"Fiery" Bolero, in black.

Is it Tuesday already*?

I don't know about you, but once the heat wave passed I felt a serious need to multitask. And when I multitask, it's time to play Let's Click a Thumbnail:

Go on, click a thumbnail:

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1) Now that the heat wave is over, I'm working on my Fiery Bolero, bay-bee! [Project details here.] It's a pretty laidback knit, as it's worked entirely in one piece. (Sleeve construction is done via increases.) And have I mentioned how much I love Debbie Bliss's Cathay? She deserves a gold star on her forehead for coming up with this one. I liiiiiiiiiiiike it!

2) Remember the Phil Eponge I bought to knit a baby Flowery Cardigan? [Project details here.] July was going to be my starting month so I pulled the yarn out of its ziploc and got cracking on the back piece while riding in the car to Isle d'Abeau on Saturday. I was there all day and evening, and managed to work on the piece a few times during the day while visiting with friends. I didn't get a chance to work on the cardigan while riding in the car on the way back because it was midnight and I was busy digesting the champagne [!] and honkin' enormous barbecue we had for dinner. I look forward to knitting it, though. The back and front of the cardigan are knit in one piece and there's some colorwork which should make it fun.

3) Of course, I'm still playing with my new sewing machine, Nymphea. The bi-yearly SOLDES (or sales...magic word, that) started in Lyon last Wednesday and one of the (many) things I bought was some lightweight fabric at La Maison des Tissus in La Croix Rousse, which is just a walk from my home. Of course, I couldn't resist the call of the flowery fabrics so on Sunday afternoon I pinned, cut and started sewing one of them into a petite sundress. Oh la laaaaaaaaaaaa!

*We head off for vacation next Saturday and this week is my son's last week of school, which of course means that he has been invited to parties and playtimes and lunches. I've got something going on every single day this week, but I'd love to finish my Fiery Bolero before I leave so I can take the baby Flower Cardigan as my travel project. Send an extra pair of hands.

Is it Tuesday already*?

I don't know about you, but once the heat wave passed I felt a serious need to multitask. And when I multitask, it's time to play Let's Click a Thumbnail:

Go on, click a thumbnail:

spring2005_fierybolero_thumb.jpg summer2005_babyschtuff_flowercardigan_thumb.jpg summer2005_sewing_petitesundress_thumb.jpg


1) Now that the heat wave is over, I'm working on my Fiery Bolero, bay-bee! [Project details here.] It's a pretty laidback knit, as it's worked entirely in one piece. (Sleeve construction is done via increases.) And have I mentioned how much I love Debbie Bliss's Cathay? She deserves a gold star on her forehead for coming up with this one. I liiiiiiiiiiiike it!

2) Remember the Phil Eponge I bought to knit a baby Flowery Cardigan? [Project details here.] July was going to be my starting month so I pulled the yarn out of its ziploc and got cracking on the back piece while riding in the car to Isle d'Abeau on Saturday. I was there all day and evening, and managed to work on the piece a few times during the day while visiting with friends. I didn't get a chance to work on the cardigan while riding in the car on the way back because it was midnight and I was busy digesting the champagne [!] and honkin' enormous barbecue we had for dinner. I look forward to knitting it, though. The back and front of the cardigan are knit in one piece and there's some colorwork which should make it fun.

3) Of course, I'm still playing with my new sewing machine, Nymphea. The bi-yearly SOLDES (or sales...magic word, that) started in Lyon last Wednesday and one of the (many) things I bought was some lightweight fabric at La Maison des Tissus in La Croix Rousse, which is just a walk from my home. Of course, I couldn't resist the call of the flowery fabrics so on Sunday afternoon I pinned, cut and started sewing one of them into a petite sundress. Oh la laaaaaaaaaaaa!

*We head off for vacation next Saturday and this week is my son's last week of school, which of course means that he has been invited to parties and playtimes and lunches. I've got something going on every single day this week, but I'd love to finish my Fiery Bolero before I leave so I can take the baby Flower Cardigan as my travel project. Send an extra pair of hands.

Hey! Check out where I am on my Fiery Bolero:

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The Fiery Bolero. Olé!
(Pictured with the cursed measly half skein of Cathay remaining.)


I finished it up and started on the neck edging, which required my picking up about gazillion stitches. Okay, I lie. It isn't really a gazillion stitches but it sure feels like it is. Anyway, last night I was happily knitting along on the neck edging, working those short rows [how I love working short rows] and watching Les Dents de la Mer*, when I got to the last two rows and decided to take a look at the amount of yarn I had left. Uh-oh! [Insert ominous approaching shark music from Jaws.] Less than half a skein. I'm not sure if I am going to have enough yarn to finish the back edging and cuffs! I started looking at my swatch to see if I could rip that out and glean a few centimeters out of that, which is pretty sorry. And that, my friends, is why it's a good idea to always get an extra ball of yarn even if you're sick and tired of doing that because you could open a yarn store with all the oddballs leftover from previous projects. Now I'm going to be fervently praying to the yarn gods while I nervously knit the edgings: "Please, yarn gods! Let there be enough of this bad boy Cathay so I can finish the Fiery Bolero and wear it on vacation! I shall place chocolate at the altar, er...my stash closet, for you!" If that doesn't work, I'll have to order another skein when I get back from vacation, and wait for it to come in. That'll learn me, good and proper.

