glee is going to be lovely on you, can't wait to see!

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Dorothy said...

Your bag is very cute. I think the laces save it from being too fussy and frilly.

I love the Emma jacket. I've been wanting to knit that one up too.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like you gave your blog "Rejuvex!"

12:52 AM  

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