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Fringe-rrific!

Look! Fluffy Jacket Progress:

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It's, like, TOTAL fringe-itude, dude.
(What can I say? I got younger brothers.)


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! [Click to see.] 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! [Click to see.] 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! [Click to see.] 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! [Click to see.] 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.]

Fringe-rrific!

Look! Fluffy Jacket Progress:

fall2004_fluffyjacket_fringe.jpg
It's, like, TOTAL fringe-itude, dude.
(What can I say? I got younger brothers.)


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! [Click to see.] 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! [Click to see.] 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! [Click to see.] 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! [Click to see.] 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.]

Stashed out.

Well, the fog didn't bring in Gary Oldman wearing pastry rolls on his head. It didn't bring any sun, either. It brought a string of rainy days, but that's all over now. Today we got this:


photo property of skinnyrabbit.com
So pretty, so cold.
(And it'll be this way all week.)
Yep. Better stay inside and knit.


In other news, it's time for me to show off my recent stash enhancements! From the mail: I got some Peruvian Wool in violet heather to make a Ribby Cardi. From Phildar: I got a sweater's worth of Phildar "Kid Mohair" in Amande and a Kid Mohair pattern leaflet. And from Plassard: I got a sweater's worth of Plassard "Weekend", some Schoeller and Stahl "Punk" [with a name like that, how could I not?], a few skeins of Plassard "Rhapsodie" and a Schoeller and Stahl pattern book for Winter 2004/2005. I foresee imminent re-shuffling of my winter projects lineup yet AGAIN, but I can't help it! Me like new yarn, and me so fickle. And you know that I put together a mini slideshow of my latest stash acquisitions for you, right? Go on...let's ogle the yarn.

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I also decided to pull out some of my Lion Brand Kool Wool from the mountain I brought back with me during my visit to the States last year, and bought some ball buttons so I can make the collar from Vogue Knitting's knit.1 mag. I've got everything all set out on a table and ready to go:

photo property of skinnyrabbit.com
Kicky top hat optional.


Cute, eh? I'd like to knit that little accessory this evening because i) it looks like fun to knit, ii) I'm eager to knit up that Kool Wool, and iii) it's freezing outside and my son likes to play in the snow. Send hot chocolate.

That's right. I bought more yarn, slappy.

You know what? I'm not even gonna start this entry with a "so, I finished a project and that means I get to buy new yarn" justification deal. I'm just gonna come right out and say this: "Me. In the yarn store. On Tuesday afternoon. Ka-ching!" Oh yes. Just like that. Check it out:


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Oops! I stashed again.


Purdy, eh? I bought yarn to make the Chanel-inspired jacket on the cover of the latest Phildar Tendances, which apparently has done so well the boutique I frequent sold out its stock in less than two weeks. The jacket requires a new paper-like yarn called Clapotis, and the first thing I thought when I saw the yarn was, "Copacabana, version 2.0". They've taken the discontinued-last-year Copacabana, improved it, and called it Clapotis. Go Phildar.

[Footnote: I'll be starting this jacket in early spring, and I'll be knitting it with Laëtitia from à l'envers à l'endroit. (We even bought the yarn on the same day. Talk about knit-together synchronicity!) As I mentioned to Laëtitia, I'm still not sure if the colors shown above are the ones I'll be sticking with, because I need to swatch to see if I'm happy with them. We'll see.]

I also bought some of Phildar's latest Coton No. 4 in "Jeans" to knit a ribbed jacket for the Captain. He picked out the design himself from Phildar's latest Pitchoun. [Awwwwww!] I notice that he likes for me to knit him things that have unique details, like this jacket. It has an asymmetrical zipper that's intentionally placed off-center. Clearly, the kid loves to wear things that are edgy. Go Captain.

And that's the end of my stash enhancing until Lent is over!

On another note, I want to give a public thank you to Elizabeth of Asanteyaa for very thoughtfully sending me some Chunky bars when I mentioned in the comments of one of my previous entries that I thought that Chunky bars weren't being made anymore. Well, she sure proved that they still exist by sending me two honking big ones, with the added treat of mini Junior Mints, Charleston Chews and Almond Joys.