*Otherwise known as Jaws; remember that movie? Scared the bikini off me when I saw it back in...oh, never mind. Suffice it to say that I saw it when it came out in theaters. A long time ago. Oops! My age is showing.)

Oh, but there's more. I couldn't resist surreptitiously getting in a few rows on the Flowery Cardigan, even though I should really be packing for vacation, going to my hair appointment and sweating over the measly half skein of Cathay I have to finish my Fiery Bolero.


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Wanna see the whole enchilada? Oh, go on.


This is the back piece, which has similar construction to the Fiery Bolero as the sleeves are knit on. See those extra stitches at both ends? I just began increasing stitches for the sleeves. The fun part! Should make for interesting travel knitting. And I like knitting this little cardi so much that I decided to knit the matching diaper cover that goes with it, and just bought a couple of extra skeins of Phil Eponge in order to do that. The diaper cover has a big flower right smack on the bottom. Awwwwwwwww!

Now, for my travel knitting. I'm taking:

1) A few skeins of GGH Scarlett so I can start knitting my Rebecca cardi, already. I swatched for this project a while ago and haven't even started. J'ai honte! Maybe I'll do a few rows of ribbing while I'm away, just because.

2) Some skeins Phildar Quietude so I can work on a vest for my dad. Rows and rows of ribbing for a vest destined for a man the size of a rugby player! In gray flannel yarn. Who loves ya, Dad???

3) All the Phil Eponge slotted for the Flowery Cardigan. Let's hope I have this as a near-finished project by the time I get back.

And wait! There's even more. Before I go, I give you some artsy snapshot slideshows taken when I was in Paris:




The family and I are heading off to the Loire Valley and Paris for vacation. There will be updates when I get back. See you then!

I'm back from vacation! And guess what?

....I had enough yarn to finish a Fiery Bolero! (The yarn gods must like me.)


This is the stand still like a mannequin shot.
[What's that? A wacky dancing while on vacation shot? Oh, alright.]
BONUS: I made the petite sundress, too. Oh, how CRAFTY!


Fiery Bolero details: Fiery Bolero from Interweave Knits Summer 2005. I used 5 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cathay for the size small, and barely had enough. I made no changes to the pattern other than adding a couple of extra rows to the body of the bolero for length, working three rows less on the ribbing of all edgings, and wrapping the stitches when working the short rows on the edging in order to avoid the "eyelets". [Footnote: Best instructions I've seen to date re wrapping stitches for short rows: Vogue Knitting's Ultimate Knitting Book.]

Petite sundress details: Simplicity pattern 4994, size 6-8 (I cut the pattern so that it would be between those sizes). I purchased the fabric at La Maison des Tissus and all notions at La Mercerie. Both are in La Croix Rousse, which is a walk from my home which makes me sooooooooo happy.


(Here's an action shot of the dress looking over the Loire Valley.)


And speaking of my vacation, I had a fabulous time. In summary: I traveled down the Loire River in a traditional boat called a futreau, strolled through fog in an international garden festival at Chaumont, watched July 14th fireworks from a terrace overlooking the river, visited where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last days, looked at over 300 portraits of illustres in a castle gallery, watched some jousting at a dungeon, got my hand kissed [!] by a stunt horseman wearing a knight costume, and then traveled up north outside of Paris for a surprise party for my dear friend Laetitia (with whom, incidentally, we stayed for a few days and had the best time ever). And when I wasn't doing all that, I was knitting, bay-bee! Mostly in the car or early in the morning while sunning myself on the terrace of the apartment. No sassy photos for you of the sunbathing but I do have, of course, a customary slideshow of the car knitting**. (You knew I would, right? I always do.) Click to see all the snapshots:




**Rules of my car knitting snapshots are as follows: All snapshots must be taken while knitting, or with knitting on one's lap, IN THE CAR. Further, the car must be in motion, temporarily stopped at a traffic light, intersection, in traffic or similar with engine always running. In no event may the car be parked, halted for more than 30 seconds or deliberately stopped for purposes of taking a photo. The seatbelt must remain on at all times, but the hand may be carefully stuck out of the window in order to obtain a good shot provided it doesn't cause any traffic accidents and even though it makes one look like a wacky camera-happy tourist.

P.S. Speaking of good friends, I had some WONDERFUL things waiting for me in my mailbox when I got back from my trip. My pal Bonne Marie sent me a surprise mega package filled with lovely gifts: some VERY haute yarn, a book of her prints taken in Paris, Last Minute Knitted Gifts, a slinky black long-sleeved shrug [!] (how she knew I wanted one, I'll never know) and some fab knitting mags. But that's not all: My pal Silvia has been doing some pattern shopping for me, BIG time. We're talking major pattern enabling...check out all the great sewing patterns she sent me! Woo hoo! What a welcome back, eh? I know I'm gonna sound mushy, but I don't care. I am so thankful for all the good friends I have, and for their sincere thoughtfulness and everything they do for me. They've all got star status around here. THANK YOU!