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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Not so flattering

I'm showing this one only because I know you folks won't judge me. Here's Emma:

Not the best look for me, I know. Despite all of the exhaustive measurements and math involved in this pattern, the fit is not so good. It's large, in charge and billowy, like something Bea Arthur might sport. (And I love Bea, but I don't aspire to dress like her.) This was done with Cascade 220 Quattro -- not sure how many skeins because it was reclaimed from my failed Prepster Jacket.

Maybe it was me and not the pattern. Maybe my math skills just aren't what they used to be, or maybe I blocked it too big. But the boxy, ill-fitting shoulders -- that can't be my fault. They're almost pointy!

The seed stitch lapel took forever ever and ever ever. That's why I couldn't bring myself to do the icord edging around the lapel - this seemed like a lost cause, so why expend any more time and energy?

But we're moving on to Knit and Tonic's Flair. I'm nearly done with the body already, and I know it's going to be a winner. As I was saying to my Spiders on Friday, I can't go wrong with the top-down raglan. They're my old reliable.

I'd also like to note that my Maryland Terrapins are in the NCAA tournament this year, thank heavens. This might sound out of character for me, but as a freshman at Maryland I actually slept overnight in Cole Fieldhouse for men's basketball tickets. It was a nasty experience. We played cards and drank cream soda and tried to do our astronomy homework. I remember wrapping myself in a pink blanket and trying to sleep on the floor underneath the stadium seats, only to find that the blanket became affixed to the sticky floor. Nasty.

And this reminds me of my favorite Maryland story, though it occurred after I'd graduated. Apparently, a truck rammed through a brick wall encircling the campus in 2003, taking a large chunk out. Overnight, some industrious students erected this little fella:

Only at a state school, my friends!


Blogger Karin said...

I'm sorry your sweater didn't turn out how you wanted.

That Kool-Aid pic is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time though!

7:19 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh dear... This yarn just seems to have been cursed. Sorry it didn't come out as you expected... on to Flair! Top-down Raglan is just what you need right now.

p.s. Illinois AND Southern Illinois made the NCAA tourney. I didn't go to either school, but at least my state is represented!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Dude, my husband and I go to the NCAAs every year as our "two adults, no kids" long weekend. This year, we'll be in Chicago, where miraculously, our favorite team, Villanova will be playing.

MD finished really hot this year. I hope they do well.

I spent a long time in ACC land, and my husband grew up going to games in Cole Field House. He actually gave me MD/Duke tickets one year for my birthday.

So sorry about the jacket. It is awfully, um, tunic-like. Definitely not Carrie!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Emma = :(
Will you try to block it smaller? I've had that happen to me many times, where once a garment is heavy with water, it just grows...

7:44 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

bummer about emma:( At least you have a winning project on the needles right now. And you're hair is looking extra shiny in that picture! (If that's a weird thing to say, sorry, but it's the first thing I noticed...)

yay for state schools! And Maryland's a fun one - I had fun times visiting there during undergrad.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Oh, honey, I'm sorry you're disappointed with your sweater. But you made me laugh, so I hope that means you've already moved on to the "laugh about it someday" phase.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

What a shame. It looks cozy though - good for days spent on the couch knitting? or when you don't feel well?
I LOVE that Kool Aid pic!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Too bad about the sweater. It's a gorgeous color. I love Flair, and look forward to yours.

9:08 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Flair rules, go for it!

Love the Terps even though I am technically supposed to be rooting for Duke (don't hate on me, they suck this year anyway...)

I am actually doing a sweater for my eldest daughter in the exact same Cascade Quattro--sorry you were disappointed, but I think with a little artful accessorizing it could actually work.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Sharon in Ireland said...

So sorry the Emma jacket didn't turn out right for you. Looking forward to seeing your progress on Flair, I'd love to knit that myself, may go on the ever increasing "To Do" list. Why do "To Do" lists never shorten?

11:05 PM  
Anonymous sappmama said...

Something about that pattern, even in the catalogue, looked shady to me. I've followed your progress on it with great curiosity. I hoped I was wrong to be suspicious of it. Darn.

I say donate it to someone who likes Bea's wardrobe.

You are wise to move on to Flair, which looks like a slam bang. I'm planning to make one, too.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

Hee hee- I remember when the truck hit the wall. I think the kids who made the Kool Aid guy got in trouble, actually.

I have an idea for the sweater- what about wearing it closed with a button, and then you could add a little strip on the back (like on some suit jackets) that pulls the sides in so it's more fitted?