This just in: Skinny Rabbit suffers another Bonehead Knitting Moment.

Last night I happily bound off the sleeve cap of the SECOND sleeve of my Salina sweater, and this morning I thought I'd kick off my Monday with an entry showing a photo of both triumphant sleeves bathing in their own ray of sunlight. Well, there will be no sunlight for these sleeves because the second sleeve is naughty:


winter2005_salina_sleeves.jpg
Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do...
[Wanna see them both? Click to zoom out.]


Yes, yes...I know. I noticed it right away, too. The second sleeve is smaller than the first sleeve. Why? Because I unwittingly knit the entire second sleeve using size 3.25mm needles when I was supposed to use size 3.75mm needles. Of course, the first sleeve was knit using the correct size needles, 3.75mm. But when the time came to cast on for the second sleeve I grabbed the wrong needle, cast on, and knit through in complete and hopeless ignorance of my mistake. Which, of course, resulted in a second sleeve that is significantly smaller in both width and length compared to the first sleeve. YES, it's noticeable. And NO, I'm not going to attempt to block the dickens out of it, stretch it from here to Sunday, pin it to kingdom come, chant mantras over it or anything similar in the hopes it'll magically grow. I'm going to add this mistake to my list of Biggest Bonehead Moments in Skinny Rabbit Knitting History and knit the second sleeve all over again. No, no. I insist. And that's the end of the Salina sleeve incident.

But higher powers know when I need consolation. A surefire way to yank me out of the knitting blues is getting YARN all the way from Deutschland:


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Snapshots! Snapshots!


Seeing all that yarn spread out on the table for breakfast makes me want to run around the room in circles from excitement. GGH Scarlett in ice blue, GGH Samoa in pink, Rebecca 29 in English and Lang's Fatto a Mano No. 151 (in German with French insert). [Thanks to Alison from Virginia Wool for enabling me with this yarn!] So much to gush about I don't even know where to start. So how about some snapshots of it all?

[Free yarn plug: I regularly receive messages from people who want to know where, where, WHERE did I get the GGH yarn to knit my Rebecca cabled top and Apricot Jacket. The yarn and mags shown in the photo above, and the yarn used to knit the Rebecca projects shown on my site, were obtained from the same place in Germany: Rike's Wollmaus. This supplier has had a permanent link on my links page ever since I received my first order from them back in 2002. They are very friendly, have great prices, deliver promptly, and have special-ordered things for me (i.e. they obtained Rebecca 29 in English when I asked about it AND let me know via email when it came in a couple of days later). Plus, they include a small packet of gummy bears in their packages which makes my sweet tooth happy. And now you know where I get my Rebecca fixes. End of free yarn plug.]

Stash in the mail is almost as good as a big box of chocolate truffles. And that, my friends, is why I kinda don't mind about having to knit the second Salina sleeve all over again.

This just in: Skinny Rabbit suffers another Bonehead Knitting Moment.

Last night I happily bound off the sleeve cap of the SECOND sleeve of my Salina sweater, and this morning I thought I'd kick off my Monday with an entry showing a photo of both triumphant sleeves bathing in their own ray of sunlight. Well, there will be no sunlight for these sleeves because the second sleeve is naughty:


winter2005_salina_sleeves.jpg
Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do...
[Wanna see them both? Click to zoom out.]


Yes, yes...I know. I noticed it right away, too. The second sleeve is smaller than the first sleeve. Why? Because I unwittingly knit the entire second sleeve using size 3.25mm needles when I was supposed to use size 3.75mm needles. Of course, the first sleeve was knit using the correct size needles, 3.75mm. But when the time came to cast on for the second sleeve I grabbed the wrong needle, cast on, and knit through in complete and hopeless ignorance of my mistake. Which, of course, resulted in a second sleeve that is significantly smaller in both width and length compared to the first sleeve. YES, it's noticeable. And NO, I'm not going to attempt to block the dickens out of it, stretch it from here to Sunday, pin it to kingdom come, chant mantras over it or anything similar in the hopes it'll magically grow. I'm going to add this mistake to my list of Biggest Bonehead Moments in Skinny Rabbit Knitting History and knit the second sleeve all over again. No, no. I insist. And that's the end of the Salina sleeve incident.

