Monday, September 19, 2011

FO: ASH cardi

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At long last! The Apres Surf Hoodie, cast on on March 7th when there was snow on the trees, is finally a Finished Object!
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This is a very popular pattern, by Connie Chang Chinchio. The main modification was turning it into a cardigan, and knitting it in one piece rather than seaming at the sides.
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The trim/icord edging around the center edges and along the hood really held me up, as did setting in the zipper. A well-matching zipper is hard to find. The separating zipper is from Windsor Button in Boston, and I must say, very well-matched indeed. It didn't come with the top little stopper things that prevents the zipper part from flying off the top, so I sewed on a little bead on each side and they do the trick quite nicely.
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This used up less than 3 skeins of Cascade Heritage Sock. Great bang for the buck, and I really like that this yarn is smooth and spoingy and machine washable. All in all, this is the perfect weight sweater for early fall, so it all turned out well in the end that it took over six months to knit.
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The crisp autumnal breezes have brought back the knitting mojo...hopefully this means more knitting and less lollygagging!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Smart people VOTE!

Vote for my friend Elisabeth McKetta for her entry in the Real Simple, Simply Stated competition!

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If you are busy and have no time to read all of the stories, Elisabeth's is the best one by a giraffe's mile. I am happy that I once met the 101-year-old woman in the story. She was a hoot.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

KC

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Look at the train!

After the State Fair, we continued onto Kansas City. It's supposedly the hipper little sister to St Louis, which is I think a pretty good description. We went to some good restaurants, and had time for one museum, the World War I museum.
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I guess back in those days, Missouri was the obvious location for a World War I memorial/museum. I am definitely not a fan of all the glorification of war and gore, but it was not all that warmongery/gory, plus it was a really well curated museum, and a great history review lesson. Extra bonus, I took pictures of all the fiberarts-related stuff to share!

First of all, the uniforms. Most of the US uniforms had this detail where there is shaping in the upper front chest with darts. I have never seen that on regular clothes, but it makes perfect sense, since people are built in 3 dimensions, not 2. Patternmakers of the world, what is this type of dart called?
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I loved that so many of the old clothes, especially knitted garments, showed signs of repair/love. Here is a still-modern-looking crewneck pullover.
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(The gun pointing to it is not cool, but it's impossible to crop out without cutting out the sweater sleeve.)

Here's a great schematic of all the patches for the different insignia for the US army. Back then, who made all the patches? Who makes them now? I like to think they are embroidered by hand still.
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The French apparently sent back the sacks that held food aid, embroidered and decorated, in this case, with crochet lace.
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Close up. Amazing work!
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Closer to home, a Missourian woman made this quilt, made of fabric rectangles that one got for sending in coupons from cigarette boxes. Seriously, if there were nothing to knit or sew, woudn't you take up smoking too, just for the fabric scraps?
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The most prominent part of the museum is this very tall tower. There is, and always has been, an elevator inside, whew.
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This is what is looks like, on the inside. The guides/docents at the museum were all kindly veteran types. One of them stopped the elevator so I could take the picture!
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I LOVE this green.


Poppies, one for every 1000 people who died fighting in the war.
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Somber, the next stop was a big gigantic pick me up, at a book store!
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Holy guacamole! I want one of these in St Louis! Half Price Books! All the time! Inside is like a big chain bookstore, except everything is cheap.
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Even everything in the big huge section of knitting and other crafty books.
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I came away with a few goodies.
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On the first day in KC, DH and I could not resist and checked our work schedules, and he found that through some hideous glitch, he had patients to see the next day. So, the next morning, we woke at the crack of dawn and drove all the way home. So that's it for vacation photos! Alack. At least I got some knitting done!
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A big ocean of stockinette, for the East Hale Cardigan.