12:21 AM  
Blogger Carrieoke said...

Hee. Could be a comfy around the house sweater? It's wearable, but I see what you mean - it's just not you!

That Kool-Aid picture RAWKS.

Hope to see you next week!

12:28 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

sorry that ella didn't turn out the way you wanted it to. that pic of the kool-aid guy is hilarious!! would those guys happen to work for Family Guy, too?

9:26 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

oh no. what a bummer about emma. maybe there's someone you know who it'll fit better? that way it can be a present AND it'll be out of your sight :)

flair will be much better. i'm sure of it. i've been thinking about buying the pattern myself!

10:37 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

Sorry about Emma. Maybe you can just lounge around the house in her.

Are you from MD? Cool that you're a terps fan. I didn't go there (my brother did), but I'm born and raised MD.

10:44 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

That really is a terrible shame about Emma, that yarn really doesn't want to be something for you, does it? I thinks Gleek's suggestion might be the most appropriate route to go.

10:44 AM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

that is too funny, I laughed outloud. I agree with you on the sweater "bea arthur" sorry :-(
Maybe you can gift it away.

11:02 AM  
Blogger GinaChick said...

Go Terps! Love the Kool-Aid story and pic! Thanks for sharing.

Every summer I get a craving for "red" Kool-Aid (is it cherry?strawberry? Does it really matter?) and pretzels. I think it's a childhood memory/taste that has stuck with me all these years!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I am so sorry you aren't happy with your sweater, although I don't think it looks as terrible as you think! Would be a nice warm addition to a pair of jeans! Maybe it would block a little smaller for you on a second attempt?

11:44 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

HA HA HA I love that kool aid photo. I fear that my sunrise circle jacket is going to look much like your Emma - well suited for sick days on the couch.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Oh, bummer about the flowiness. I agree with previous posters, though, that it has good potential for deshabille--ober a camisole and tap pants on a spring morning, maybe? But yeah--when you spend all that time on something, you kind of want to be able to wear it out of the house with pride.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Craptina said...

I feel you honey, and I'm glad your moving on. That *^&$*&( yarn is cursed! Flair is going to look fabulous.

ps- My tubey rarely leaves the closet, except to curl up on the couch on cold days. It's a shame then good yarns go bad.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous keri said...

I have to say that yours looks way better than the one in the photo on knitpicks site.

Hey - it's cozy atleast right? It looks like the perfect rainy day sweater.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Dorothy said...

Too bad about Emma. It had such potential, but you are right about the fit. Bea Aurthur would have been proud to wear it. I love her too. She and Sofia were the best on Golden Girls.

Love the Kool-aid picture, so funny!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

sorry emma was not as you expected...maybe it could make a gift for someone? i can't wait to see flair when it is done! and just think, you learned a new skill when you had to steak the jacket!
did you go to umcp? my best friend went there and i spent so much time there! what a wonderful campus and school! i have more terps apparel than i know what to do with! go terps!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Good luck with Flair.
and this knit definitely looks like a pattern problem...pointy shoulders definitely not an oops you could make.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Aw, nuts. I hate it when these things don't work out. On the bright side, though, now you know what to bring for your next ticket camp-out, right?

11:29 PM  
Anonymous frecklegirl jess said...

Oh nuts! So sorry about your jacket! Can you knit up a drawcord and make it a wrap sweater? Hard to tell from this picture...

Go flair! That picture is awesome- hahaha very inventive!

Also, Carrieoke and I are gonna be heading down (and up) to NY this week- are you gonna be around?

11:53 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

i dont see it! i actually think it looks cute, and love the color! you definately can throw it on over your jammies in the morning! :)

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...




Grrrrr (or whatever sound terrapins make).

12:58 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Aw, sorry it wasn't the fit you wanted. You are right about the sleeves though. No way that could be your fault.

I can't wait to see flair!! I bet you are gonna be super cute in that! :)

2:48 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

sorry to hear about the sweater! but that picture of the wall is hilarious!

11:45 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

You have the prettiest eyes! I don't think the sweater looks bad. Maybe if you paired it with another outfit like some jeans and a colorul tank top underneath it or something with some flat sandals. I like it.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Hee! I can't stop laughing about Bea Arthur. Perhaps you could keep it as a tribute?

It wasn't your math, it wasn't the yarn, it wasn't you, sometimes knits just don't work out!

8:27 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

I see what you mean--it's wearable, but definitely has that Bea Arthur aesthetic.

I love the Kool-Aid Pic, though! Hilarious!

12:19 PM  

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