But higher powers know when I need consolation. A surefire way to yank me out of the knitting blues is getting YARN all the way from Deutschland:


february_28_2005_stash_rebecca.jpg
Snapshots! Snapshots!


Seeing all that yarn spread out on the table for breakfast makes me want to run around the room in circles from excitement. GGH Scarlett in ice blue, GGH Samoa in pink, Rebecca 29 in English and Lang's Fatto a Mano No. 151 (in German with French insert). [Thanks to Alison from Virginia Wool for enabling me with this yarn!] So much to gush about I don't even know where to start. So how about some snapshots of it all?

[Free yarn plug: I regularly receive messages from people who want to know where, where, WHERE did I get the GGH yarn to knit my Rebecca cabled top and Apricot Jacket. The yarn and mags shown in the photo above, and the yarn used to knit the Rebecca projects shown on my site, were obtained from the same place in Germany: Rike's Wollmaus. This supplier has had a permanent link on my links page ever since I received my first order from them back in 2002. They are very friendly, have great prices, deliver promptly, and have special-ordered things for me (i.e. they obtained Rebecca 29 in English when I asked about it AND let me know via email when it came in a couple of days later). Plus, they include a small packet of gummy bears in their packages which makes my sweet tooth happy. And now you know where I get my Rebecca fixes. End of free yarn plug.]

Stash in the mail is almost as good as a big box of chocolate truffles. And that, my friends, is why I kinda don't mind about having to knit the second Salina sleeve all over again.

A Triumphant Sleeve Cometh.

winter2005_salina_sleeves2.jpg
Expand: Sleeve one and sleeve two.
And they're both the same size!
(Yeah. She showed that naughty sleeve who's boss.)


NEWSFLASH! This just in: Our sources reveal that Skinny Rabbit had two straight late-night knitting sessions in a row - one session consisting of a torturous 2+ hours in front of Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's bubs - which resulted in a second Salina sleeve knit using the correct needle size of 3.75mm. The sleeve got pulled off the needle before the credits of aforesaid too-bizarre-to-be-artsy film appeared on the television screen and a Kacha Kacha measuring tape confirmed that said sleeve measures the same as the first sleeve. To celebrate her victory Skinny Rabbit ran triumphantly around the block with hands in the air, theme music from Rocky I blaring in the background. "Flying high now..."

Upon successfully finishing the second sleeve, Skinny Rabbit immediately started backstitching the shoulders of the front and back pieces even though she has yet to knit the blasted sleeve cuffs in moss stitch. The correct needle size (3.25mm) has already been tagged in order to ensure that she doesn't flub AGAIN by knitting the cuffs in the wrong needle size. Evidence of Skinny Rabbit backstitching the shoulders has been documented in the form of yet another slideshow, of course.

[Footnote: Skinny Rabbit learned how to backstitch in 2001 using Monste Stanley's Knitter's Handbook as a reference. Skinny Rabbit hearts this book and would probably lug it with her to the North Pole if she had to move there. Which, thankfully, she doesn't plan on doing any time in the near future.]

This also in: Skinny Rabbit stashes again! Sources reveal that Skinny Rabbit became an auntie again [congrats to her little bro on becoming a father to another little girl last week!] so an emergency weekend yarn run was in order. Of course, this means that she didn't break her lenten no-stash rule as the yarn obtained is for gifts and not for her own greedy self.


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In the batch: Phildar layette pattern book, Phil Eponge for the new niece's flowery cardigan and some gray flannel Quietude for a vest for Skinny Rabbit's dad. The vest is going to be a Father's Day present, and as Skinny Rabbit's dad is built like a linebacker she felt that she better get an early start on it in order to ensure that it be, in effect, a Father's Day gift and not an early Christmas gift. And doesn't her new yarn look all lovely bathing in its own ray of sunlight on the table? We think so, too.

