Inky Goings On.

5 August, 2008, 6:50 pm
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I have a love hate relationship with Topshop: I love the fact that their sizes are one of the few on the high street that properly fit me, I love the abundance of flat shoes in a size 8 that always end up in the sale. I hate their badly made basics, some of their more ridiculous ranges and the fact that they never seem to make anything exciting, knitwear-wise. But I think they may have redeemed themselves slightly on the last point, with this:

It’s ridiculous and I love it. I’m a big fan of obnoxious colourwork, and this has the advantage of looking vaguely tame from a distance. My first thought was “My God, I want it. Could I make it?” And this seemed reasonable enough. Naturally, it would take months on end if I ever did finish it, but I could better the fibre content (50% cotton, 50% acrylic) and recalculate the sleeve-body join, so I didn’t end up with four one-eyed skulls and a wonky bomb or two. But it seemed a reasonable enough endeavour. Until I thought about how soul-destroying those months of calculation, knitting and frogging would be. About how, by the time I finished, if I ever did, I’d either be completely sick of it, or forced to accept that my perpetually flaky fashion tastes had changed, and that I’d no longer be comfortable wearing it. So I begrudgingly admitted to myself that this was one of those items that would be more sensible to buy, rather than make. And I can gasp in horror in twenty years time, when I look back at pictures of me modelling it, and scream “what was I THINKING!?” Which I think is always a good sign.

Instead, I’ll knit Ysolda’s gorgeous Little Birds. I love the double breasted waistband, but am tempted to alternate colours of birds. Because in my book, garish is good.


Fibre Friday
16 November, 2007, 1:49 pm
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After successfully defeating the incredible urge to head off to Leamington to buy some Rowan Felted Tweed to make either Blustery or Wool Cotton to make Matilda Jane, I arrived home to find a parcel from GetKnitted on my doormat, with four skeins of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Adriana inside. Yum!

The closest approximation to the colour I could manage, along with the obligatory sweets they send. Originally, I’d ordered some Malabrigo Worsted in Damask Rose, after being inspired by ssailorssBriar Rose, but they’ve had some sourcing problems, so on a whim, I chose this. Now, naturally I have no idea what to do with it. Perhaps a stole for Christmas parties?

Elijah is coming along well, and is so enjoyable to knit: Ysolda’s pattern just walks you through it: it’s fantastically written and constructed. When I’m not tussling with DPNs, I’m knitting the Drops jacket for NaKniSweMo, though whether that will be finished in time is yet to be seen. So far, I’ve only done the back.