Look! Fluffy Jacket Progress:
I bet you thought I'd gone off and forgotten about my Fluffy Jacket
, didn't you? Well, ha ha! I didn't. I seamed the monster (using very strong machine sewing thread; I'd be really
whack to seam using the yarn itself), and early this morning decided to start fringing. And you know what? I'm still fringing. I cloistered myself in the apartment and fringed all morning. Why so much fringe? Well, let me highlight a small portion of Phildar's finishing instructions: Fringe is to be added at the hem, the sleeve cuffs, the collar, and the edges of the front pieces in EVERY stitch or EVERY row. [Insert music from shower scene in Psycho
.] Every stitch or every row
, depending on where the fringe is being placed. That means that I'm probably going to be fringing all day. I expect to see my husband walk in around seven-ish to find the house in complete disarray with Captain Destructo bouncing off the walls and me sitting on the couch still putting on that mad, mad fringe. Hair a mess, eyeballs all bloodshot, bits of fringe fluff flying around...
But it'll be worth it. The jacket definitely needs that fringe to jazz it up. After I seamed the jacket I tried it on as is, and it's very "blah" without the trim. So fringe, I must. Anybody want to come over and walk the dog for me?
In other knitting news, I've got some great stash additions to share, all thanks to my thoughtful online knitting buds. Go on, click a thumbnail:
1) A surprise package from Marie
in Wales containing some Colinette Mohair and Colinette Giotto! I think I'll add the Colinette Mohair to the shawl I've been wanting to knit from last year's holiday edition of Vogue, and the Giotto...hm...maybe rectangular stole in a simple stitch pattern.
2) Another surprise package from everybody's favorite Mason-Dixon ladies, Ann and Kay
! This one contained some books I've been wanting for a while now: Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns
and Everyday Fashions of the Fifties as Pictured in Sears Catalogs
. Of all the pattern books I have, Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns
is among my favorites so I was very eager to get her second book of patterns. And it's no secret that I love looking at all sorts of vintage images, especially ads, patterns and catalogs of fashions, so Everyday Fashions of the Fifties
is a much welcomed addition to my books collection.
3) Yet another surprise package from Wendy
, containing some yarn that she spun herself! I'm always impressed by people who are able to spin their own yarn (something I don't know how to do), so receiving beautiful handspun yarn from a fellow knitter is like a treasure to me. [P.S. to Wendy: While walking around downtown I saw a guy selling balloons in front of the Printemps
store. Guess who was at the top of the pile of balloons
4) A package I received in trade from Froggy
, containing Rowan Felted Tweed in "Crush", Rowan Kid Silk Haze in "Heavenly", a sheep tape measure and some cute knitter's cards! I've got this fab Rowan yarn slotted for a couple of things from Vintage Style
, and I really want to start knitting one of them this winter. (It's amazing how a box of yarn can make one totally rethink one's winter project lineup, let me tell you.) Don't let me until I finish fringing my fluffy jacket, alright?
In a word: WOW. Thanks so much to my online knitting buds for bringing in such holiday cheer! [Passes spiked eggnog all around.]