Still reading? Good. Skinny Rabbit's unforeseen stash run and project reorganization for spring means that there's yarn up on the stash-o-mat page. Take a look!

A Triumphant Sleeve Cometh.

winter2005_salina_sleeves2.jpg
Expand: Sleeve one and sleeve two.
And they're both the same size!
(Yeah. She showed that naughty sleeve who's boss.)


NEWSFLASH! This just in: Our sources reveal that Skinny Rabbit had two straight late-night knitting sessions in a row - one session consisting of a torturous 2+ hours in front of Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's bubs - which resulted in a second Salina sleeve knit using the correct needle size of 3.75mm. The sleeve got pulled off the needle before the credits of aforesaid too-bizarre-to-be-artsy film appeared on the television screen and a Kacha Kacha measuring tape confirmed that said sleeve measures the same as the first sleeve. To celebrate her victory Skinny Rabbit ran triumphantly around the block with hands in the air, theme music from Rocky I blaring in the background. "Flying high now..."

Upon successfully finishing the second sleeve, Skinny Rabbit immediately started backstitching the shoulders of the front and back pieces even though she has yet to knit the blasted sleeve cuffs in moss stitch. The correct needle size (3.25mm) has already been tagged in order to ensure that she doesn't flub AGAIN by knitting the cuffs in the wrong needle size. Evidence of Skinny Rabbit backstitching the shoulders has been documented in the form of yet another slideshow, of course.

[Footnote: Skinny Rabbit learned how to backstitch in 2001 using Monste Stanley's Knitter's Handbook as a reference. Skinny Rabbit hearts this book and would probably lug it with her to the North Pole if she had to move there. Which, thankfully, she doesn't plan on doing any time in the near future.]

This also in: Skinny Rabbit stashes again! Sources reveal that Skinny Rabbit became an auntie again [congrats to her little bro on becoming a father to another little girl last week!] so an emergency weekend yarn run was in order. Of course, this means that she didn't break her lenten no-stash rule as the yarn obtained is for gifts and not for her own greedy self.


march_07_2005_stash.jpg


In the batch: Phildar layette pattern book, Phil Eponge for the new niece's flowery cardigan and some gray flannel Quietude for a vest for Skinny Rabbit's dad. The vest is going to be a Father's Day present, and as Skinny Rabbit's dad is built like a linebacker she felt that she better get an early start on it in order to ensure that it be, in effect, a Father's Day gift and not an early Christmas gift. And doesn't her new yarn look all lovely bathing in its own ray of sunlight on the table? We think so, too.

Still reading? Good. Skinny Rabbit's unforeseen stash run and project reorganization for spring means that there's yarn up on the stash-o-mat page. Take a look!

A Triumphant Sleeve Cometh.

winter2005_salina_sleeves2.jpg
Expand: Sleeve one and sleeve two.
And they're both the same size!
(Yeah. She showed that naughty sleeve who's boss.)


NEWSFLASH! This just in: Our sources reveal that Skinny Rabbit had two straight late-night knitting sessions in a row - one session consisting of a torturous 2+ hours in front of Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's bubs - which resulted in a second Salina sleeve knit using the correct needle size of 3.75mm. The sleeve got pulled off the needle before the credits of aforesaid too-bizarre-to-be-artsy film appeared on the television screen and a Kacha Kacha measuring tape confirmed that said sleeve measures the same as the first sleeve. To celebrate her victory Skinny Rabbit ran triumphantly around the block with hands in the air, theme music from Rocky I blaring in the background. "Flying high now..."

Upon successfully finishing the second sleeve, Skinny Rabbit immediately started backstitching the shoulders of the front and back pieces even though she has yet to knit the blasted sleeve cuffs in moss stitch. The correct needle size (3.25mm) has already been tagged in order to ensure that she doesn't flub AGAIN by knitting the cuffs in the wrong needle size. Evidence of Skinny Rabbit backstitching the shoulders has been documented in the form of yet another slideshow, of course.

[Footnote: Skinny Rabbit learned how to backstitch in 2001 using Monste Stanley's Knitter's Handbook as a reference. Skinny Rabbit hearts this book and would probably lug it with her to the North Pole if she had to move there. Which, thankfully, she doesn't plan on doing any time in the near future.]

