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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Palm trees and tax return yarns

I'm on a little business trip, and this is my view. So crazy to wake up in brownstone Brooklyn and go to sleep under palm trees.

For some reason, I wasn't in the mood to knit on the plane -- crazy, I know -- but I was pleased that the in flight movie was "Dreamgirls." Though I've always found it a little strange when characters just spontaneously burst into song, I was oddly moved by the story. Or maybe not oddly, since I tend to be emotional when I have to get up at 4 in the morning.

So in a surprise move, I've decided to knit the split neckline tee from "Fitted Knits." I'm really delighted by spring this year, and I just can't bring myself to buy a heavy, bulky yarn. (Plus, I can't stinking find any reasonably priced Lana Grossa Royal Tweed for the textured tunic.) So a jaunty short-sleeved top it is!

I'm calling this my Tax Return Yarn since I did my taxes Saturday night, and I treated myself *beforehand* to some yarn. Very motivating. It's Rowan Cotton Jeans from Brooklyn General, since I couldn't find any of the recommended Cascade Invito either. Darn obscure yarns! And since you simply don't make a trip to Brooklyn General on a weekend without running into a Spider or two, I naturally bumped into Katy. She nearly scared the heck out of me, but she faithfully supported my yarn purchase.


Blogger SJ said...

Oooh, pretty yarn! Are you doing the top all that color, or will you be using another color for the trim?

Oh, and I just bought some yarn last night, rationalizing it by telling myself I was using my tax refund to pay for it. I think buying before doing your taxes is totally permissible as motivation!

8:00 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

A business trip with palm trees - enjoy! And I had the opposite experience, I did the taxes and had to resign myself to eating ramen and knitting with kitchen twine for the next few months.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Ooh, that's such a lovely top! The construction is so simple, and yet the details are very elegant. And the yarn you picked is very nice! A good spring project.

9:52 AM  
Blogger ariaknits said...

Hi, officially had to delurk because that is such a CUTE top! It's going to look great in that color. Great knitting and blogging!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Carrieoke said...

ooh, I love the short sleeved top! you will be so fabulous in that. And yay for palm trees on a business trip!

11:25 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

that top is so simple and stylish, love it. I've been wanting some Rowan Jeans for awhile, tempting for sure. Wish I could say that I were getting a tax refund!!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

that is a pretty yarn- like the color of moss. i think either sweater is fabulous, and can't wait to see how split neck turns out! although, with the weather we are having here in nyc (that you are missing- grrrrrr!) you might need the long sleeve coverage of the tunic as well!

9:05 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

That split neck tee is on my list for this spring/summer also. I like the yarn that you have chosen for it.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Lovely green yarn, C! Lucky you. That looks like a nice match for the pattern too. I like!
What a nice business trip - I hope you enjoy ;)

9:04 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That is lovely yarn! It will look fantastic knit into that sweater.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

Now, this is the perfect treat of course for doing the taxes - and you definitely deserve it! What a very beautiful yarn! And the top you decided for is just perfect - totally gorgeous indeed with these unique details, and just knitting it will bring you into the best possible spring mood!
Have as much fun as possible at your business trip - but when I see these awesome palm trees, I know that you will! ;)

1:05 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

The yarn for your new project looks great! Hope you have a wonderful trip.

Incidentally - you won the draw at my blog. Drop me an e-mail when you can and I will get your prize off to you.

2:03 AM  
Blogger Kaet said...

thanks for the comments! hehe! and here i thought my food looked positively gruesome in that photo! it is not an actual recipe, just something i threw together. it actually tasted good. same as pasta of any other shape with chicken and pesto, just a fun new little shape!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

you lucky b***h, it's currently like 35 degrees here in nyc. enjoy the nice weather while you can wherever you are.

the yarn is awesome. can't wait to see some wip pics and see it all knitted up!

3:41 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

You always find the cutest sweaters to knit.
Yay for getting your taxes done and love the new yarn!
Can you please send some sunshine this way.LOL

7:38 PM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Thanks for your comment on my skirt! I just purchased Fitted Knits and can't decide what to make out of it. The split neckline tee is perfect spring project.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Lu said...

What I wouldn't give to wake up or go to sleep with a palm tree nearby. I love the top - I will have to consider it for a future project ( and the future just might be tomorrow). Hope the sun was fun.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

What a pretty color! It's going to look great!

I hate it when I can't find a yarn that is called for just to give it a feel. Thus the reason I rarely used the yarn a pattern calls for. ;)

Can't wait for progress pics!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous frecklegirl jess said...

Love the yarn that you did find though!

That top is so cute- the clasp shown in the book is just gorgeous!!

11:18 PM  

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