Frog in knots

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Heavens Above

I decided to give my Starsky it's debut today and I wore it out to town. While taking a wee rest on a bench I was tag team god-squaded. One I can handle, but ganging up on me just isn't fair. I'm afraid my tolerance only lasts as long as, "No thank you, I'm not interested," three times over politely before the full force of how unamused I am comes through. As they walked off one of them told me I was living my life in darkness.

It looks pretty illuminated to me!

Sorry folks, but that is indeed more glorious sunshine in my neck of the woods. Just promise you won't zoom in, the bags under my eyes are more like suitcases at the moment.

It's made in Woolcraft Aran in cream with flecks of orange, lime and brown in it. It's 75% acrylic /25% new wool and took just under 600g, at £3.99 for a 400g ball it's been a bargain knit and I still have enough left to make a baby aran.

I'm not entirely enamoured with it, after the very fitted style of D.M.B.L.B? this feels a little potato sacky. If I made it again (doubtful) I'd add some shaping into the sides. I need to sew down the back of the shawl collar so it sits in the right place, it will drive me nuts if I don't. I also want to change the beltloops as I don't like them as given in the pattern. If I don't love it by the end of the week there's a queue of people waiting to take it off me. I think I'll grow to love it, I'm just suffering from being sick of looking at it.

The question is - what next?

38 Comments:

At 10:00 pm, Blogger Areli said...

Rain, it's gorgeous! I love, love, love it. I have been anxiously waiting to see one of these finished, and your's is so purty!! I think you will grow to love it once you quit being sick of it, cause it looks great on you!!

 
At 10:11 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

It's lovely!! Don't you just love it when people try to tell you what is best for you? *rolleyes* You're right though, it looks pretty sunshiney to me too!! :)

Brightest blessings my friend. :)

 
At 11:06 pm, Blogger Pam said...

That is beautiful! You did such a good job on it and it looks great on you.

 
At 11:14 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

Another great job and that's the designer in you...your already thinking what you would like to change. You crack me up!By the way very cool jeans. Look at your dog trying to hide his cute little face...ahhhhh

 
At 11:58 pm, Blogger Batty said...

Gorgeous sweater, and I love the picture. Your baby items are incredible, but your adult size sweater is equally amazing. It looks great!

 
At 12:11 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks Areli, I like it, but I think you tend to be very critical of things just after you've made them.

Samantha, I certainly told them what was best for them! Mainly getting the heck away from me.

Thanks Pam.

KnitPastis, I'm turning into a monster with knitting patterns, I'm never happy with anything anymore until I've analysed and modified it to death. *Grin* Those are my 'house' jeans, all threadbare because I've worn them so much and a big rip in one knee. I still love them but can't wear them to go out in. They'll fall off me before I get rid of them.

Cheer Batty, the photo is my Mum's attempts to get used to a digital camera, although a very cool effect.

 
At 1:14 am, Blogger aija said...

Wonderful! Mine has been languishing lately... I'm glad to see yours, perhaps I'll catch the illumination, too :)

 
At 1:30 am, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Oh, it's beautiful! And it suits you so well that the sun itself seems to be congratulating you on a job well done :)

 
At 2:39 am, Anonymous Necia said...

Stunning. You just gave me much encouragement to keep working on mine! Great job!

Necia

 
At 2:40 am, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Oh how beautiful! Damn, when you knit for adults, you go all out! Nicely done!

 
At 3:14 am, Blogger MBT said...

Lovely sweater, lovely photo, and lovely job not shrieking maniacally in the face of the holy rollers - tag-teamed indeed!

 
At 6:04 am, Anonymous kimberly said...

Oh gosh it looks great!! You knit that baby up fast. Do you sleep? Obviously not or you wouldn't have, what did you claim to have, suitcases under your eyes? I don't see them. Gorgeous job. I really want to knit one myself but it's down on the end of my list.

 
At 7:22 am, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Please add me to the queue. Rain, it's gorgeous! And it looks great on you. I, too, think it will grow to become a favorite.

Another amazing FO!

 
At 7:22 am, Blogger Seahorse said...

Starsky looks fab, much better in your pics than I thought it looed at Knitty.

 
At 7:48 am, Blogger nanatoo said...

It looks really, really good. You and your critical designer's eye ;) I think you should keep it for a bit and see if it grows on you.

Well, your list of possible 'next projects' is long enough (like mine.) I'm looking forward to seeing what you will choose.

 
At 8:29 am, Blogger Kalendar Girl said...

Looks fabulous!
Wow, you've really been busy!

 
At 8:35 am, Blogger Rain said...

Quikeye and Necia, thanks, come on! Get knitting!

ReluctantMango, lol and thanks.

Thanks TG, hopefully there will be quite a few adult knits in the near future, our baby boom births will be starting up soon so I have to do something for the wee ones.

Thanks Mary Beth.

Kimberly, I do sleep, albeit not a lot and I had to force myself to plug on with this, it would have taken me forever otherwise.