This also in: Skinny Rabbit stashes again! Sources reveal that Skinny Rabbit became an auntie again [congrats to her little bro on becoming a father to another little girl last week!] so an emergency weekend yarn run was in order. Of course, this means that she didn't break her lenten no-stash rule as the yarn obtained is for gifts and not for her own greedy self.


march_07_2005_stash.jpg


In the batch: Phildar layette pattern book, Phil Eponge for the new niece's flowery cardigan and some gray flannel Quietude for a vest for Skinny Rabbit's dad. The vest is going to be a Father's Day present, and as Skinny Rabbit's dad is built like a linebacker she felt that she better get an early start on it in order to ensure that it be, in effect, a Father's Day gift and not an early Christmas gift. And doesn't her new yarn look all lovely bathing in its own ray of sunlight on the table? We think so, too.

Still reading? Good. Skinny Rabbit's unforeseen stash run and project reorganization for spring means that there's yarn up on the stash-o-mat page. Take a look!

And this is when I show off my new yarn...

Guess what? I'm blocking the Popcorn Jacket! And that means that I'm close to seaming. Which also means that I am entitled to swatch for new projects, and play show-and-tell of some new stash additions:


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Such an exciting color to photograph!


Debbie Bliss Cathay in BLACK, soon to become a "Fiery Bolero" [Interweave Knits Summer 2005]. (Psst...Heather's going to be knitting this, too.) Oh, silky yarn! How I itch to knit thee! And is that a groan I hear because I picked black instead of fiery red? I know, I know. But black goes with everything and this particular lot is itching to become a little black bolero that I can wear over some of those strappy black camisoles I have. And that's all I have to say about that.

But there's more.


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Ooooh! French linen blend!
(Such a shameless yarn trollop, I know.)


As we say in French, j'ai craqué during my latest visit to my local Phildar boutique and bought 6 skeins of Phildar Phil Lin so I can make a cropped cardigan [Phildar's Phil Lin leaflet 2005]. There was a sample knitted up in the store, I tried it on, and my carte bleue got pulled out of my handbag faster than you can say "no freaking willpower". Two short tops in one season! I hereby declare The Season of Shrug, Bolero, Cropped Cardigan and Otherwise Mini Sweater open here at skinnyrabbit.com. (Come on! You knew I was gonna. My trend-lovin' self is all over these shrugs, boleros, cropped cardigans I keep seeing...basically, if it covers the boobs and bares the waist I'm a happy knitter in 2005. Mini sweater me, please.)

So it's official: These two tops are the things I'm going to KNIT while I'm on vacation in PARIS. I'm heading on over to Par-ee with my pals Bonne Marie and Jackie for a week of fun from the 21st to the 28th, and these are the two projects I'm going to stick in my duffle. (Of course I'll be documenting it all with the digicam!) Chicago, New York and Lyon bloggers meeting in Paris...can you stand it? Allez, les parisiennes, on organise une petite réunion "tricot" dans un café qui serait disposé à recevoir quelques tricoteuses pipelettes? Ecrivez-moi!

Look, Ma! I made a flouncy skirt!

Where's the garden party?
P.S. Captain Destructo took the shot. [Awww!]*


My latest sewing efforts have rendered a flouncy skirt using McCall's pattern M4875 and about three meters of flowery fabric purchased in La Croix Rousse. The pattern is classified as "easy" and the front envelope even proclaims "Suddenly You're Sewing!", and that is no lie, my friends. I put the skirt together over a couple of afternoons and suffered no boneheaded moments. I'm dying to put on a pair of sandals and a ballet tank so I can wear this skirt out, but I can't because the weather is being all fickle and cloudy. (Where's my summer, man?) I guess I have no choice but to dive into my wee stash of Fall fabric that I got a few weeks ago before La Maison des Tissus closed for the month of August.

summer2005_sewing_petitesundress2_finished_thumb.jpg I've also finished the petite sundress I had cut out and started sewing before I left on my trip to the Loire Valley, and I'm pleased with how the dress came out. However, I don't want to wear it out yet because I don't like how the back closure looks with the way the instructions called for it to be sewn in (with apparent stitching and a regular dress zipper), so I'm going to buy an invisible zipper and sew it in using a special zipper foot. That means I have to rip out this zipper, and do the whole entire zipper dance all over again without making a mess of it. Lucky me!

