Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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    Property rights serve human values.
    They are recognized to that end, and are limited by it.

    -Joseph Weintraub

    Lately I've been doing more than just knitting; I've also been doing some closet cleaning. (Yes my life can be just that exciting! The beau is out of town for the week and I'm working nights. There are only so many options for entertainment.) I've realized that I only need about half the civilian clothes that I have; now that I've been through the seasonal swing in San Diego - if I haven't worn it yet, I won't. In the cleaning, I've also found some knits that just don't have a place in my closet anymore. Before consigning handknits to the vagaries of Goodwill, I thought I'd see if any of you have an interest.

    First up, the felted tote on your left. This is about the size of a laptop case, maybe a little larger, and made of felted Lamb's Pride Bulky. There's a water bottle pocket on the outside and the flower decorations you see. The pattern, I believe, was in one of the Knit It! magazine issues about four years ago. It was great fun to make, but I generally find that felted bags don't have enough structure for me to make it really useful. And if I'm not using it, you might as well.

    Next is the sweater that should be my favorite-ever sweater. It's 'my' color turquoise, cotton, and has lovely cabling. Did I mention that it's a Norah Gaughn pattern? Specifically, it's from a Cast On issue about three or so years ago and I used Reynolds Colors, an Aran weight cotton I had gotten at my first-ever trip to Webs on a fabulous sale. Like I said, it should be My Sweater. The problem? Gauge is an evil mistress. It's a bit too big. And in Aran weight cotton, that's obvious and somewhat uncomfortable. The bust size now is about 40" and, per the pattern, it has a slight a-line shape with gently belled sleeves. The length hits me about mid-hip and I'm 5'2", for some perspective, and the sleeves are about 1 1/2- 2" too long on me.

    In general, the sweater is beautifully made with a lovely attention to details, and it also has the most beautiful set-in sleeves that I've ever made. (If I do say so myself. Aren't they nice? I love full fashioning in crisp cotton.)

    The problem, and the reason that I can't rip out the sweater and remake something else, is that I thought I'd try to make it fit. The cabling was all on the front, with stockinette sides, so I thought I could cut it and sew it together. It kind of worked, but not enough to really get it down to my size, and now it has side seams that are not the tidiest you've ever seen.

    And last but not least is a summer tank up in Lion Brand Homespun. Simple pattern, single cable up the front. Size medium, should fit 34-38" bust. I made it up in a stash busting attempt and just never really wear it. So it you want to, please save yourself the trouble of knitting your own.

    Interested? Leave a comment or email me with your mailing address and I'll send it off for you to use as you see fit. You'd be doing me a favor. If there is more than one person desiring any given item, I'll draw names sometime this weekend. Regular blogging will resume on schedule with a new finished object. I just wanted to give these handknits a chance at a new - knitting - home before they joined the general fray of donated clothing.


    Blogger Jenn said...

    They are all lovely - I hope they find good homes!

    1/23/2007 5:55 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How I would love that turquoise sweater! My color, a Favorite Designer, cables, flattering neckline...However I would have the same fitting issues as you as I'm also 5'2", and always need to shorten sleeves as well.

    1/23/2007 6:27 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oooh, I really like the bag! I think my bag collection wants a new friend. ;-) Perhaps there is something you want in return?

    1/24/2007 7:48 AM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    Cute knits - I'm sure they'll find a good home. I need to clean my closet too, but ugh. Just the thought makes me want to hide under the covers.

    1/24/2007 10:23 AM  
    Blogger margene said...

    It's great that you're giving them new life. I give away stuff I don't like or won't wear, too.

    1/24/2007 10:47 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow, those are all lovely! I hope you can adopt out all of them. If no one else has expressed interest, I may be able to use the summer tank. It looks very teacher-appropriate and the colors and cabling are lovely. :)

    1/24/2007 11:28 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey, I'm 5'2" also. Well, 5'1.75" if you're really counting precisely. One of my motivations in knitting is to knit sweaters that fit! So nice of you to offer up your handknits!

    1/24/2007 11:35 AM  
    Blogger LadyLungDoc said...

    I love the turquoise sweater as well, but at 5'11", the sleeves would end up being too short, I imagine!

    1/24/2007 10:34 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love your site; you have done beautiful work. I have just learned about fanlistings and love the ones you have. If you have a chance to tell me more about them and your project counters too, I would love it. Thanks

    1/25/2007 3:42 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I admire your hard-headed realism (and lack of paralyzing sentimentality) in cleaning out your closets, especially of your handknits. I hang on to everything for a zillion years, clinging to the possibility that I might ever fit into it/start liking it/have something to wear with it that makes it look less hideous.

    I hope you have takers. I'm not sure any of them would fit into my wardrobe quite right, but I think it's cool that you offered!

    1/27/2007 12:26 PM  

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