6.19.2006

oh my guilty pleasures


with summer, comes plenty of guilty pleasures. like this adorable free pattern that knitchick jenna turned me on to. available from the super-nice ohmystars, it's the knitting equivalent of your fave trashy novel: fast, cheap and impossible to put down. it's knit on circs, so no big ol' needles bumping up against your legs while you're lounging poolside. i'm not always great at memorizing patterns, but this one was easy. just a two-row rep and the effect is stunning. i'm making mine with some easy mods, including a peacock blue bust and tie straps. i plan to work the bust in ST st, with just two vertical strips of the razor stitch continuing up the bustline for a bit of princess-seam shaping. i was also thinking about casting off in a bit of metallic gold for just a tiny glimmer at the neckline (though more than one person has strongly advised against this, i love the idea of a little sparkle.) i would have been further along on this, but things came to a standstill on saturday. that's when i stopped in my LYS for the peacock suss fishnet and proceeded to get all hoopled up in leigh radford's "one skein." so just to add to my list of summertime diversions, i cast on for a pair of silk sleeves in tomato red kid seta. another great knit-by-the-pool project. now all i need is a cabana boy and a strawberry margherita. what's on your needles for summer?

8 comments:

Amy said...

I swatched for that pattern last week. It's heartening to hear that it's so easy to memorize.

It's really adorable, and your mods sound great. Love those colors together too.

Claire said...

Your colors are beautiful. Is that kidsilk haze?

jenna said...

I have to assume that there are precious few of us in this world to whom "knitting poolside" sounds like absolute heaven...

I heart summer. Bring on the cotton! :)

Kristen said...

I am slaving away at a cotton (read: heavier than a sack of potatoes) hoodie. I'm sure many would advise against this as well, and I may not have the fortitude or shoulder strength to actually wear the thing. It has proven so far to be an endlessly boring and painful knit. But it's purty! :)

Joanne said...

Greetings from the UK! Even though we don't get much of a summer here I am still knitting one of these. I'll be following your progress with interest!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the link to this pattern. i finally have something to make with the bunch of Brown Sheep Top Of The Lamp sportweight that I bought like, 4 years ago at a LYS clearance!

knittingajour said...

Now I know what to do with my red mohair, thanx! Greetings from the netherlands

Rachel said...

I have an extra ball of that same peacock yarn sitting around...now I know what to do with it...after I finish all the other sweet patterns I have on my list because I see you and Jenna doing them and I feel that I need one too! :)

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