Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow day or no, there was knitting to finish up today. So finish I did.

(And that snowstorm? Kind of a disappointment around here. I know it would have been a blizzard if our school had a full day, but instead, they got out at 11:30, with no snow on the ground or in the sky. So, we all came home, found out skating was cancelled too, and watched it drizzle outside for the rest of the day.)


But while everyone ran around the house with Zoe's new Zhu Zhu pet, I worked steadily on the ends and seams for this guy. Too bad I didn't fold it better, but you get the idea.

Ta Da!


It's Round 2 of my "Hmm" endeavor, and I do like the tweed much better than the simple merino. I think I'm going to call this one Calvados, since it's a drink I've been dying to try and this'll give me the excuse to buy a bottle. The tweed is the right color. Also, it's also a word I like saying - makes me feel a little like Ricardo Montalban, even though his accent is Spanish and the drink is from Normandy. In France. But say it. See, weird, huh? Even my husband agrees. It wants to be a Spanish word. He (the husband) says he's going to have his French client say it to me over the phone and we'll see how it sounds. I'm afraid we've already spent too much time on the topic, but, hey. I'm eagerly awaiting the phone call.


(And is the booze a business expense if I'm writing up the pattern? Methinks maybe.)


For once, I dug into the button stash and came out with something very different from the vintage collection. These are actually gold colored metal buttons with a faded white paint that accentuates the textured swirly design on them. Pretty perfect with the Calvados colored yarn. (see?) I have one button left, for a little detail I still want to figure out for the back. In the meantime, I can wear this guy around without said detail added.

See?



I tried to take a couple of photos of it on me, but you can see I seriously lack Caro's talents. And I'm back in Zoe's room again, with the shitty lighting and the dirty mirror, which never works out well. I didn't think my hand was shaky, but my camera will not focus without a flash in her room. It refuses. Maybe it wants me to keep the mystery alive for a while longer?

I guess it wins for now.

In the meantime I'll practice saying Calvados without sounding too much like Mr Roarke.

And yes, I will be looking for test knitters. Aran weight yarn. Tweed or a vareigated. Fiber with a little drape is nice. 4.5st per inch on #8s, blocked. About 1200 yds for a 34/size 6. Probably 1400-1500 for the bigger sizes. It won't be written for a few more weeks -- the timeline for knitting is Mar-April-Mayish, done in June. I'll firm up those dates soon.

Now back to some COLOR. My next projects are purple, green and blue. And two of them are going to be accessories in The Plucky Knitter's amazing handdyed yarns, which I can't wait to get my little hands (and my needles) into!

16 comments:

Cyndi said...

Despite the "shitty lighting and dirty mirror" it is still a very cute sweater!! Love it!

Chris said...

VERY cute sweater you have there! Great job!

Jody said...

you have a really great sweater there, but we NEED a better image!!! Love the front bands - such a nice job.

Estella said...

Love it - can't wait to see the pattern. This will be in my queue as soon as it is available.

Amy said...

I'm so excited for this one! It's looking fabulous.

QuiltedSimple said...

Oh i love it. I have 3 choices for yarn all picked out for the test knitting - and waiting anxiously! This is definitely something I'll wear a lot I think
Kris

Hilary said...

Great sweater! I love that collar lots. And Calvados. Perfect. I don't think it sounds French either and, saying it, I kind of feel the same way I do when I say "Discolaaandia". :)

Kathleen said...

I love Calvados! Can't wait to see the modeled shot - those buttons are great. And I'm definitely feeling short sleeved cardis lately.

Kym said...

Really nice, Thea! I might be interested in test knitting it . . . if you're still looking for anyone.

Anonymous said...

Amazing sweater! Love the yarn much better this time, I must say, even though I did like the basic-ness of the other too. The buttons go just perfectly. Your designs rock~oh, have I ever told you that before??? Ha!

Isn't Calvados the apple brandy? If so, my brother in law brought some back from France one year, and it was beyond heavenly! I think that is the same stuff you are talking about. ~Jan

Kathy said...

It's so cute, Thea!! Those little zhu zhu pets are so real looking and strangely entertaining!

Heather said...

OOOH. I like it. I have a lovely Jo Sharp aran tweed in "spring"...a pretty light green w/ burgundy-ish flecks. 13 balls of it that have been waiting for the right project! Would be interested in test knitting if you're still looking!

Thea said...

Hi Heather -- give me your info - either an email or a Rav name. Would love to have this knit in Jo Sharp Aran tweed -- in fact, am thinking I may give it one more shot in same! I'm missing that soft drape....

Heather said...

Hey Thea- we spoke via "email" a few weeks back. hfreeman70@comcast.net THanks!

sue said...

Your jacket looks wonderful and I love the buttons you used. Congrats on making such a huge contribution to Haiti. Every little bit helps out doesnt it. Your new projects look great too.

equisetaceae said...

super cute! can't wait to see the pattern up for sale!