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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Back to your regularly scheduled knitting

Between my wedding and other notable distractions, I have let knitting -- and m'blog -- fall by the wayside. Oh, the power of inertia! I mean to post but don't, then feel bad that I don't, and yet I still don't. But over the past few days, I feel like the knitting bug is back and as insidious as ever. After a few marathon evenings, I *finally* finished my gallery jacket from Webs.

A hearty thanks to Lisa for taking finished object shots at Brooklyn General Saturday!

I started this so long ago that I don't even remember starting it. No recollection at all. I would pick it up, knitting a few rows of the twisted rib, then stuff it into a bag for months at a time. Even though it's knit in my beloved Brooks Farm Four Play, I just found it a little dull and wasn't really longing to work on it. I swear that I completed maybe an inch on my honeymoon, which you would expect to be prime knitting time! Nope.

(A quick aside. While in New Orleans, I visited The Quarter Stitch, a truly delightful yarn shop in the French Quarter, natch. I can't say enough about this spot. I wanted a yarn that was lively and vibrant and would always remind me of our time as newlyweds in beautiful New Orleans. They directed me to a skein of Mango Moon yarn, which is made from recycled sarongs and promotes the economic independence of Nepali woman. Perfect. The women there made time to listen to me gush about my new husband and our wedding and our adventures on the Gulf Coast. They then assured me, "If your husband let's you buy yarn on your honeymoon, you're going to have a long and happy marriage.")

So this past week, I picked up the gallery jacket with renewed urgency, and I knit like the wind! It was a fight to the finish, with more loose ends left to weave in than I wish to recall. I swear, I spent the entirety of a "30 Rock" dealing with 'em. ("Please welcome LIZ LE-MON!")

I'm glad, though, that I resuscitated this one. I just really adore it!

I think the fit would be a little better if I used a traditional shawl pin, but I kinda wanted to use my grandmother's cool brooch. It reminds me of the Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop!


Blogger Angela said...

Love the cemetary shots. "Infant Stapleton" is heartbreaking. I was just down in N.O.L.A. a couple of weeks ago, and those Quarter Stitch ladies are just great! They are always so friendly and fun. Looks like an amazing trip.

8:35 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

That is adorable! I don't think it would look nearly as special without your grandmother's pin. It's a nice touch!

10:07 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

I love it, it looks so drapey and soft.

I, too, am wrestling a project that tends to disappear for months at a time... seeing your FO is helping get a fire under my ass to finish mine.

2:39 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

The color is lovely and it looks so good on you! I am NOT surprised you didn't knit more on your honeymood ~ aren't you supposed to have *better* things to do, LOL!

Glad you finished wrangling the project. It's worth it.

8:40 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

you know i love it! it's just as beautiful in person as in the photos :)

9:23 AM  
Blogger An Abundance of Lisa said...

Love that brooch on the sweater. It's just perfect! I've had this sweater in my queue for a while now and I think I might have to bump it up to the top now!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

You are so awesome at knitting wearable sweaters - this one is beautiful! I love the color so. much. and the pin is lovely.

10:48 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

It may have been a bore to knit, but it's a fabulous FO!! I see you wearing this one a LOT!

12:01 PM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Gorgeous! And the brooch totally makes it :)

7:02 PM  
Blogger Krystal said...

I got married on September 26th of this year and also visited two yarn stores on my honeymoon! Though we were in Victoria, BC and Seattle, the lady in the store in Victoria told me essentially the same thing. If my new husband let me go buy yarn while we were on our honeymoon, we would have a very good and long marriage! I only finished a pair of socks on our honeymoon, so I feel ya on that one. I thought I'd get a lot more done as well. :)

12:06 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I second what Carrioke said--you really know how to wear a sweater, girl! They always look so beautiful and polished on you. And I love the brooch, the bit of sparkle just adds to the cute jacket.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Beauitiful knit!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Craptina said...

WOAH! Looking good girlfriend! You have such a great eye for picking just the right pattern for your shape.

10:32 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

How lovely! What a pretty shade of fuschia. And your grandmother's pin is the perfect finishing touch.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I think it looks wonderful on you! great color and nice fit! You look so happy in the photos too :) Lovely to see you, girl! (and I *love* the 30 Rock reference!)

6:19 AM  
Blogger sheila said...

The jacket looks great and I love that color!

8:40 PM  
Blogger Nik said...

how cute! I like the color of the yarn.

3:50 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

i love the purple on you! looks great... think i might have to make one soon!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Cirilia said...

It looks great--worth the boredom, yes?

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's beautiful. Love the pattern.
(and the gumdrop wreath above is so cool)

6:26 PM  

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