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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Let's Do the Time Warp Again

Today's trip back in time gives you two different garments from one book. They come from Hollywood Knits by Suss Cousins. This book has lots of basically simple designs - great for beginners- but some good ideas too. The little black square at the top is actually a tube. I can't remember what its called in the book, but I call it a Turtleneck Without the Turtle. You can toss it on with a T shirt or any other top and voila! Your neck is warm, but when you get tired of wearing something on your neck, you just take it off. It can also be worn as a wide headband, and, for the spur of the moment bank robbery, just pull it up over your lower face and you're ready to go. Hey, you never know what the day might bring! Its knit out of Rowan Big Wool and GGH Apart, a really soft, freakishly long eyelash yarn, held together on big needles - 13's maybe. Its just a K1, P1 rib done as a tube. I think it measures 19 or 20 inches around and would be a really easy gift to do. After all, criminals are so hard to buy for.

The sweater below the neckwarmer is the one modeled by Kristy Hume in the book, but her's is a solid color. We're all about the illusion of boobs here at Pink Lemon Twist, so I put a contrast stripe across the boobal area. This sweater was also knit on huge needles - probably 13's here too. Its done with two strands of Brown Sheep Nature Spun worsted held together, in Platte River Blue (I think - don't hold me to this) and a creamy white color. The blue is actually more periwinkle and less gray in person than it looks in the picture. This sweater takes about 10 minutes to knit since it uses doubled yarn and monster needles, but its soft and really easy to wear. I've done at least one other project from that book, but I made so many mods to the original design, it deserves its own entry.

OK, in a flash of inspiration, I had an idea! Maybe on Fridays I should discuss gift ideas. After all, Christmas isn't really that far away, particularly if you're knitting for someone. I'll find some really easy and fast ones as we get closer to Christmas. What do you think?


Blogger Christine said...

Now I have that song stuck in my mind!

I think patterns for Christmas is an excellent idea!

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Robbyn said...

I like the ribbed tube - I think I'm going to have to try that.

And I agree with Christine - the idea of Christmas-pattern-Friday is pretty cool :)

11:09 AM  
Blogger Micky said...

Oh that would be great! I make Christmas presents for everyone every year. So that's now about 30 people. And since I have been doing this for about 14 years, I am running out of ideas. LOL. I usually make ornaments, but I have made other things too. Any ideas would be very helpful!

6:37 PM  
Blogger stephanie said...

ooh! presents!!

9:42 PM  

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