Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pringle "Squirtlenarf"

Grainy from the dust on the mirror. Eeeeeew...sorry!

I made this copy of Pringle's Amphora Stole years ago and finally I've started wearing it more, probably because I've been wearing my hair up a little more often now (with it down, my hair just gets all tangled by the wool rubbing up against it!). People always want to know what it "is." I don't know, does it need a name to be whatever it is? Someone finally termed it a Squirtlenarf (sweater + turtleneck + scarf), so I guess I have an answer for everyone now, though I don't know if it'll really help them understand it any better.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Taipei Traffic

Today's the day! I can now start the Bulky Coat because I just realized that I have more of the french grey than I thought I did. Possibly 6 skeins. Not quite sure, because it will require some frogging of the Evening Shell (that I like but just really never wear, mostly because it makes me look like I'm wearing a scuba-diving vest) and the sleeves of a partially-deconstructed Groovy Sweater dress (also unflattering on me, sadly—I so wanted to love it!), but it LOOKS like a lot of yarn, which is promising.

Sometimes, though, it's just easier to sit in front of the computer next to the heater than to do any work that actually requires moving, so here are some pictures from my July in Taipei, taken one night from the backseat of a car when we were stuck in traffic:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bulky Coat it is!

I found this video from Vogue Knitting on YouTube, and it was decided: I'd be making the Bulky Sweater.

I drove to the Main Library the next day and got there 13 minutes before they closed, rushed through the doors, and immediately was lost—I knew I had to get to the 5th floor where all the magazines were, the question was just HOW? Or, more specifically, where were the elevators that actually went UP? I was running out of time. I have an unhealthy tendency to cut it really close when it comes to time management; I wonder if I secretly enjoy it!

I finally found my way up to the top and basically ran up to the nearest library people and was like, "Where are the Vogue Knitting magazines??" I cut it so close—by the time I was leaving, there was only one exit left open and the security guard was ushering us out. But I now have the pattern for the coat, and I laid in bed last night reading through it, and now I'm wondering if I missed some final directions that might've been on the next page; mine seem to end kind of abruptly with directions for the collar...something about placing a marker, and that's it!

Anyways, I have two Twinkle Soft Chunkys (Chunkies?) to pick from: Haze (a greyed-down sea green) and French Grey. Although I have the 7 skeins that the pattern calls for...of neither. The Boyfriend Cardigan only took me 3 (not 4) skeins, so I'm hoping that I might miraculously only need 5 for this pattern... :]

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Debating Sweater Coats

Back from a very tropical summer in Taipei and now San Francisco weather is so cold in contrast! Granted, it's actually been pretty nice for this city the past couple days, but being back has me thinking about winter knits already, particularly about large slouchy sweaters over mini, silky dresses with riding boots. Or trouser socks and heels. So here are my inspirations and possibilities:

The Twinkle Diagonal Stitch Coat
What it looks like styled in an editorial:

And what it looks like in normal life, looking much less fluffy and cozy:

via NYmag

And in all the pictures on Ravelry, the sweater looks even less fluffy! Maybe because most people subbed for the Twinkle Soft Chunky, though. And I don't know how I feel about the shortened sleeves, but that's easy to fix anyway. And I really like the huge collar on this next one, but I wonder how that would look with the trellis coat..

Twinkle Mystery White Sweater Coat

via NYmag

Has the pattern for this sweater been published anywhere yet? In another picture I saw on flickr, the side view shows that the sleeves have braid cables on them, if that helps anyone help me any. :]

Twinkle Bulky Coat from Vogue Winter 2008

And on the runway:

via NYmag

Maybe I'll knit this one, since it's the most consistent-looking when you compare photos from different sources. (I just noticed that the two different models are wearing the exact same things for these two photos. Is that the only outfit that goes with the sweater?) Or the Siréne du lac cardigan from her Town & Country Knits. It's so hard to decide! I wish I could just try on samples of these and then decide based on fit and how they look on me. That would be taking away from the mystery and excitement, but it would also take away from the frustration when you're all done and you try it on only to realize that it is not flattering at all! Off to go think about this some more...