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Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Swing of Things


Not just any old sweater deserves a Brooklyn fire escape photo shoot. But by golly, Flair, you do!

I can't say enough about this pattern from Knit and Tonic. It was a dream to knit, relaxing and not-too-taxing but with enough seed stitch and buttonholes to keep things interesting. I used Cotton Fleece in grey dawn, which nearly matches the primer on the fire escape steps. Wore it to brunch this morning at Tournesol, and it nearly made me forget that I was in Queens. (No offense to Queens folks, I just had a few bad experiences there and hold it against the entire borough.)

Now, you may be saying to yourselves, Carrie, your Flair is lacking a little, well, flair. It's not as swingy and boxy and jacket-y as the original, but I just wasn't sure that I could pull that look off. I decided to make it longer and fit a tad closer to the body. There's still a little swing at the bottom, and if I change my mind, I can just alter the button placement. (I actually probably need to reblock the button band since it looks a tad wonky anyway.)

Jon insisted that I include this bug-eyed, sunglasses shot -- Like a lot of New Yorkers, I've been channeling my inner Naomi Campbell after her histrionics this week.



Speaking of buttons, I used these cute little numbers from Joann Fabrics. (I simply can't resist going there whenever I'm home in Pennsylvania.) I had trouble getting the design to photograph well since my camera is shameful. But they're like little doodles etched around the buttons.


Now I'm plotting something from "Fitted Knits," another treasure trove of top-down raglan goodness.

46 Comments:

Anonymous michelleknits said...

beautiful!

6:33 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

So glad that 'Flair' is fire escape worthy! I love Wendy's patterns, they are so doable yet interesting. I think you were right to go with the body conscious version, it looks great!

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I love it!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous stinkerbell said...

makes me think I want to make one myself soon...

7:36 PM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Hey, I never even saw you knit on this! You are quick!
It looks like the perfect spring cardie and it fits you so well :)

7:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

You look so cute! Flair is gorgeous.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

i love your version of flair! I'm sure it will get a lot of use with the spring coming up.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

Working on mine right now, but I need help. I am at the part where you start with the button hole placement. It says on the 12th row (RS) from the CO edge. First, my RS's are all odd-numbered. And am I already supposed to be starting the buttonholes just 12 rows into the knit? Hmmm, not quite understanding this one. I don't think I am understanding the contruction at this point, to be quite honest with you. Please help!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Katyaflutes said...

i love it! i actually like it kind of better than the original - your mods are a great idea - think i may try it out.

and second veronique's comment - you're knitting like a sweater a week!

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Whoa, done already?? Looks great--you totally made it your own.
Also, can I give you a commission next time you go to JoAnn, pretty please?

9:41 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

Looks very cute!

No Joann's in the city? Interesting. There's one here and it gets a lot of business.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

Flair rocks! I love it in that color- super sophisticated (esp. with the sunglasses). You totally look like you could be running from the paparazzi. :)

10:12 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

i love the modifications you made. looks great on you. you are totally rockin' the top down raglans :)

10:16 PM  
Anonymous frecklegirl jess said...

So pretty!

Yet another successful FO. :)

And! You put it in your R. notebook already as finished- isn't it satisfying? haha

10:48 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Wow, it looks fantastic on you, wonderful.

btw, it's Queens that I'm moving to next weekend, I can only hope that I have better luck there than you eh?

11:12 PM  
Blogger mayarn said...

ooooh - I love it! good work.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Faith! said...

I always think of my fire escape photos as "best case scenario" pics (either that or the street, right?) this changes my mind! You did a great job.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Jenn W said...

I like it like that. When I first saw that pattern, the only people I could think of pulling it off were Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, and Wendy herself.

1:15 AM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

I like your version better, loooks amazing, how long did it take to make?

8:10 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Super flattering! But promise me you won't wear Flair to clean garages or whatever poor Naomi wore her chinchilla coat to do.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Awesome sweater!! It looks perfect on you.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Ann said...

It looks fantastic! The color looks great on you and I bet the cotton fleece feels wonderful. Congrats!

8:47 AM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Oh, I love that! Your modifications--making it less swingy, the buttons--really work well. It's perfect for this lovely spring weather we're having, too!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Carrieoke said...

wow, it looks fantastic! I love the mods you made - I like the tiny bit of swing at the bottom, and the buttons are perfect. It looks so great on you!

8:54 AM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Love it! So cute on you! And the mods give your Flair some goodly added flair! (worst pun ever, I know, I know...)

9:06 AM  
Anonymous rfg said...

Fantastic! I love it. The buttons look really cute too. I definitely support the suburban trip to big box craft store - how else is a Brooklyn girl supposed to get her notions fix?!

9:23 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

your flair is beeeutiful! i love the fire escape shot - v. new york ;-) can't wait to see what's next!

9:27 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

Totally cute. I actually like it better how you did it, fitting a bit closer. That is probably more flattering to a wider variety of body types anyways.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Your version of Flair is great. It looks so good on you. The prefect sweater for court-mandated community service. ha ha

10:33 AM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Your Flair is great. I've been spending a lot of time with Fitted Knits trying to plan what to knit from it. It's such a lovely book.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Yarn It said...

Oh, I love it! I love how the pattern can be altered easily. Yours looks great and I love the longer length!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

love love love flair! and obviously the serious shades make you look like the next supermodel (minus the hissy fits!) it looks so perfect for this finicky weather we are having!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Craptina said...

Man, you pick the cutest patterns, Carrie. I really love your style and I think this looks fabulous on you. Great alterations to the pattern too, not everyone can pull off the boxy look; you are rockin it.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

That came out great! Yay!

3:15 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I really like your shapely version of Flair - it's so flattering! (Not something I could pull off right now, but maybe in a few months!)

8:48 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

You're flair looks so good on you. I like the non-flair adaptation. I also love the "bug-eye" shot too. It's very New Yorker-esque

9:29 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

i love it!! and don't you just love cotton fleece? very wearable and you can wash it in the washing machine (at least i do!)

10:53 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

That fit is to die for! So much better than the original!!!

I'm with you on fitted knits. FANTASTIC stuff in there!

4:21 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

Love the way this fits you! Great job! It is really beautiful!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

It looks great! I think I like your more fitted version better as I don't think I can carry off a big swingy jacket either.

9:59 AM  
Blogger megan said...

Your Flair looks great. It makes me want to knit one.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Very cute! I really love this pattern and I like your modifications too!

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

This sweater is *so* beautiful! It seems to have the perfect fit, and I totally love the pattern! This added to the fact that you chose such a pretty colour makes it the perfect sweater, I'd say! Congratulations!

3:08 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Flair looks fab! Nice work. I love the buttons you found - it's all in the details.
That Naomi - always giving us something to 'think' about.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I love your Flair mods! Oh, and I've seen those buttons at JoAnn's :)

10:21 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

cute! though i'm sure you totally could have gotten away with more flair with those glasses!

4:10 PM  

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