J&M, you are in the queue ;) but there are two formidable women in front of you - my mother and her friend. I'd only been wearing it for 5 minutes before they were discussing which of them was having it.

Aw thanks Seahorse. I should have done some close up pics really, but my Mum struggles a bit with the digi camera.

Thanks Nanatoo, I can't help it, I'm wearing it again today, so I think it's a keeper. I really can't decde what to make next, I really want to do the craftster circular shrug but I can't get the right colour yarn for it. I might to 'I Do' as I have the yarn in for that. I've got a few baby bits to crank out first.

Thanks Kalendar Girl.

 
At 2:29 pm, Blogger Me said...

really well done!

 
At 6:44 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Definitely a keeper, it looks most excellent :-) The flecked yarn was a great choice.

My sympathies for being harrassed by the lunatic fringe of religion. I once had a really, really great chat with 2 male JWs that were daft enough to ring the doorbell, many years ago. I argued the science platform with them (for amusement mainly) and eventually they gave up LOL!

 
At 9:44 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks Me.

Dreamcatcher, I'm just as intolerant of catalogue ladies, market researchers, clarity collectors.... basically anybody who stops me in the street who isn't asking for the time or directions. No means no people!

Lol, my friend's Dad always invites them in and once they've finished he gives them a lecture on his religion.

 
At 12:44 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Your Starsky looks lovely and I really like the subtle flecks of different colours in the yarn. The photo is amazing! In her attempts to get used to the camera, your Mum has probably done something by accident that professionals would work hard to achieve, getting that effect of illumination. Such a nice play of light! Despite what the bible bashers say, the light loves you!

 
At 6:53 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

Love the Starsky, and from what I've read in the comments just now, sounds like your mum and her friend will be disappointed. And what a bargain knit too - fantastic!

 
At 10:25 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks Knityoga, bless my dear old Mum, she really does try. It looks very cool though.

Thanks Acrylik, I've worn it for 3 days running, so I think we can safely say I love it.

 
At 3:31 pm, Blogger Stefaneener said...

Oh my -- I can't imagine you not liking it over time. It looks the perfect topper to some bulkier clothes; like a big hug.

 
At 5:42 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Oh, it's beautiful. I love the yarn--the flecks of color really give it more interest than a plain off-white yarn would. It looks great on you, but I have the same problem of not always loving my knits right off the needle. I bet it grows on you :)

 
At 7:43 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

It looks gorgeous to me.
The god squad is pretty funny....love the illuminated pic.

 
At 2:28 am, Blogger Bad Amy said...

Super Fantastico!

 
At 2:29 am, Blogger Bad Amy said...

Oh yeah, and direct the Bible-thumpers to my Natalie Rap link. You should bust it out the next time you're tag-teamed.

 
At 9:25 am, Anonymous Dipsy said...

Hi from Austria! Oh, Starsky's turned out so beautiful, and I think it suits you perfectly! Great job done with it indeed!

 
At 10:46 am, Blogger Minnieknits said...

I can live with the Bible bashers - I'm just as fanatical about knitting (ask innocent lady in WHS, picking up SK the other day when I spied her and pounced, brandashing my Montse Stanley handbook and preaching about the 40 odd cast on methods!)
I even give the JWs the time of day on my doorstep and take their magazine (whilst making a mental note of when they called, so that I can avoid opening the door next time!lol)
Starsky looks good, I can imagine there are a few mates hoping that you'll not love it any more!

 
At 11:13 am, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

Teddy perhaps? Nice Starsky!

 
At 9:24 pm, Anonymous Monica said...

I think it looks fabulous! Keep it!

 
At 2:21 am, Blogger String Bean said...

Starsky looks great and very cozy! I can see wrapping up in that on a cold, damp autumn day here in soggy Washington. If you decide you don't want it, you can add me to the list of 'People that want my Starsky".

What's next?

How 'bout some ever reliable socks?

 
At 12:59 pm, Blogger aurora said...

Thanks for posting the pic, Rain. I really wanted to see it. It's lovely.

At easter, I was hassled by a random atheist. He was so cheerful and happy about there being no god.

 
At 4:43 am, Blogger DomesticOverlord said...

Your Starsky is awesome!

Next time tell the God Squad that you have no lord but the almighty Cashmere.

 
At 12:03 pm, Blogger Faerynuff said...

and let there be light!


When I was at uni, some mormons had come over to Wales from the States for some kind of camp.

My housemates and I kept a couple of them chatting for 2 hours trying to explain that we just weren't interested. Fun, but 2 bleeding hours!

 
At 4:11 am, Anonymous Amber said...

Hi! I wandered over here from babbling brook and just had to comment on your Starsky -- it's gorgeous!!

 
At 4:16 am, Blogger Heather said...

Starsky looks great, I've been thinking about making that pattern, it's very similar to the Debbie Bliss hooded jacket I've been wanting to make. It looks amazing, and it fits you perfectly!

 

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