July 06, 2007

I hereby declare...

...vacation season open chez Skinny Rabbit. Woo hoo! [Does happy dance.]

Oh, vacation! How I love thee! I get to sleep in (or at least until seven a.m. when my thoughtful neighbor puts on her heels and clunks down the hallway stairs like a brontosaurus), stay in my jammies until it's time to walk the dog and watch morning cartoons with Captain Destructo. No more running to the metro at 7:15 every morning with my sack of drawing materials and honking tubes of paper. Yeah!

To celebrate, I am going to post an entry every single day next week, starting on Monday. Even if it's a one photo entry or a measly little paragraph. But I'll make it count, promise.

Before I head off today I want to congratulate Jennifer Curran, who won the Tea for Two tote I made by recycling Claudia's infamous and wonderful Horror from the 80s Teapot Sweater for Claudia's MS Raffle. The bag has been packed up and is now winging its way overseas to Jennifer. Bon voyage, tote!

And while we're on the subject of recycling, I just pulled some old tops I knit out of the closet. (Some longtime readers of my blog may remember them; they were all featured on this blog quite a while ago):

She never wears us! Where's the love?

People, those tops so totally want to be recycled.

Have a good weekend!

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50 comments to this entry:

Recycle? I'm scared! What exactly does that mean? ==================================== Note by Becky: Exactly what it means! I'm not one to leave unused clothes in the closet to gather dust. What isn't given away or sold is recycled so it can be used. And there's no reason for you to be scared: It's not your knitting we're talking about :-)
I love the green one. So cute!!!
The pink calls to me because it's my favorite color, but the green is so cute. Glad you're getting a little down time--make the most of it! ====================================== Note by Becky: I love the pink, but it came out way too short. (This top was the predecessor of my Peppermint Twist sweater.) The green is also cute but I never wear it either. It was fun to knit, though.
I think the white one wants to be a (felted?) pillow. I have always wanted to felt cables and I see that sweater stitched together just outside the cable borders and lounging on a sofa. ===================================== Note by Becky: I can't felt any of these knits: They're all cotton. I'm not really a felter, anyways. A pillow is a nice idea but I'd like to do some deconstructing and reconstructing instead...
Ha, I started to say, oh no, I'm scared. But you're right, it's not my knitting! I'll stay tuned for the Knit Recycle '07. I don't like to leave unused clothes in the closet either. I usually donate them. But that hasn't happened to the knitting yet, but I should probably check my closet for some knits not being worn. Actually I have one that I want to rip out. Heh! ======================================= Note by Becky: Ripping out is an excellent way to recycle. I admire anybody who does that; it takes a lot of patience to rip out seams and unravel knits!
Well, I officially declare this to be awesome! I can't wait for a fluffa! festival. ======================================= Note by Becky: Aw, thanks Marnie. I look forward to updating my blog and reading everyone's blogs regularly again. I miss not being able to do that, and I bet I've been missing out on some great projects and updates out there!
Hmmm...what can those dears become! I love the pink stripes. So pretty and the stripes are harmonious to the eye. Can you use the body as the body of a tunic - add fabric straps/sleeves/yoke to the salvaged tube? The white sweater just looks like a bag or backpack - add a sweet Liberty lining and some cute straps. I don't know about the green piece. I think it's cute, but you're obviously not wearing it for a reason (fit,style etc.). You could cut it up and make a stuffed toy of some shape. Embellish it with crochet/embroidery/fabrics and pillow it up. Coasters? (You're not a big girl so I know there's not alot of fabric there)... :) ===================================== Note by Becky: Oooooooooh...a backback. Totally loving that idea! Optimum use of the fabric, too.
Ah, lovely destruction. ;-)
I await the muse...well, yours, anyway!
Is that white top a Rebecca pattern? It looks like Rebecca style. I can't wait for more Fluffa! Whee! Happy dances for everyone! ======================================= Note by Becky: Yes, it is. All of these projects with details can be found by clicking on my "gallery" link.
Oh, yes. I remember those. You never wore the stripy one?
I'm still laughing about your description of your neighbour!! Hope you have a truly fabulous vacation. Who knows, maybe the "brontosaurus" is going away today and not returning until your vacation is over...smile. ====================================== Note by Becky: Hee hee! Oh, how I wish she were going on vacation. Maybe for a year? (Wishful thinking, I know.)
I, too, love the green top! I'm sure it'll look great in its next incarnation too, but it seems a shame to change it. I know how it is, though--sometimes you end up just not wearing something, for no apparent reason.
Whoo Hoo, VACATION!!! What joy, what bliss! And those knits get an extra long vacation!
Yay for vacation! I wish I was on vacation too. Well, I guess I'll have to settle for it almost being the weekend. Can't wait to see what you do with your knitting.
Yeah for vacation! I'm looking forward to your posts. I really love that white top--too bad it didn't work out for you :-( ======================================= Note by Becky: In all fairness to the white top, it did work out for me. I wore it a number of times, back when I knit it. That was a while ago, though.
How exciting! Can't wait to see what you'll get out of those poor neglected knits. Sadly I'll have to wait, I'm leaving for vacation myself in an hour. But hopefully I'll have lots of exciting reading to catch up with when I get back :) Have fun!
Three cheers for vacation! Unfortunately, mine is over for the next few weeks, but then I get another one in August, so I'm not complaining. Anyway, Sil beat me to the backpack idea for the white top - I think it would make a great sport sac with some denim accents and zippers up the sides. Maybe it needs an extra inside pouch of pink stripy contrast fabric!
I looooove the green color. Hmm, what shall these knits be next...
I think it's so lovely, looking at these pieces so long after they're finished and being able to look at them with such a different eye. I mean... you don't have to think of them as "this many skeins" or the correct decreases... or anything like that, they're just finished! It's only when someone goes to compliment it that you're reminded of its handknit awesomeness. Okay, that's your bit of pre-vacation posts nostalgia for today. X))
