3.16.2006

obsession decoded: part 1


'member the scene in "the shining," where shelley duvall finally gets a look at jack's novel in progress only to find out he has typed thousands and thousands of pages of "all work and no play..." well. this is what i fear. after they've hauled me away, they will come into my studio only to find thousands and thousands of swatches. fake-a-gamo swatches.

this is what obsession looks like. the other night, i had a dream about garter st triangles. this morning, while picking up some coffee at starbucks, i spotted some cupcakes in the display case and i'm thinking how much they look like the scallopey triangles of the ferragamo bag.

back in december, when this whole thing started, i naively assumed it would be sooo easy to knock off this bag. oh, i was so young then. and so very, very innocent.

yeah, so here i've been for the past month or so tearing my hair out trying to do just that. in the beginning, the ever-resourceful yahaira suggested i just run crying to eunny. i was like, NO. i will not do that. i will figure this thing out if it's the last thing i do.

so i swatched. and i went to the library. and i swatched some more. and i looked through every counterpane scallop reference i could find. posted pics on flickr. started up a KAL on craftster to get some help. more swatching. more whining.



well, long story short, i guess i should have just run crying to the magnificent marjan! i've long admired her beautiful creations on flickr. turns out, not only is she an amazing knitress, but she is also quite the stitchery sleuth! these swatches were made using the pattern she devised. perfectly ferragamo!

she has given me permission to post the pattern here, which i will do later today. bear in mind this is the pattern for the main body of the bag only. the top part is still up for grabs.

19 comments:

clairity123 said...

you are a very tenacious individual...i salute to you and marjan!!!!!!! good luck with the top.

Amy said...

Nice! I'm looking forward to seeing how you finish the top.

lisa said...

Can't wait you and Marjan are BRILLANT!

Annhb said...

Hurray! Is anybody else out there going to knit this baby in the round?

aja said...

Go you! Both you and marjan get major props for busting this one.

PERFECT KIMMIE_ilovenyinjune said...

incredible lady! Cannot wait for the full pattern. I'm tipping my needles down to salute ya!

Emily said...

Looks almost perfect! I'm glad you found something that looks so close to the original. Can't wait to see the results.

Nessie Noodle said...

I love this post- I have been watching you through this process and cheering you on-
Isn't it about the process more then the actuall product?? (well, okay, maybe not in this case).

hurray! you have it...

Chris said...

Hang in there!!

apatt said...

Thanks for your obsession... I cannot wait to knit up this bag. The top part does look a bit tricky, but you can do it!

Claire said...

Awesome! I totally take my hat off to you!

diana said...

Gorgeous! I've been enjoying reading your progress on this bag.

Chris said...

Have you seen this new free bag pattern from Berroco? Looks like you might get some ideas from it...

Twisted Knitter said...

I am fascinated with your fake-a-gamo quest and enjoying your progress!!

sylv said...

I was just going to comment on the new berroco pattern too... and still can't believe they have the guts to publish such an obvious knock-off btw !
The swatches are so close, can't wait to see more..!

Corey said...

Just checked out that Berrocco pattern. I'm not a big fan of the knitted top part that attaches to the handles. The wicker/leather combo in the Ferragamo bag really is superior. I wonder how that can be accomplished. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing Marjan's pattern!

Anna-knits-a-lot said...

Oh! You're sooo close!
What are you going to do for the handles/wooden top part of the bag??? Do tell!

Anonymous said...

Eu achei maravilhosa essa bolsa.
CĂ©lia.

Pili said...

Hello, i'm spanish, so i don't speak in english very well...
How could I get this bag pattern???
I found it (http://knitlit.blogspot.com.es/2006/03/ferragamo-one-down-one-to-go.html) but i don't find the other part.

Thank you a lot, my email is: pilycortesponce@hotmail.com

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