Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blocked Beatnik

Blocked Beatnik... I have visions of a thwarted poet, tugging at his beret while the ideas stay firmly locked up inside his skull.

For whatever reason (probably because I live in a perpetually frozen landscape) knitting is more interesting than sewing right now.  I blocked the hell out of the beatnik, and i love it.  The cables have opened up, the fabric has relaxed (and the sweater grew a much needed 2 inches in length) and it is super soft, warm and comfortable.  I love the waist shaping, and the neckband, which is folded over to give it some definition and heft.  I did block the sleeves unevenly, but that will be fixed next time it is washed.  This is why we DIY.  My Mum will love this, and it looks like a seriously pricy piece of clothing.


Thursday, December 08, 2011


 My version of Norah Gaughn's Beatnik. It still needs a neckband, but the excitement of almost finishing something... well. I love the 60s shape.  From the back I look like the bastard daughter of Kim Kardashian and Christine Hendricks.  Who can be sad about that?

The sweater is actually for my Mum, and the yarn has been knit into three different sweaters (by me).  This one seems like it will keep though.

The strange white glow is sunlight reflecting off of the snow in the elk refuge outside my house.
 And this is the one attempt of sewing I've made in the last month and a half of constant travel (WY, UK, LA, LV).  The famed Michael Kors dress that is beautifully drafted but looked hideousa in person.