Monday, May 19, 2008

My new disguise

Originally uploaded by spinnity
HI knitters,

I'll be poking my head up out of the silence to offer an update on several unfinished stories I left you with in April (Sock Madness, Texas birding photo quiz results, contract knitting + recent knitting gatherings), but today I just wanted to show you my new favorite sweater - my Pentecost Klaralund.

I have wanted to knit this sweater in this color for three years - since I saw Jeni the Knitist in hers at Stitches West 2005. What a great color, what a great use of rectangles + simple stitch pattterns to give a slightly shaped sweater. I bought the pattern and the yarn. I printed the errata. But I was shy about making a twinsy sweater to look *exactly* like the Knitist (with longer hair). Well guess what? Within 8 hours of finishing this sweater, I have already been mistaken for Jeni! My disguise is *perfect*! Bwahahahahahaha!

My Klaralund [rav link] has been on the needles since last fall - October, I think. I finished all the pieces before Stitches West & then got distracted two seams shy of a finished sweater. On May 10th, it suddenly occurred to me that if I sewed up those last two seams, I could wear this sweater to the Pentecost service at church (red for the spirit, don't ya know). One late night seaming session + a few drangling ends later, I had a new sweater! I've named it Pentecost in honor of the color, the season, and the spirit. I think it's the first sweater I've finished for myself since the horrible Summer of Cotton when I knit two lovely sweaters that came out all the wrong size.

Anyway, after church I wore this sweater to Purlescence when I dropped in for Tea & Sympathy. Another knitter who came in after me said "Hey, there's that sweater I have been following around Trader Joe's!" Uh... haven't been in Trader Joe's since finishing the sweater. But I know the Knitist frequents that shop, since she brings yummy snacks from TJ's to our monthly spinning gathering. Only 8 hours into the life of my sweater, it's already working. No one will be able to tell us apart!

I fell kinda bad for Jeni, whose iconic look I've stolen (sorry, Jeni!), but not sorry enough to stop wearing my new favorite sweater - except this week when it has suddenly been in the upper 90's and way too hot to be swathed in wool. But I have a plan - I'll be taking it with me to the Sierra next weekend where I will be the only Klaralund in Plumas county. That & the summer heat should mean that it will be at least September before Jeni and I show up at a party in the same outfit.

Further updates Real Soon Now


Blogger Jocelyn said...

You are *too* funny. I admire your resolve to finish that sweater in this heat! Hope you enjoyed your "contract knitting." She was very pleased.

May 19, 2008 12:24 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

It looks fabulous - I bet you wish you had finished it earlier and been wearing it longer in our actual winter.

Now I'm thinking that I need to knit one too....and it's just my colour....harharhar (evil laugh).

May 19, 2008 2:01 PM  
Anonymous seltsame said...

Yay, you finished it! It's gorgeous. :)

May 19, 2008 2:34 PM  
Blogger no-blog-rachel said...

It looks awesome...Jeni! :)

May 19, 2008 5:11 PM  
Blogger theknitist said...

Wonder Twins power... Activate!

ps. #84 ROCKS!

pps. The sweater looks amazing on you, congrats!

May 19, 2008 6:45 PM  
Blogger Bogie said...

Congratulations on your new sweater, it looks fantastic!

May 19, 2008 8:05 PM  
Blogger Cindy/Snid said...

Well, I have to say that you both look beautiful in it! Yay for FO's!!!

May 19, 2008 9:49 PM  
Blogger Wiz Knitter said...

SEX-EEEE! Looks great. Suits you very well.

May 20, 2008 1:40 PM  
Blogger Baywood Yarns said...

I am glad you finished it because it's awfully purty. And you look GREAT in it. Can't wait to see in person.

May 21, 2008 7:06 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

That is so funny! You didn't want to be twinnies but you are. LOL
That Klaralund looks great on you :-)

May 27, 2008 3:10 PM  

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