There's not much point of hanging on to things that don't fit or that you don't like. I've been quite ruthless recently with my knits (including ribbing out and planning to reuse the yarn).
I have no memory of the green one, it must have been a very long time ago. The others were before my reading-fluffa-blog-time, but I remember them from the archives. Good luck with the recycling, I'm sure you'll have a ball! And how I'll enjoy the daily skinny rabbit! Yay for vacationtime!
Ahhh...taking back the knit during vacation? Woo! hoo! vive le/la liberte! (pardon moi for my bad french) that looks like your sweater featured in a knitting book...am I right? :)a certain twist? work has cleared a bit for me too...does this mean I need to do the same? :)x /o ==================================== Note by Becky: The very one, H! Well, not the same one featured in the book. I have that one and will never let go of it. This particular stripe sweater was its predecessor, and came out too short for me to wear comfortably. The one that came out in the knitting book is the New and Improved version! :-)
Love recycling old knits! I wish I could be in my PJs all day! I think that must be a benefit for people who work from home.
Congratulations! Your plans sound heavenly!
When I saw your pic I immediately thought "Oh no the peppermint twist!" I am glad it wasn't the actual twist... Glad you are having your vacation now...we all know how hard you have been working. You are awesome!
Maybe the new knitalong should be a recyclealong.I have been eyeing half finished and fully finished items that are taking up too much space in closet and not any space on body. A vacation...does that mean car knitting? ======================================= Note by Becky: Oh, I like. If you do decide to recycle along with me, let me know! I'd love to get some vacation car knitting done, but my parents were visiting us from overseas for a month [!]. No more vacation time from work until the end of the year.
Yay for vacations! I'm interested to see how you are going to recycle those sweaters.
I can't wait to see what knitting goodness comes from your vacation. Speaking of Peppermint Twist, my sister has been wanting to make it for some time and finally just bought the yarn to do it. She is a school psychologist, and she knits like a fiend in the summer when school is out. Enjoy your time off!
Yay for vacation if it means posts from you :) Your knits are beautiful, can't wait to see what new incarnation they might take. You're certainly more adventurous than I. Mine just sit at the bottom of the drawer.
Sometimes, the feel of pulling that yarn out of its stitch form feels so... so... liberating. And it has a nice tactile sensation. I'm excited to see it all repurposed.
It's funny the process of possession. One day the yarn that we can't stop thinking about will become the a free and happy experiment! I see the pink stripe as a clutch bag with a silver frame: big top latch! Anything wool that can be felted?
Have a great vacation--you deserve it!
Seven daily posts. And recycling magic. Yay!!! : ) ==================================== Note by Becky: [High fives all around]
Now this is the Becky stuff I love! Creativity in all it's glory. I can't wait to see what you make of these. I love that knitting is never wasted in Fluffa land. Enjoy your holidays, Becky. You certainly deserve a break. ======================================= Note by Becky: Thank you! :-)
I *hope* that over the next week we get to see some of what you've been working on this past year in school. *hehe* Have a long fun vacation!
oh, but those lovely cables! i love me some chubby cables... happy happy holidays!
I remember pink and green... perhaps because I love that color combo. :) Happy vacation and happy recycling!
Enjoy your vacation!
Yay! Enjoy your vacation. :)
how cool. I can't wait. I have a brontosaurus in the office that walks around quite a bit, I keep thinking of the children song "all day long goes clippity clop" [sigh] I'm always so amazed by your knitting, those garments look like they were bought in a store...and that's a compliment my dear, they are flawless. ======================================= Note by Becky: Thanks, Orli! I laughed out loud when I read your comment: 'I keep thinking of the children song "all day long goes clippity clop"' Same over here. Total clippity clop time. Next time I meet my neighbor in the elevator I'm going to ask her if she finds it difficult to walk around wearing lead boots.
Glad you are back in the saddle again....looking forward to seeing what and how you recyle your stuff. For that stripey number I envision a tote...just mho.
Happy dancing for you Becky! Woo hoo!! Can't wait to see what your recycled knits become! I'm sure it will be smashing!
Great idea there. Al Gore would approve.Would be keen to see the recycling process in pictures plus any handy hints you may have as I'm also keen to get more mileage out of my wardrobe.
Recycling must be in the air - or at least all around the world with the live earth concerts. Hope you have fun redefining these pieces.
Yay for recycling! I loved the Tea for Two tote so I can't wait to see the additional re-worked wonders to come. Enjoy your holidays! ======================================= Note by Becky: Thanks! Your blog name is really cute, btw :-)
I am glad you're back on the blog! Congratulations on finishing the school year. I am sure all your hard work has paid off. As for the old knits, the three items look quite nice together in the photo... could they be joined together? or is that just crazy talk?
Have fun on vacation! You certainly deserve it. I'm totally with you on the recycling thing. I am constantly going through my closet and selling, gifting, cutting up, or altering stuff I don't wear anymore, including handknits. Every knit has its day - although some of them last longer than others. ===================================== Note by Becky: Hear, hear Elizabeth! My feelings exactly :-)
I can't wait to see how you re-purpose the stripey number! Your brontosaurus could play a pipe organ (as my former neighbor did)...it could be worse. ====================================== Note by Becky: OMG...A pipe organ? Dude! I wouldn't have lasted a month.
Awww, that green one is the one you knitted along with me so I could learn! Thanks for that (I don't wear mine either, but it was a good learning experience!). ======================================= Note by Becky: That's right! And that's another reason why I haven't the heart to give this one away. Let's give it some new life :-)

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