Wednesday, February 26, 2014

remake of a remake?

do you believe in coincidences? I was talking to a friend a couple of weeks ago – somehow we were discussing who had stashes of what yarns and turned out she had a couple of cones of that old Bonnie Triola denim bouclĂ© – I just loved that stuff and  did knit quite a bit of it – I mentioned that I’d really like some more – I was down to only half a cone left –  I had a lace poncho (worn once) out of it that I was considering (wait for it) unraveling – OMG is this getting to be a habit? not likely – anyway, my friend shared with me and sent me a full cone of her denim bouclĂ©, 21 oz of pure  treasure! After I received it, she asked what I would be making and I admitted I was thinking of doing another remake of ‘Hoods Up’ from KNITWORDS#22 (See blog May 2013) – that attempt was also a denim cotton yarn, but I ran out and didn’t get the hood done and ended up doing a button front, so it was no longer ‘Hoods Up’.
Now, the coincidence part, the other day, I got an email from Lynne in Nova Scotia – her and Nancy have decided to do a knitalong with their group and have chosen ‘Hoods Up’ for the project!! – anyway – here’s the link to their blog –  - it should be fun to follow along and see what happens! Why they chose this pattern and how they are going to make changes – different yarn, different gauge machine, etc… read what they have to say - I’m going to  do mine and maybe jump in here and there.
The original was made in Honiburd Cotton Rainbow  and I would love to make it from that again also but again another discontinued yarn – there is a limited amount of colours left, but I do have several part cones of that too and I’m wondering if it might be a worthwhile contribution to the knitalong to plan a two-colour version of the hoodie…my original red one weighed in at 17 oz/480g for the first size (finished bust, 42.5 in) and it is 
short-ish/waist length…there is 18.5 oz of the black which should make it but very close -  I’m not going to chance it – besides, probably the reason I still have the black is because I finally realized that black regular cotton (unmercerized) is only going to become shades of grey as it is washed and worn.
I could put a chest-high, wide band of the paper bag tan (love that name!) around, maybe 2 to 3 inches deep and at the top of sleeve, so it looks like you cut the garment across horizontally and inserted the other colour…I hate it when you see a garment that looks like you ran out of yarn and had to add something else to finish it off… but planning it with 2 or 3 colours…hummm… the PBT goes nicely with the fisherman too…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

a little upset here...

I was watching my new favourite show, ‘Call the Midwife’ on Netflix – I like it so much, I got the book from the library and am reading it along with watching an episode or two (okay, or three) per night and am loving both of them – the book fills in what you miss on the actual show, so I like that. Anyway, not to spoil things, but it’s nice to see actual knitting going on in the show, the two needle kind, mostly by Sister Monica Joan – you might say, she’s my favourite character, but I do really love them all! Maybe the lead character, Jenny Lee seems like she’s a bit stuffy and uptight, but she’s the author of the book and she really is.
So, I’m getting toward the end of the second season and they’re trying to give Sister Monica Joan a bit of a make-work project and she’s supposed to be knitting squares to be sewn into either baby blankets or an afghan. There’s a scene with Trixie and Jenny working the two needles, supposedly helping to knit more squares and then, oh so disappointing – they are sewing together CROCHETED granny squares!!! Wow! hard to believe BBC has no one on staff or even that any of the cast didn’t see this major faux pas!