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Christmas Booty

Hee hee! My lovely sister-in-law gave me this for Christmas:
Reason #1 why I love this book? It is adventurous. I love playing with patterns, adjusting a neckline here, or adding a vent or seam there, in case you haven't noticed by now. The sweaters in this book allow for variations in guage, yarn, texture, and pattern. After you peek through this book for a minute or two you come up with some original ideas. My favorite is the "everything but the kitchen sink" sweater.

It shows you how (in theory) to take a mishmosh of beautiful yarns and make a pullover worthy of wearing to work, or as the pictures suggest, sitting in a sunlit cafe, wearing seductive liquid eyeliner, sipping a latte. I feel hopeful that if I could complete such a sweater I would most definitely leave work early one day. I would go to Algiers in Cambridge and enjoy a decadent coffee while posing pretty-as-a-picture in my own handiwork. (Reality check: knit with washable wool and dark colors that may be resistant to the staining qualities of baby spit-up. Eyeliner is a no-go, as sleepless nights result in the frequent rubbing of one's eyes.)

Reason #2? It is young and hip. The tops are cute and fitted without being sleezo. If I wanted to knit a potato sack I could knit a tube with sleeves with my eyes closed. In the middle of a Jethro Tull concert. High. No thanks-I'd like to make something more flattering. Someone decided that I would be prone to gaining weight in my lower body rather than mid- or upper-, so I need to work with what God gave me. Baggy pants are good. Baggy tops are out of the question.

Well, enough of the rambling-with the holidays, work pressure, and 4 weeks or less to go before babakins arrives, my brain is mush.

6 comments:

Chris said...

Making it your own - that's the way! I love my Jackie Fee book The Sweater Workshop for that very reason. And Sensational Knitted Socks (Charlene Schurch). Anything that gives a template and then encourages experimenting. And I'm reeaaaallly looking forward to Mama coos and pictures of Babakins.

kathy said...

Let's get ourselves some babysitters and go luxuriate in Cambridge . . .

Martita said...

Ooh, ooh, I want to go to Cambridge, too! I might have to buy that book with my bookstore gift card. I have been intrigued by it, too.

JessaLu said...

mmm...Cambridge...I went on a few internet dates in Cambridge ;o)

Lisa Shobhana said...

thanks for the fantastic review!

jj135_uk said...

You guys are mad! I love this blog!