Speaking of stash, I've cleaned out enough of my stash during my MAJOR HOUSECLEANING to justify a couple of stash acquisitions for Fall projects. First up:


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A nice little batch of Rowan All Season's Cotton in deep denim blue, traded with my friend Sarah W. (via Rowan supplier Kangaroo...thank you!) that wants me to make it into a cardigan to wear this Fall. Which cardigan? Oh, the suspense!

And because I am like to remain faithful to my local market, I bought the fixins' for yet another back-to-school jacket for yours truly:


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One of my new rules of stash acquisition is that I won't dawdle anymore and that I will knit any and all new stash acquisitions in a somewhat timely manner. [Yeah, right!] In order to comply with that rule I will be taking these yarns with me to the country for an extended weekend starting this Saturday so I can get a headstart on my Fall projects. I feel my needles clicking already. Click, click, click!

*When Daddy's at work Mommy shall employ the photography services of four-soon-to-be-five-year-old Captain Destructo for taking mannequin shots. Of the five shots he took, this is the one shot that wasn't angled, blurry or chopped off. I would have included customary dancing shots, but i) there was no music, and ii) Captain Destructo wanted to get back to his morning cartoons. Whaddaya gonna do?

Look, Ma! I made a flouncy skirt!

Where's the garden party?
P.S. Captain Destructo took the shot. [Awww!]*


My latest sewing efforts have rendered a flouncy skirt using McCall's pattern M4875 and about three meters of flowery fabric purchased in La Croix Rousse. The pattern is classified as "easy" and the front envelope even proclaims "Suddenly You're Sewing!", and that is no lie, my friends. I put the skirt together over a couple of afternoons and suffered no boneheaded moments. I'm dying to put on a pair of sandals and a ballet tank so I can wear this skirt out, but I can't because the weather is being all fickle and cloudy. (Where's my summer, man?) I guess I have no choice but to dive into my wee stash of Fall fabric that I got a few weeks ago before La Maison des Tissus closed for the month of August.

summer2005_sewing_petitesundress2_finished_thumb.jpg I've also finished the petite sundress I had cut out and started sewing before I left on my trip to the Loire Valley, and I'm pleased with how the dress came out. However, I don't want to wear it out yet because I don't like how the back closure looks with the way the instructions called for it to be sewn in (with apparent stitching and a regular dress zipper), so I'm going to buy an invisible zipper and sew it in using a special zipper foot. That means I have to rip out this zipper, and do the whole entire zipper dance all over again without making a mess of it. Lucky me!

Speaking of stash, I've cleaned out enough of my stash during my MAJOR HOUSECLEANING to justify a couple of stash acquisitions for Fall projects. First up:


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A nice little batch of Rowan All Season's Cotton in deep denim blue, traded with my friend Sarah W. (via Rowan supplier Kangaroo...thank you!) that wants me to make it into a cardigan to wear this Fall. Which cardigan? Oh, the suspense!

And because I am like to remain faithful to my local market, I bought the fixins' for yet another back-to-school jacket for yours truly:


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One of my new rules of stash acquisition is that I won't dawdle anymore and that I will knit any and all new stash acquisitions in a somewhat timely manner. [Yeah, right!] In order to comply with that rule I will be taking these yarns with me to the country for an extended weekend starting this Saturday so I can get a headstart on my Fall projects. I feel my needles clicking already. Click, click, click!

*When Daddy's at work Mommy shall employ the photography services of four-soon-to-be-five-year-old Captain Destructo for taking mannequin shots. Of the five shots he took, this is the one shot that wasn't angled, blurry or chopped off. I would have included customary dancing shots, but i) there was no music, and ii) Captain Destructo wanted to get back to his morning cartoons. Whaddaya gonna do?