Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I concede. Wait. Does that mean I give up?

There has been a lot of discussion on blogs about the latest Interweave Knits, and it seems the general consensus is that there aren't a lot of good patterns in this one. Personally, I gotta say, I like this issue. I've found at least three patterns in there I would buy the yarn for now, except there's so much yarn in the yarn room back room. There's a couple of patterns I would like to wear, were it not for the fact I never really bounced back from the third baby. And the article about Elizabeth Zimmerman and Schoolhouse Press was really neat to read. I love how it seems like such a large business, but is still run by family, and just a few people, at that. The article on combining two different strands of color, knitting them together, and making a new color - boy, I read that article three times. My fingers are just itching to try it.

So I'm a fan. And I found the Brick Pullover sweater on Knitting Daily's email, went to my magazine, searched and found it. I like it. I don't know how I missed it on the first run-through, but I think it's pretty nice. I've finished the husband's last sweater. (no pictures? I wonder why... But would someone please explain this whole short-row through the shoulders technique to me? I think I need to learn it.)

I think I could knit him another sweater, anyway. This sweater. It looks pretty interesting, nice color, and I like how the sweater is put together through the shoulders. So I set it out casually the other night, when we were all outside. I had a girlfriend there, and she said she liked the sweater, so I showed it to the husband. He looked at it, started to say something, then stopped. Then he looked at me and said carefully, "It's ni-ice." Grr. So I showed it to mom for a third opinion. After all, what did he know about sweaters? But she really didn't care for it, either. Now, Mel and I can't be wrong about this sweater, but two other people with pretty good taste in clothes don't like it, so really, there's probably no point in knitting it. Unless anyone else agrees with me, and wants to knit it along or something? I really would have liked a reason to knit this sweater...

Today, however, I am sewing. I had to make a new dress for my youngest last week. Did everyone see Enchanted? The heroine from a fairy tale gets trapped in our world. She makes friends with city animals, finds her true love and - oh, yes. She makes her clothes from the things she sees around her, drapes, shower curtains... I suppose I should have seen it coming. My three-year-old took a pair of scissors to her prettiest dress, trying to alter it, because the gauzy overlay was bugging her. That was last week, and the only way I could calm her down was to make her another dress. This week, my oldest daughter is going to a village on a field trip, where everyone dresses like pioneers, brings an old-fashioned lunch - I'm thinking of packing her summer sausage - and watches reinactments of the good old days. I hope there's a spinning wheel, cuz I signed up to go and watch over four of four hundred children that will be at this event. (Light a candle for me, if you've got one) I'm nearly finished with her pioneer dress (needs a hem), and her bonnet (needs a brim), and I need to cut out her apron. It's okay, right? I mean, we're not leaving until tomorrow morning. Easy peasy. I'll hopefully remember to take pictures before she drags everything through the mud, since it's raining like crazy right now.

Then I am off to Maryland for the weekend! Whee! I think I'm a week or so late on the Maryland Sheep and Fiber Festival, but it's going to be a quick trip, anyway, to visit a friend. But if I could have managed it for the same weekend, I'd have been really torn on whether to drag my friend there or go to the festival and come back another weekend. =) (JUST KIDDING, Mary! I'd have dragged you there. Then I'd have made you buy a spinning wheel, because there's a better chance of convincing your husband it's just a decorate device than to convince mine.) So everyone have a good weekend, and I'll take pictures for the blog as soon as there's more finished product!

7 comments:

Carrie K said...

How cute! She fixed her clothes just the way Aurora did.

Easy peasy to finish all that! Possibly. If you give up sleep and feeding yourself. It sounds like a fun field trip.

Jennifer said...

I can see a child taking scissors to her dress. My daughter took a marker to one of her stuffed animals to make her "prettier." It was pretty cute to talk to her after her experiment when she said that, "decorating ducky didn't really help."

trek said...

I like the Brick Pullover very much! I think it looks best on the guy who is himself a knitter.

Mama Bear said...

Did you get any sleep? I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Nice to catch up with your blog. The play looked like great fun!

Tala said...

Hey, did you get my Etsy convo about the batt I couldn't find? STILL can't find it, so I reordered the base merino and will remake the batt. I'm going to send you two to make up for my egregious mistake! SO sorry I screwed up!

Nora said...

Oh, your 3 year ols sound just like me! I used to "alter" all my clothes at that age too. :)

TheAmpuT said...

Well, there is not a single thing in the new Interweave that I would make (for myself at least). There are a couple of things I find pretty cute, but I know would look horrible on my physique. And there is a whole lot in there I just didn't like. But it wasn't just the magazine patterns, it was even items shown in the ads! NOTHING got me fired up! When I get like that it sure is possible that I'm just in a knitting funk.